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ANTRIX clarifies on launching of 'rogue satellites'

ANTRIX clarifies on launching of 'rogue satellites'

Bengaluru, Ma 13 (UNI) Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of Indian space agency ISRO, today sought its US clients to cross check with the US telecom regulator Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for compliance of regulations before exporting future satellites to India for launch.

The clarification came in the wake of a March 9 report in IEEE spectrum that during the launch of PSLV-C40 on January 12 this year, ISRO had along with other micro satellites launched SpaceBee 1, 2, 3 and 4 that belonged to a US start up Company called Swarm Technologies, which the FCC had rejected a month earlier on safety grounds. The FCC is responsible for regulating commercial satellites, including minimising the chance of accidents in space.

ANTIX in a clarification issued on Tuesday said, ' Cubesats namely SpaceBee -1, 2, 3 & 4 belonging to US start-up company called Swarm Technologies were launched on PSLV C-40 under a commercial agreement with Space Flight, USA. It is reported that FCC has denied authorisation for launch of these satellites due to their tiny size (i.e. less than 10 cms) which makes it difficult to track in the Space Surveillance Network of USA. It is also reported that FCC has with-held the launch of 4 more satellites of the same company through Rocket Lab, New Zealand.’’

‘’ As per commercial launch services agreement of ANTRIX, the customer shall be responsible for obtaining all permits, authorisations and notices of non-opposition from all national and international authorities who have jurisdiction over the Customer Spacecraft Mission. Since this is an internal matter of US, ANTRIX has requested its US clients to cross check with FCC for compliance of regulations before exporting future satellites to India'.


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