AMSAT-UK Colloquium 2013

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The BATC crew

At the AMSAT-UK Colloquium I presented various projects, including FUNcube and the new exciting QB50 precursor flight opportunity. I worked with the BATC to make streaming possible, by providing a wired gateway service over WiFI to connect the streaming computer. Also, I presented on behalf of my employer – ISIS – the current work on the World Radio Conference agenda to establish a definition for nanosatellites, in order to try and get the coordination / notification / filing process changed. This way, educational and institutional satellites can move out of the radio amateur bands and file for commercial spectrum.

Resolution 757 (COM6/10) (WRC-12) Regulatory aspects for nano- and pico satellites
invites ITU-R
to examine the procedures for notifying space networks and consider possible modifications to enable the deployment and operation of nano- satellites and pico satellites, taking into account the short development time, short mission time and unique orbital characteristics,

instructs the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau
to report to WRC-15 on the results of these studies

The long term goals of this agenda item are easier / faster access to spectrum for experimental / Proof-Of-Concept satellites with a short mission duration. and for the Amateur radio community: reduce “improper use” of the amateur satellite service by satellites that are not strictly compliant with the definition of an amateur satellite.

If you would like to contribute, then please contact your national administration and ask them to support the work to simplify the notification process!


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