The FCC has allotted spectrum to help the rising variety of US industrial house launches, together with as we speak’s Crew-2 mission.
SpaceX’s Crew-2 launch will ship 4 astronauts – National Aeronautical Space Administration’s Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, Akihiko Hoshide from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, and Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency – into orbit.
Weather-permitting, the launch is scheduled for 10.49am BST (5.49am EDT) on the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel stated:
“Their journey will mark a brand new day in America’s house program. It is feasible, partly, because of the Federal Communications Commission. That’s as a result of Crew-2 is the second flight of a NASA-certified industrial system and the second worldwide crew of 4 to launch on an American industrial spacecraft.
These efforts require Special Temporary Authority from the FCC for the spectrum they want for launch communications. So I’m thrilled to say that we’re capable of play a task on this history-making occasion.”
The FCC is enjoying its half by including a brand new industrial allocation to the 2200-2290 MHz band to help industrial house launches. While frequencies for house launches had been completely allotted for federal businesses previously, the addition of a non-federal, secondary allocation was required for the rise of personal launches.
The regulator can also be asking for enter on the technical guidelines and coordination procedures which might be required for sharing these airwaves and is searching for touch upon using different spectrum bands for industrial house launches.
Specifically, the FCC is contemplating allocations and licensing guidelines for 3 different spectrum bands—420-430 MHz, 2025-2110 MHz, and 5650-5925 MHz.
You can (hopefully) watch the Crew-2 launch right here:
(Image Credit: SpaceX)
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