Based on input contributions from the membership, ITU-R discussed the possibility of accelerating the timing of the processing of frequency assignments to non-GSO satellite networks and systems with a short-duration mission not subject to coordination under Section II of RR Article 9. This could be achieved, in part, by taking advantage of the recent development relating to the implementation of an online tool for the submission of all the notices. Other possibilities presented involved the reduction of the period provided to affected administrations to submit their comments. In both cases, the impacts of these modifications on the Radiocommunication Bureau or administrations may need to be further considered. These modifications to the existing regulatory procedures to facilitate the recording of non-GSO satellite systems with short-duration missions in the MIFR, including a draft new WRC Resolution, have been developed to address this issue.
Furthermore, ITU-R has performed studies on spectrum needs for telemetry, tracking and telecommand in the SOS for non-GSO satellites with short duration missions, to assess the suitability of existing allocations to the SOS and, if necessary, to consider possible new allocations. Typical technical parameters for space operations of non-GSO satellites with short duration missions were developed for use in the studies. In addition, technical and regulatory studies including sharing studies were carried out and resulted in different possible options to address the abovementioned spectrum requirements, such as new SOS (Earth-to-space) allocations in the frequency ranges 403-404 MHz or 404-405 MHz, or using the existing SOS allocations in the frequency bands 137-138 MHz (space-to-Earth) and 148-149.9 MHz (Earth-to-space) with associated regulatory provisions appropriately modified for non-GSO satellites with short duration missions.
Taking place in Egypt from 28 October to 22 November 2019, WRC-19 will decide on the modified regulatory procedures, as well as frequency allocations for telemetry, tracking and telecommand in the space operation service, for non-GSO satellite systems with short-duration missions.