FCC APPROVES AUDACY LICENSE FOR COMMERCIAL SATELLITE DATA-RELAY CONSTELLATION

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission granted a spectrum license June 7 to Audacy, the Silicon Valley startup planning to establish a space-based commercial communications relay network. Audacy has not yet announced a manufacture for its satellites or communications payloads. However, the company has revealed plans for two precursor missions. Audacy plans to launch a three-unit cubesat built by Clyde Space on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission this fall to test the satellite terminals Audacy designed to connect customers with its network. Audacy also is preparing to send its high data-rate radio to the NanoRacks External Payload Platform on International Space Station, in a mission called Audacy Lynq