In 2002, the 8th Ka Band Utilization Conference will be held in conjunction with the European Mobile/Personal Satcoms (EMPS) Conference, as in 1998, to explore the possible synergies between the multimedia and other services expected at Ka Band with the expansion of the capabilities of mobile systems through S-UMTS and T-UMTS.

Again this year the Conference is hosting  the meeting of  CEPIT, the international group of people and organizations involved in ITALSAT Propagation experiments, which will conclude this year the cycle of annual meetings with the tenth one.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 25 PM in conjunction with the EXPRESS Group Meeting,  coordinated by Thierry Marsault, leader at CELAR, France, for the propagation experiments with the French STENTOR satellite.

Moreover a special educational event is previeed on Linearization: "Reducing Distortion in Power Amplifiers at Microwave and Millimeter Frequencies" by Dr. Allen Katz, Linearizer Technology, Inc./The College of New Jersey, USA at the special rate of 50,00.




EMPS 2002 Final Program
and Registration Form



IIC - Istituto Internazionale delle Comunicazioni
Contact person:
Ms. Clotilde Canepa Fertini
Via Pertinace - Villa Piaggio
16125 Genova, Italy
Phone: +39 0102722383
Fax: +39 0102722183
IIC homepage:

Web page for the Conference:

The Committees


F. Valdoni (Chairman)

Universita' di Roma Tor Vergata

C. Canepa Fertini (Organization)

IIC - Istituto Internazionale delle Comunicazioni

C. Cenami (Organization)

ASI - Agenzia Spaziale Italiana

F. Gargione

Satellite Systems Consultant

A. Garibaldi (Organization)

IIC - Istituto Internazionale delle Comunicazioni

F. Marconicchio

ASI - Agenzia Spaziale Italiana


F. Gargione (Co-chairman)

Satellite Systems Consultant

F. Marconicchio (Co-chairman)

ASI - Agenzia Spaziale Italiana

R. Acosta

NASA Glenn Research Center

R. Bauer

NASA Glenn Research Center

W. T. Brandon

Consultant and co-Editor in Chief, International Journal of Space Communications

B.G. Evans

University of Surrey

R.T. Gedney

Advanced Communications Technology

N. Kadowaki

Communications Research Laboratory

P. Lo Galbo

ESA - European Space Agency

J. Rigley

Communications Research Centre

F. Vatalaro

Universita' di Roma Tor Vergata


The 8th Ka Band Utilization Conference Scope

From the time of the last conference, the economic downturn following the catastrophe of September 11 has caused the failure of the one global system under construction and delayed or redefined the remaining regional systems. It could be concluded, therefore, that Ka Band systems will never materialize.

Instead, we should look upon these events as necessary adjustments from the overly optimistic approach, born of the euphoria of the dotcom economy, taken by the satellite proponents in promoting the systems.

We believe that Ka Band satellite systems can still provide the optimum solution for the distribution of broadband signals to users everywhere in the world, but at a slower pace and when the appropriate applications have been developed and made available at an affordable price. GPS-aided navigation is a killer application for which Ka Band is a natural, when coupled with the provision of broadband communications and entertainment to mobile platforms, especially aircraft.

In this application, Ka Band systems can provide large clear sky bandwidth in flight to meet the essential needs of the cabin and the entertainment and communications needs of the passengers, and then scale back to the needs of the cabin on the ground and during take off and landing, thus maintaining good link margins at constant power.
Other advantages of Ka Band for this application are the small size and low weight of the hardware and the global frequency allocations.

In view of the above considerations, we are adding navigation as a new topic for the conference, and are soliciting papers covering all its aspects, from the problems of the existing systems, to the projections of required services, to systems designed to provide the services, to hardware and software that can be employed for this purpose.

