Process to apply for space and space receive apparatus licences
This business operating procedure explains how we assess licence applications for space-based communication systems. These are to ensure consistency with:
- Australian regulations related to space and space receive licences
- the international (ITU) regulatory status
- the international (ITU) registration details of the subject satellite network
The procedure covers space or space receive licences within the frequency ranges in the Radiocommunications (Communication with Space Object) Class Licence 2015. You must provide the response from this process with your apparatus licence application.
ESIMs communicating with space stations
Request a space or space receive licence to use earth stations in motion (ESIMs) communicating with geostationary space stations in the fixed-satellite service. This covers the frequency bands:
- 19.7 to 20.2 GHz
- 29.5 to 30.0 GHz
ESIMs communicating with space stations - interim
These are interim arrangements that will be reviewed pending the outcomes of the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2023. Authorisation of ESIMs under this procedure is limited to 1 January 2025. Use it for space and space receive apparatus licences to use ESIMs in the fixed-satellite service communicating with non-geostationary space stations in the frequency ranges 17.7–18.6 GHz, 18.8–19.3 GHz, 19.7–20.2 GHz, 28.5–29.1 GHz and 29.5–30 GHz.