Experimental Radio Applications at the FCC

This is a summary of experimental radio applications received by the FCC during January 11-13, 2010: unmanned aircraft, nuclear reactor communications, aerial surveillance, WiMAX, landslide monitoring, antenna testing, and more.

BAE Systems files an application and supporting exhibit to test radio link equipment used in unmanned aircraft systems. Testing is to be on several frequencies between 310 and 2400 MHz. The application is on hold pending coordination of the band 2360-2390 MHz with the Aerospace and Flight Test Radio Coordinating Council (AFTRCC).

General Dynamics files an application and supporting exhibit to test unmanned aerial surveillance technologies on several bands ranging from 340 MHz to 15.35 GHz. The application is being held pending AFTRCC coordination.

DTE Energy files an application and supporting exhibit to evaluate communications inside and around a nuclear reactor using several bands in the 470-746 MHz range. This application is on hold pending receipt of more information by the FCC.

Ingegneria Dei Sistemi requests Special Temporary Authority to demonstrate landslide monitoring technology in Utah using the band 17.1-17.2 GHz.

Honeywell requests Special Temporary Authority to demonstrate unmanned aerial vehicle technology using 1090 MHz. In follow-up communications between the FCC and Honeywell, there seems to be a misunderstanding regarding the 902-928 MHz and 2390-2500 MHz bands that are indicated in an accompanying exhibit.

Raytheon BBN submits an application and supporting exhibit to operate WiMAX equipment on 2585-2595 MHz in Cambridge, Massachusetts in support of the GENI project.

Andrew Solutions submits an application and supporting exhibit to test new base station antennas, incorporating “state of the art reflector shaping techniques,” on various frequencies between 173.4 MHz and 2690 MHz.

Ericsson requests Special Temporary Authority to demonstrate its QuicLINK W-CDMA radio access and core network system in Yuma, Arizona on several frequencies between 1922.6 and 2117.4 MHz.

Northrup Grumman files an application and supporting exhibit for Special Temporary Authority to demonstrate commercial technologies such as 3G SMS, video, and social network for new military applications. The demonstration is to use several frequencies between 1922.6 and 2117.4 MHz.

CenCen files an application and supporting exhibit for Special Temporary Authority to demonstrate an airborne data communication relay using 15.15-15.35 GHz. The application includes equipment specifications from previous demonstrations, and additional equipment detail.