We will continue, of course, with the traditional topics and are therefore soliciting papers in the following areas:

  • Navigation
  • New and updated flight systems
  • Ground Systems
  • Advances in Components
  • Experimental results
  • Propagation/Fade Mitigation
  • Architectures
  • Protocols
  • Financing and Marketing


Preparation and Submission of Extended Abstracts

Authors are invited to submit one page abstracts, indicating the session for which the paper is intended.
Abstracts should be prepared using Microsoft Word for Windows/MAC and submitted via e-mail, together with the full address of the lead author, including telephone, fax and e-mail address to:

on or before March 29, 2002



Important Dates





Extended abstracts submitted via e-mail to the Secretariat.




Main author will be notified of acceptance of the paper via e-mail.




Final copy-ready papers (up to eight pages, including figures) due to the Secretariat.
Electronic submission in Word format is required. For other formats, please check with the Conference Secretariat.
The author's registration and fee payment should be submitted with the paper.


Technical Contact Points


Franco Marconicchio
Agenzia Spaziale Italiana
Phone: +39 06 8567 366
Fax: +39 06 8567 282
E- mail:


Frank Gargione
Satellite Systems Consultant
Phone: +1 609 883 4778
Fax : +1 609 883 0791

Robert A. Bauer
NASA Glenn Research Center
Phone: +1 216 433 3431
Fax: +1 216 433 2371



Jack Rigley
Communications Research Center
Phone: +1 613 991 9309
Fax: +1 613 990 6339

Naoto Kadowaki
Communications Research Laboratory
Phone: +81 4232 77513
Fax: +81 4232 76699



How to reach Baveno
Baveno is located 3 km North of Stresa
Baveno can be reached via the international airport of Milano Malpensa (40 km of Baveno) by the trains starting from the Railway Station of Gallarate (connected to the airport by bus service).
Baveno and Stresa are located on one of the international main railways, which links Milan - Domodossola with Basel and Geneva. All the IC and EC trains stop in Stresa (3 Km from Baveno), few trains stop in Baveno. Taxis are available in Stresa and Baveno. The hotel is closed to the railway station. For further information visit
Baveno can be reached either from Milano (Autostrada A8 - Autostrada dei Laghi), follow direction Gravellona Toce, exit Baveno/Stresa, the hotel is 1 Km from the exit on the main street.
Weather is generally fine at the time of the Conference. In September the average temperature is 22 °C.

is located in a panoramic and picturesque setting, on the shore of Lake Maggiore and surrounded by mountains, with mild climate and luxurious vegetation.

Baveno also offers precious examples of architecture and 19th century villas, and is home to the quarries of the famous pink granite, which has been used in some of the most important monuments in the world.

Lake Maggiore also contains the Borromeo Islands famous for their colors, scents, and architecture whose beauty can be enjoyed in every season.The Islands, facing Baveno, may be easily reached by ferry service.


For further information on the area, please visit the following web sites:

The "Isola Bella" island (literally "Beautiful Island")





The Conference will be held at the Congress Center of the Grand Hotel Dino, Baveno (Lake Maggiore), Italy


Tel.: +39 0323 922201
Fax: +39 0323 924515


General information

Registration Desk

The Registration and Information Desk will be open in the Conference Hotel on Tuesday, September 24, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm and for the following days during the Conference hours.

Conference Dinner
The Conference Dinner will take place on Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 20:30.
Tickets for companions will be available at the Registration Desk.

Presenter Ready Room
Presenters are required to identify themselves to their chairpersons. A Room will be available during the Conference.

Messages will be taken for participants for the duration of the Conference and posted on a message board. Messages for participants should be directed to the Registration Desk as follows:
8th Ka Band Secretariat at Grand Hotel Dino
Phone +39 0323 922201
Fax +39 0323 924515

Accompanying Persons Programs
Tours and excursions for accompanying persons or for anyone interested will be arranged if there is sufficient demand. Information and details will be given in the Final Program.

A copy of the Conference Proceedings (hard copy and CD ROM copy) will be provided in the Conference kit at the Registration. Additional copies will be available for 150,00 Euro.


Ka Band Conference web site:
Contact person:
Ms. Clotilde Canepa Fertini