University of Southern California


Status: Pending

Application Form:
OET Special Temporary Authority Report

Applicant Name
Name of Applicant:  University of Southern California

Attention: David Barnhart
Street Address: 4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 1001
P.O. Box: 90292
City: Marina del Rey
State: CA
Zip Code: 90292
Country: United States
E-Mail Address: [email protected]

Best Contact
Give the following information of person who can best handle inquiries pertaining to this application:  
Last Name: Barnhart
First Name: David
Title: Director, SERC
Phone Number: 3104488644

Please explain in the area below why an STA is necessary:
USC Space Engineering Research Center has a student class project to build and launched a 1U Cubesat into LEO. FireFly has offered a free launch spot, and the 1U will enter LEO orbit. Expected to only last 1-3 months in the orbit. Our Cubesat is using a UHF Beacon only to send information down, no active control and no uplink capability. STA requested to allow us to transmit the data down in UHF amateur band.

Purpose of Operation
Please explain the purpose of operation:  The purpose of the Cubesat flight is to allow students to build, integration and launch a 1U satellite within a single semester. The satellite (MAGNETO) will take magnetometer measurements during its orbit and send down to the USC ground station located in LA CA.

Class of Station: MO
Nature of Service: Experimental

Requested Period of Operation
Operation Start Date: 03/01/2020
Operation End Date: 06/30/2020

List below transmitting equipment to be installed (if experimental, so state) if additional rows are required, please submit equipment list as an exhibit:  
Manufacturer Model Number No. Of Units Experimental
Stensat Group Stensat Beacon 1 No

Neither the applicant nor any other party to the application is subject to a denial of Federal benefits that includes FCC benefits pursuant to Section 5301 of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, 21 U.S.C. Section 862, because of a conviction for possession or distribution of a controlled substance. The applicant hereby waives any claim to the use of any particular frequency or electromagnetic spectrum as against the regulatory power of the United States because of the prvious use of the same, whether by license or otherwise, and requests authorization in accordance with this application. (See Section 304 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.) The applicant acknowledges that all statements made in this application and attached exhibits are considered material representations, and that all the exhibits part hereof and are incorporated herein as if set out in full in this application; undersigned certifies that all statements in this application are true, complete and correct to the best of his/her knowledge and belief and are made in good faith. Applicant certifies that construction of the station would NOT be an action which is likely to have a significant environmental effect. See the Commission's Rules, 47 CFR1.1301-1.1319.
Signature of Applicant (Authorized person filing form): David A Barnhart
Title of Applicant (if any): Director, SERC
Date: 2019-09-26 00:00:00.0

Station Location
City State Latitude Longitude Mobile Radius of Operation
NONGEOSTATIONARY Space Station North      West      Low Earth Orbit
Datum:  NAD 83
Is a directional antenna (other than radar) used?   No
Exhibit submitted:   No
(a) Width of beam in degrees at the half-power point:  
(b) Orientation in horizontal plane:  
(c) Orientation in vertical plane:  
Will the antenna extend more than 6 meters above the ground, or if mounted on an existing building, will it extend more than 6 meters above the building, or will the proposed antenna be mounted on an existing structure other than a building?   No
(a) Overall height above ground to tip of antenna in meters:  
(b) Elevation of ground at antenna site above mean sea level in meters:  
(c) Distance to nearest aircraft landing area in kilometers:  
(d) List any natural formations of existing man-made structures (hills, trees, water tanks, towers, etc.) which, in the opinion of the applicant, would tend to shield the antenna from aircraft:
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 437.00000000-437.60000000 MHz MO 1.000000 W 3.000000 W M 10.00000000 % 20M0F1D AFSK 115200 Baud


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