The FCC is taking measures to make the launches of small satellites (but not large constellations) easier on the growing private space industry. The new licensing process should be simpler, easier, and more likely to yield a green light from the agency.

Approved unanimously at today’s open FCC meeting, the new item essentially creates an express lane for anyone looking to launch less than ten satellites weighing under 180 kilograms (about 400 pounds) each. There’s a new fee structure that should make it cheaper for these folks to apply, and should provide more certainty to them that their application will succeed.

This is an increasingly important segment of the satellite market, as startups, universities, and aerospace companies send up experiments or prototypes on the growing

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