Spectrum Certification Process on the NASA Life-Cycle Process

For Terrestrial Spectral Authorities, mission developers are encouraged to:
 
i) Prepare a mission operations plan to guide and define needed access to the electromagnetic spectrum; and,
ii) Seek spectrum guidance before designing or procuring any spectrum dependent systems. Such preliminary planning is essential to avoid spectrum regulatory challenges that have affected a number of small satellite missions.
 
For NASA-supported but non-federal (non-NASA) designated space systems, the mission is responsible to follow the FCC and ITU processes for satellite notification and coordination.
 
Pre-Phase A: Concept Studies
Phase A: Concept and Technology Development
Phase B: Preliminary Design & Technology Complementation
Phase C: Final Design & Fabrication
Phase D: System Assembly, Integration & Test, Launch & Checkout
Phase E: Operations & Sustainment
Phase F: Closeout