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PROPOSALS FOR THE WORK OF THE CONFERENCE Agenda for the 2011

    World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07) Geneva, 22 October - 16 November 2007

    PLENARY MEETING Addendum 9 to

    Document 5-E

    7 September 2007

    Original: English

    United States of America

    PROPOSALS FOR THE WORK OF THE CONFERENCE

    Agenda item 7.2 7.2 to recommend to the Council items for inclusion in the agenda for the next WRC, and to

    give its views on the preliminary agenda for the subsequent conference and on possible agenda

    items for future conferences, taking into account Resolution 803 (WRC-03) Introduction

    At WRC-03, Agenda item 1.6 for the 2007 Conference was adopted to, in part, “... consider

    additional allocations for the aeronautical mobile (R) service in parts of the bands between

    108 MHz and 6 GHz, in accordance with Resolution 414 (WRC-03) ...;”. Studies in support of that agenda item concluded that1:

    ... the accommodation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will likely have impact on overall

    aviation spectrum requirements. There is significant growth forecast in the UAV sector of aviation.

    Though UAVs have traditionally been used in segregated airspace where separation from other air

    traffic can be assured, it is planned to deploy them in non-segregated airspace. If they operate in

    non-segregated civil airspace, they must be integrated safely and adhere to the same operational

    practices as conventional manned aircraft. To accommodate such actions, additional safety

    communication links will be required (AM(R)S and/or aeronautical mobile satellite (R) service

    (AMS(R)S))”; and

    “Although specific spectrum requirements have yet to be fully assessed, material has been received

    regarding UAV integration into non-segregated civil airspace. Because the pilot is located remotely

    from the UAV, bandwidth will be required to support, among other things, each UAV relaying ATC

    instructions to its respective pilot, additional operational data, encryption, and interference

    resilience. These applications will require safety communication links .... While it is expected that

    short-term requirements may be accommodated in either existing aeronautical bands allocated to

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    1 See Sections 1/1.6/1.1 and 1/1.6/1.3 of the CPM Report.

     For reasons of economy, this document is being provided electronically. Participants are, therefore, kindly requested to bring their personal copies to the meeting since no others can be made available. A CD-ROM containing all preparatory documents will be provided to each participant upon arrival.

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    CMR07/5(Add.9)-E (AM(R)S or AMS(R)S) or the new AM(R)S allocations made under this agenda item, given the

    longer term plans for large-scale deployment of UAVs, further additional spectrum may be required

    in the future.”

    The United States proposes to submit a new agenda item on allocations to support unmanned

    aircraft systems to be considered at WRC-11, as shown in the attachment.

Attachment: 1

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    CMR07/5(Add.9)-E

    ATTACHMENT

    Proposal for an additional agenda item to support

    unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)

    Subject: Proposed future WRC agenda item for WRC-11 on allocations to support unmanned

    aircraft systems

    Origin: United States of America

Proposal: to consider spectrum requirements and possible additional spectrum allocations in the

    aeronautical mobile (R) and/or aeronautical mobile-satellite (R) service to support the operation of

    unmanned aerial systems (UASs), in accordance with Resolution [USA-5] (WRC-07)

Background/reason: There is significant growth forecast in the UAS sector of aviation. Though

    UASs have traditionally been used in segregated airspace where separation from other air traffic can

    be assured, it is planned to deploy them in non-segregated airspace. If UASs operate in

    non-segregated civil airspace, they must be integrated safely and adhere to the same operational

    practices as conventional manned aircraft. To accommodate such actions, additional safety

    communication links will be required (such as AM(R)S and/or aeronautical mobile satellite (R)

    service (AMS(R)S)).

    Radiocommunication services concerned: Aeronautical Mobile Route Service (AM(R)S) and Aeronautical Mobile Satellite Route Service (AMS(R)S)

Indication of possible difficulties: None foreseen

    Previous/ongoing studies on the issue: None

Studies to be carried out by: SG 8 with the participation of: SG 4

ITU-R Study Groups concerned: SG 8 and SG 4

ITU resource implications, including financial implications (refer to CV126): Minimal

Common regional proposal: No Multicountry proposal: No

     Number of countries:

Remarks

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    CMR07/5(Add.9)-E MOD USA/5A9/1

    RESOLUTION 803 (Rev.WRC-07)

    Agenda for the 2011 World

    Radiocommunication Conference The World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 20037),

    ...

    ADD USA/5A9/2

    2. UASCOM to consider spectrum requirements and possible additional spectrum allocations

    in the aeronautical mobile (R) and/or aeronautical mobile satellite (R) service to support the

    operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), in accordance with Resolution [USA-5] (WRC-07);

    

    Reasons: To have an agenda item for WRC-11 to consider the spectrum requirements for

    unmanned aerial systems.

    ADD USA/5A9/3

    RESOLUTION [USA-5] (WRC-07)

    Consideration of spectrum allocations for use by

    unmanned aerial systems (UAS)

    The World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2007),

    considering

    a) that worldwide use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is expected to increase

    significantly in the next 10 years;

    b) that there is a possible need for additional aeronautical mobile and/or aeronautical

    mobile-satellite service spectrum to support the operation of future UAS;

    c) that there is a need to protect existing services,

    recognizing

    a) that there are emerging UAS applications, including plans to deploy them in non-

    segregated airspace alongside conventional manned aircraft where the UAS must be integrated

    safely and adhere to the same operational practices as conventional manned aircraft;

    b) that future technologies and performance expectations for UAS will require the use of

    spectrum to support the transfer of UAS status information to its control station, transfer flight

    commands to the UAS from its control station, and real-time relaying of air traffic control

    instructions to and from the UAS operator;

    c) that due to the importance of ensuring the safe operation of UAS in non-segregated

    airspace alongside conventional manned aircraft, this spectrum must be afforded special

    consideration as a safety service according to No. 4.10 of the Radio Regulations (RR);

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    d) that studies will be required to provide a basis for considering regulatory changes,

    including additional allocations, to accommodate spectrum requirements of UAS consistent with

    the protection of incumbent services,

    resolves

    1 that WRC-11 consider spectrum requirements and possible additional spectrum

    allocations for terrestrial and satellite services in the aeronautical mobile (R) and aeronautical

    mobile-satellite (R) services to support the communications requirements of UAS;

    2 that this agenda item shall not be used to identify mobile or mobile-satellite service

    bands for UAS use, rather only to propose, as necessary, new AM(R)S and/or AMS(R)S allocations

    to accommodate UAS,

    further resolves to invite ITU-R

    1 to conduct, as a matter of urgency, studies to determine the spectrum requirements and

    potential frequency bands suitable to support deployment of UAS;

    2 that the studies referred to in further resolves 1 should include sharing and compatibility

    studies with services already having allocations in those bands,

    further invites

    all members of the Radiocommunication Sector and the International Civil Aviation Organization

    (ICAO) to contribute to these studies.

    Reasons: This Resolution details the scope and required studies related to future spectrum

    requirements of unmanned aerial systems communications links.

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