Almost all satellites are using radio frequencies. Since there is no national sovereignty in outer space, the management of radio spectrum essentially relies on an international treaty called the Radio Regulations, which is elaborated by the International Telecommunication Union, the UN specialized agency for ICTs. Since 1906, this treaty is regularly updated by ITU Member States to cope with the advance of radio technologies through an cooperative process of technical and regulatory studies. The presentation will first introduce the international framework for regulating the use the radio frequencies. It will then focus on the specific case of Cubesats with a presentation of the process to get access to radio frequencies for a Cubesat project.
Alexandre Vallet is the current Chief of the Space Services Department in the Radiocommunication Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), since November 2017. Alexandre Vallet began to work in 2000 in the R&D center of Orange dealing with communications satellites. In 2006, he joined the satellite operator Eutelsat where he was in charge of regulatory matters. From 2007 to 2017, he was the Head of the Regulatory affairs and Spectrum/Orbit Resources Department at the French Agency in charge of radio spectrum management (Agence Nationale des Fréquences – ANFR).