The Future Impact of the ITU Regulatory Framework on Large Constellations of Satellites

  • Claudiu Mihai Tăiatu
Part of the Studies in Space Policy book series (STUDSPACE, volume 19)


This research will address the future impact of the ITU Radio Regulations and ITU-R Recommendation on large constellations of satellites. In particular, this research will analyze the latest findings related to the need for an improved ITU regulatory framework that will specifically address large constellations of satellites.

This research will bring clarification to the problem of bringing into use of frequency assignments to non-GSO systems by analyzing the work of the ITU-R about the implementation of a milestone-based approach system for the future deployment of large constellations of satellites in orbit. In this regard, this research will analyze the necessary legal framework proposed by the WP4A to be discussed at the WRC-19 to prevent the risk of speculative fillings and spectrum warehousing and avoid administrations to block spectrum for others. This research will also address the need for a new ITU-R Recommendation addressing the risk of space debris posed by large constellations of satellites in LEO. Reference will be made to mitigation and remediation of space debris from the ITU’s perspective. The role of the ITU will be analyzed also by referring to the Guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudiu Mihai Tăiatu
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  1. 1.International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL)Leiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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