University of Virginia

1644-EX-ST-2019

Status: Pending

WJ2XMR
2019-09-04

Filing Notes:

DescriptionDate
The purpose of modification is to change the uplink frequency.2019-03-05
Application Form:
OET Special Temporary Authority Report
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL TEMPORARY AUTHORITY

Applicant Name
Name of Applicant:  University of Virginia

Address
Attention: Christopher P. Goyne
Street Address: 570 Edgemont Rd
P.O. Box: 400248
City: Charlottesville
State: VA
Zip Code: 22904
Country:
E-Mail Address: [email protected]

Best Contact
Give the following information of person who can best handle inquiries pertaining to this application:  
Last Name: Miller
First Name: Michael
Title: Licensing Coordinator
Phone Number: 4068593105

Explanation
Please explain in the area below why an STA is necessary:
Three Virginia universities have each have launched a 1U Cubesat. The satellites and ground stations are licensed as follows: University of VA, Cubesat Libertas, License 0263-EX-CM-2018 (the subject of this STA) VA Tech, Cubesat Ceres VT, License 0252-EX-CN-2018 Old Dominion University, Aeternitas, License 0255-EX-CN-2018 Also see attached exhibit for more information on the missions and licenses. They were carried to the International Space Station (ISS) on NG-11 resupply mission, launched April 17, 2019. They were deployed from the ISS on July 3. Since then, despite ongoing attempts, there has been no communication established between the ground stations and the satellites. The current concept of operation is for each university ground station to communicate with the cubesat from that university. We are requesting 3 separate Special Temporary Authorities, of which this is one, to enable each of the three university ground stations to transmit to each of the cubesats, and enable each of the cubesats to transmit to each of the ground stations. Also, we request Special Temporary Authority for the cubesats to communicate with the Wallops Flight Facility. It is thought that a larger antenna may have a better chance of communicating if performance of the cubesats is somehow impaired. All of this is expected to take place only for a limited time. One of the cubesats will deorbit in the next two months.

Purpose of Operation
Please explain the purpose of operation:  The purpose of operation is to troubleshoot communications systems on the 3 cubesats, restore function if possible, and send commands and receive data to carry out the experiments as was intended with the original Experimental license 0263-EX-CM-2018, during the next 6 months.

Information
Callsign: WJ2XMR
Class of Station: FX MO
Nature of Service: Experimental

Requested Period of Operation
Operation Start Date: 09/21/2019
Operation End Date: 03/20/2020

Manufacturer
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
Astronautical Development, LLC Li-2 1 No
Ettus Research N210 USRP 1 No

Certification
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): Michael L Miller
Title of Applicant (if any): Licensing Coordinator
Date: 2019-09-04 00:00:00.0

Station Location
City State Latitude Longitude Mobile Radius of Operation
Nongeosationary, SP Space Station North      West      Nongeostationary, SP
Datum:  NAD 83
Is a directional antenna (other than radar) used?   Yes
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 401.03000000-401.05000000 MHz MO 2.000000 W 2.000000 W P 0.00025000 % 20K0G1D GMSK
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 401.04000000- MHz MO 2.000000 W 2.000000 W P 0.00025000 % 20K0G1D GMSK

City State Latitude Longitude Mobile Radius of Operation
Charlottesville Virginia North  38  1  57 West  78  30  40
Datum:  NAD 83
Is a directional antenna (other than radar) used?   Yes
Exhibit submitted:   Yes
(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 401.03000000-401.05000000 MHz FX 25.000000 W 688.300000 W P 0.00025000 % 20K0G1D GMSK
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 401.04000000- MHz FX 25.000000 W 688.300000 W P 0.00025000 % 20K0G1D GMSK
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 401.08000000- MHz FX 25.000000 W 688.300000 W P 0.00025000 % 20K0G1D GMSK
Action Frequency Station Class Output Power/ERP Mean Peak Frequency Tolerance (+/-) Emission Designator Modulating Signal
New 401.12000000- MHz FX 25.000000 W 688.300000 W P 0.00025000 % 20K0G1D GMSK

City State Latitude Longitude Mobile Radius of Operation
Blacksburg Virginia North  37  13  48 West  80  26  22
Datum:  NAD 83
Is a directional antenna (other than radar) used?   Yes
Exhibit submitted:   Yes
(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 401.04000000- MHz FX 40.000000 W 543.000000 W P 0.00000250 % 20K0G1D GMSK

City State Latitude Longitude Mobile Radius of Operation
Norfolk Virginia North  36  53  8 West  76  18  17
Datum:  NAD 83
Is a directional antenna (other than radar) used?   Yes
Exhibit submitted:   Yes
(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 401.04000000- MHz FX 25.000000 W 380.000000 W P 0.00010000 % 20K0G1D GMSK

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