FCC grants experimental license to AST SpaceMobile for BlueWalker 3 cell phone tests
by Staff Writers
Midland TX (SPX) May 03, 2022
AST SpaceMobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASTS), the company building the first and only space-based cellular broadband network designed to be accessible directly by standard mobile phones, today announced it has received an experimental license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supporting its U.S.-based testing of the BlueWalker 3 satellite. The license covers BlueWalker 3 space-to-ground testing in the United States using 3GPP low-band cellular frequencies and Q/V-band frequencies, subject to certain restrictions.
The authorization comes as the company prepares for the planned summer 2022 launch of BlueWalker 3, its test satellite with an aperture of 693 square feet that is designed to communicate directly with cell phones via 3GPP standard frequencies.
"We appreciate the diligent support of the FCC in providing the experimental license for our upcoming satellite launch," said AST SpaceMobile Founder, Chairman and CEO Abel Avellan. "Together with other testing around the world, this license will enable us to conduct some of our most important testing here, at home, in the United States."
AST SpaceMobile continues to pursue additional authorizations with the FCC related to its planned constellation of BlueBird satellites.
AST SpaceMobile's mission is to eliminate the connectivity gaps faced by today's five billion mobile subscribers moving in and out of coverage zones, and bring cellular broadband to approximately half of the world's population who remain unconnected. Partners in this effort are leading global wireless infrastructure companies, including Rakuten Mobile, Vodafone and American Tower.
Nanoavionics builds first nanosatellite for Promethee's EO constellation
Vilnius, Lithuania (SPX) Apr 29, 2022
Satellite operator Promethee has contracted mission integrator NanoAvionics to build the first nanosatellite for the French company's planned constellation of Earth observation nanosatellites and image analysis platform. "ProtoMethee-1" will be based on NanoAvionics' flight-proven 16U nanosatellite bus M16P. In addition to the satellite with onboard camera and propulsion, NanoAvionics will also provide Promethee with full mission services - testing, integration, launch, licensing, and initial sate ... read more
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