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Small satellites: current legal issues in remote sensing
Author(s): Jill Abeshouse Stern
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the spectrum allocation and licensing issues that must be faced by any company contemplating development of a private remote-sensing satellite system. Pursuant to the Land Remote-Sensing Commercialization Act of 1984, private remote-sensing satellite systems must be licensed by the Secretary of Commerce. Frequency assignment and licensing by the Federal Communications Commission is also required. Although the legal framework is in place, there are still issues to be resolved in the context of specific applications, including those issues arising from the inherent tension between commercial remote-sensing activity and national security concerns.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1991
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1495, Small-Satellite Technology and Applications, (1 July 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45898
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Jill Abeshouse Stern, Miller & Holbrooke (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1495:
Small-Satellite Technology and Applications
Brian J. Horais, Editor(s)

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