According to the IEEE Spectrum (Mark Harris) the US Store-Forward start up communications firm Swarm Technologies has incurred the wrath of the US Federal Communications Commission by deliberately and knowingly launching four “Space Bee” (aka BEE – Basic Electronic Elements) spacecraft without having FCC permission to do so. The 0.25U cubesat flat plat spacecraft with extendable antennae, with a mass of under 1kg are technically picosats, The satellites were launched as part of the shared payload of an Indian PSLV in January as a demonstration for a new “store-forward” Internet of Things (IoT) communications network. However, because of concerns about their trackability – or lack their of (despite their inbuilt GPS-based position reporting system) – the FCC denied the firm a licence – offering instead to grant licences to a later batch of larger 1U CubeSat sized BEE spacecraft. However, permission for this later launch has now been revoked by the FCC since the launch of the “rogue” satellites.
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