FICORA grants radio licence for Suomi 100 satellite

Published 22.03.2018

The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) has granted a radio licence for the Suomi 100 satellite system created by Aalto University. The satellite system is comprised of one satellite and two earth stations. The earth stations are located in Espoo and Svalbard.

The satellite will be used for example in researching electromagnetic phenomena in near-earth space, in other words space weather. The satellite is also capable of capturing images of space landscape, for example northern lights.

The satellite will orbit the Earth at an altitude of around 700 kilometres. One orbital period takes around 1 hour and 38 minutes. Weighing only around one kilo, Suomi 100 is a so-called nanosatellite. However, it has all the normal components of a bigger satellite.

Satellite frequencies subject to international agreement

Because of the way they operate, satellites may cause radio interference anywhere in the world. Therefore the use of frequencies must be agreed upon internationally in advance. FICORA sought approval for the radio frequencies used by the Suomi 100 satellite system in accordance with the regulations the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). As part of the approval process, FICORA addressed issues raised by other countries concerning potential interference from the satellite.

- We are excited about the progress of space activities and to see companies introduce new satellites and services. We are pleased to be able to support the growing space sector in Finland. FICORA played an important role in the international negotiations for the frequencies for the Suomi 100 satellite system. The negotiations with the other ITU member countries were launched already in the summer of 2016, explains Director Jarno Ilme from FICORA.

See also

Website for Suomi 100 satellite

Further information

Radio Network Specialist Harri Jores, tel. +358 295 390 445

Suvi Juurakko-Lehikoinen, Head of Fixed Radiocommunication Networks, tel. +358 295 390 446

Email addresses are of the format firstname.lastname(at)

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