Trieste, Italy, October 16 - 19, 2017
The 23rd Ka and Broadband Communications Conference and the
35th AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC), the two most influential
technical conferences on satellite systems, will be held jointly in Trieste, Italy, on October 16 through 19th, 2017.
The first day, October 16, will be devoted exclusively to the 35th ICSSC Colloquium.
The theme of the Conference is Commercial Space Applications: Transformation, Fusion and Competition.
The rapid technology revolution, the large scale services integration, the new launch options, the LEO and GEO constellations competition and the integration of the markets are driving and pushing towards a big transformation in satellite systems. The application and services integration are changing technology and market perspectives. The development of sensor systems and high-speed data links for small satellites and drones holds open the promise for a revolution in global sensing markets. The development of many new LEO systems and small satellites, stratospheric platforms, and GEO systems together with the future exploitation of the new Q/V and possibly W frequency bands are creating a major competitive environment. The Joint Conference 2017 will cover these transformations, propose and discuss new uses, and provide a forum for the exploration of the economic, marketing, technical and regulatory issues affecting these new challenges.
Mr. Younes is presently the Deputy Associate Administrator, responsible for NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN). He is responsible for all activities associated with NASA’s space communications and navigation policy, infrastructure and services, as well as spectrum management and data standards. Mr. Younes leads and manages the SCAN Program Office at NASA Headquarters and oversees all NASA telecommunications and navigation projects and networks, including NASA’s Space Network (SN), Near-earth Network (NEN), and Deep Space Network (DSN). Mr. Younes leads the transformation of all NASA communications networks into a single unified, cohesive and integrated much more capable network. He is also responsible for the development of enabling transformational technologies critical to meeting the Agency’s vision for an integrated SCaN architecture aligned with NASA’s future space exploration needs.
Prior to returning to NASA in 2007, Mr. Younes was the Department of Defense (DoD) Director for Spectrum Management with responsibility for spectrum policy and strategic planning and implementation for the DoD. Under his leadership, the Department has successfully negotiated major win-win agreements with the Federal Communications Commission, National Telecommunications Information Administration, and the U.S. private sector. He had successfully led the DoD spectrum management organization to become more proactive in addressing radio frequency (RF) and spectrum issues and has been instrumental in transforming the management and use of the electromagnetic spectrum within and outside the Department. He has played a lead and positive role in developing the Presidential Initiative Recommendations on Spectrum Reform.
Mr. Younes’ experience spans over thirty years of leadership in microwave and RF systems engineering, digital and analogue signal processing, Electronics and technology. His interpersonal skills and rich linguistic ability have been instrumental in furthering U.S. objectives both nationally and abroad. He has over twenty years of involvement in various forums of the International Telecommunications Union, and has provided direct support to U.S. ambassadors to three World Radio Conferences. Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Younes successfully managed the RF systems engineering and spectrum management for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Space and Ground Networks. He had also successfully managed to completion the design and implement ion of NASA's Second TDRS Ground Terminal (STGT) at the White Sands, New Mexico.
Mr. Younes is a recipient of a number of recognition and performance awards. In particular, the 2005 Meritorious Presidential Rank Award. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, engineering honor society. He holds a Masters in Electronics Engineering from Catholic University of America and had completed all his PhD requirements except for the dissertation.
While the cities and suburbs of developed countries have broadband access, over 50% of the world, including rural America, Europe and Asia, remain without reliable high-speed connectivity. The mission at OneWeb is to build a new global knowledge infrastructure accessible to everyone. This is exciting for those who hunger for the information, freedom, and economic participation the web enables, particularly in rural areas, and especially for the two million schools without broadband. The impact in emerging markets is even greater, where many are without access even at their schools or community centers. Internet access is critical for digital government, health and education, and lack of access impairs financial growth when markets cannot develop, trade and become economically relevant to each other. This issue impacts everyone, and together we can solve it. OneWeb is on a mission to fully bridge the Digital Divide by 2027, making Internet access available and affordable for everyone.
In 2012, Greg founded OneWeb with the mission of enabling Internet access for everyone. Setting a goal of connecting every unconnected school in the world by 2022, he built a team and designed a satellite constellation to achieve that vision. After the system was designed, in 2014 OneWeb raised over $500,000,000
USD in its A-Round from investors including Qualcomm, Bharti, Airbus, Coca-Cola, Echostar, Virgin and
Intelsat, and $1.2bn USD in its B-Round with lead investor Softbank. Greg continues to lead the
architecture and development of the system looking towards its initial activation in 2019.
Prior to OneWeb, in 2007 Greg founded O3b Networks, Ltd. O3b raised approximately 1.3bn USD to design and build a satellite constellation to provide fiber quality backhaul for telecom operators in the most remote markets around the world. Today, O3b has launched 12 satellites. The system provides the highest capacity and lowest latency combination of any satellites built to date. O3b Networks was acquired by SES Corporation in 2016.
Prior to developing O3b, Greg spent three years developing telecommunications in Africa for very rural locations. He built a local team and connected over 200 schools to the internet, provided the first 3G and fiber to the home connections on the continent and focused heavily on developing local operational skills.
In the 1990’s Greg founded a semiconductor cooling technology company which provided thermal solutions to most of the top PC manufacturers such as Dell and Hewlett Packard and eventually gaming consoles such as the XBOX.
After the successful sale of his first company Greg became focused on rural connectivity issues in successively larger endeavors. He has spent much of his time in emerging markets working hands on with technology development and deployment leading to his understanding of the intersection between developed world technologies and emerging market needs.
Greg has been named one of the top 50 influencers of technology and recently received the Arthur C. Clarke award for his space innovation. He lives in Florida, USA with his wife and 5 children. He is also an instrument rated private pilot flying both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.