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FCC International Bureau Grants Kuiper Satellite Modification

By Keith Cowing
Status Report
February 10, 2023
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FCC International Bureau Grants Kuiper Satellite Modification

Released: February 8, 2023

  1. In this Order and Authorization (Order), we grant, subject to conditions, the application1 of Kuiper Systems LLC (Kuiper) for modification of its license for a non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) satellite constellation providing fixed-satellite service (FSS) and Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) using Ka-band radio frequencies.2 Specifically, we grant Kuiper’s request for approval of its updated orbital debris mitigation plan, thereby satisfying a condition of our action in 2020 conditionally granting Kuiper’s request to deploy and operate its NGSO system.3 Our action will allow Kuiper to begin deployment of its constellation in order to bring high-speed broadband connectivity to customers around the world
  2. In granting this modification, we have considered the issues raised by interested parties in the record. These issues include, but are not limited to, collision risk, post-mission disposal reliability, completion of satellite design, and orbital separation. To address these and other issues, we require Kuiper to comply with a series of conditions, as outlined below. We adopt requirements for Kuiper to report mitigation actions taken to avoid collisions in space and to coordinate and collaborate with NASA to ensure continued availability of launch windows and on other matters.

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