The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) has established a proceeding on in-space servicing, assembly, and manufacturing capabilities (ISAM). The opening of this proceeding coincides with the Biden Administration’s release of the ISAM National Strategy in April. The Commission believes that modernization of ISAM and ISAM missions can impact countless industries, foster job creation, combat climate change, and help American scientific, technological, economic, and national security interests.
The Commission specifically seeks information on how it can clarify, update, or modify its licensing rules and processes to facilitate advancement of and reduce obstacles for ISAM missions. The proceeding will also evaluate spectrum needs of ISAM missions, the impact of FCC orbital debris rules, and other regulatory issues related to ISAM activities.