A new policy by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is likely to increase student spacecraft costs, not good news for technology education

 

Though there are limited and a handful of astronauts, every thousand of college students gets the opportunity to visits space vicariously. Students design and test each of their satellites and then go to work along with professionals of space industry to get them loaded on rockets. This opportunity is available to students for more than 30 years. As Federal Communications Commission is considering to increase communication licensing fees, it will reach beyond the limits of most of the students this opportunity may not be available to them.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing a regulation, in which they will license some education satellite programs. And this proposal can force schools to pay US$135,350 annual fee – plus a $30,000 application fee for the starting first year if they wish to get a federal license which is required for a U.S organization to operate satellite communications.

This will lead to a dramatic increase in cost. A small satellite which is used most commonly in education is the U.S developed CubeSat.