New ITU Service for CubeSats and Nanosats ?

The latest issue of the AMSAT-UK publication OSCAR News highlights the US NTIA proposal to create a new ITU satellite service for CubeSats and NanoSats.

The proposal seeks one or more frequency bands, totalling up to 10 MHz of spectrum, to support command, control, and data relay for nanosatellites and picosatellites performing a variety of functions.

It proposes that a study be undertaken after WRC 2012 so that the item be placed on the preliminary agenda for WRC 2019. It is unclear where the UHF spectrum for a new ITU service would come from.

Read the NTIA proposal ‘Studies for identifying up to 10 MHz of spectrum for space research service in the 400-2025 MHz range for the operation of nanosatellites and picosatellites’.
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/WRC_2012/Documents/NTIA_Proposal/NTIA_Proposal_2011-02-23_8.2(Nanosat).doc

Other NTIA WRC documents can be downloaded from
http://www.ntia.doc.gov/page/documents-and-proposals

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