FICORA grants radio licence to Reaktor Hello World satellite system

Published 23.04.2018

The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) has granted a radio licence for the Reaktor Hello World satellite system, which is comprised of one satellite and an earth station located in Helsinki.

According to the licence applicant, Reaktor Radio Actives ry, the satellite contains a new type of infrared spectrum camera which enables, for example, the monitoring of the condition of forests and agricultural crops, and cyanobacteria in waters.

One of the aims of Reaktor was to develop a low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite; Reaktor Hello World will orbit the Earth at an altitude of around 650 kilometres. One orbital period takes around 1 hour and 36 minutes. The satellite is a so-called nanosatellite, weighing only a few kilos.

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. FICORA sought approval for the radio frequencies used by the Hello World satellite system in accordance with the regulations of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). As part of the approval process, FICORA addressed the issues raised by other countries concerning potential interference from the satellite.

– Reaktor Hello World is already the fourth Finnish satellite system licensed by FICORA. This shows that also Finnish players can be a part of the globally growing space sector. As small satellites are becoming increasingly common and costs are coming down, new players are able to launch their satellites into space. FICORA works in close cooperation with the Finnish satellite developers and is pleased to be able to support the growing space sector in Finland. FICORA plays an important role in the international negotiations for the frequencies for satellite systems. The negotiations for the Reaktor Hello World satellite system with the other ITU member countries were launched in the autumn of 2016, explains Director Jarno Ilme from FICORA.

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)ficora.fi.

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