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ITU Symposium and Workshop on small satellite regulation and communication systems, Santiago de Chile, Chile, 7-9 November 2016

​​​​​ This year’s ITU Symposium and Workshop on small satellite regulation and communication systems will follow the outcomes from 2015 edition (at Prague, Czech Republic) ​as well as strengthen cooperation and partnerships among small satellite projects and services community: policy makers, regulators, manufacturers, launchers, operators, and academia.
The 2016 Symposium will cover the following topics, inter alia:
In this regard, the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau, in kind cooperation of Universidad of Chile, with the support of Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones of Chile (SUBTEL) will organize the “ITU Symposium and Workshop on small satellite regulation and communication systems 2016” (ITU Smallsat-2016), to take place from 7 to 9 November 2016 Santiago de Chile, Chile.


The ITU Smallsat-2016 Symposium and workshop will provide a unique opportunity to the Americas smallsat community meet and share views with the world´s leading experts from administrations, ITU-R sector members, academia, research institutes, satellite operators, industry and launchers who will provide the latest information on their plans, experience and case studies for the development of small satellite networks and distributed earth station networks.
The Symposium participants will learn also about the results of the development of ITU-R WP7B studies - Question SG07.254 related to characteristics and spectrum requirements of satellite systems using nano and pico satellites. The ITU-R WP7B finished these studies and the results of the studies are presented in the Report ITU-R SA.2312 - Characteristics, definitions and spectrum requirements of nanosatellites and picosatellites, as well as systems composed of such satellites and in the Report ITU-R SA.2348 - Current practice and procedures for notifying space networks currently applicable to nanosatellites and picosatellites.
The WRC-12 has invited the ITU-R to study regulatory aspects of the small satellites in the WRC-12 Resolution 757 - Regulatory aspects for nanosatellites and picosatellites to consider whether modifications to the regulatory procedures for notifying satellite networks are needed to facilitate the deployment and operation of nanosatellites and picosatellites, and to take the appropriate actions. Following WRC-15 Agenda Item 9.1.8 - Regulatory aspects for nano- and picosatellites, the WRC-15 decided based on the results of the ITU-R WP7B studies to suppress - Resolution 757 (WRC-12). In the same time the WRC-15 decided about a new Resolution 659 (WRC-15) - Studies to accommodate requirements in the space operation service for non-geostationary satellites with short duration missions and invites ITU-R to study the spectrum requirements for telemetry, tracking and command in the space operation service for the growing number of non-GSO satellites with short duration missions.  ​In addition, the Symposium will permit informal discussions and exchange of information related to deployment and operation small satellites.
On the last day, a specific workshop will be organized to familiarize participants with searching and querying the ITU Space Master International Register (MIFR), Space Networks List (SNL) on-line and Space Networks System (SNS) on-line, use of ITU software for submission and validation of small satellite network filings to ITU, submission of comments on ITU publications published on the BR International Frequency Information Circular (Space Services) (BR IFIC) and rights and obligations in a case of harmful interference to satellite networks recorded in the MIFR.
All participants will be provided with a USB-memory stick with non-GSO satellite related regulatory documents, filing samples and typical small satellite API and Notification publications and all workshop participants will receive a copy of the last BR IFIC (Space services) DVD-ROM with the most updated Space MIFR and BR software required for satellite data capture and validation.

Poster Sessions

Participants of the ITU Symposium and Workshop on small satellite regulation and communication systems 2016 are most welcome to present their posters - during one dedicated poster sessions on Monday 7 November 2016 – see Programme for details.
Poster authors are expected to be present at that time, next to their posters, to be available to answer questions and have discussions with Symposium participants.


The Symposium and workshop will be an open event where participation of national administrations, ITU-R sector members, associates and particularly ITU Academia members, the satellite communications industry and launchers and small satellite user community is strongly encouraged. Although there is no participation fee for this meeting, please note that all expenses concerning travel, accommodation and insurance of participants should be covered by your Administration/Organization/Company.