Communications Satellite Systems:  A Look Back at the First 50 Years and Thoughts on the Next 50

Cleveland, Ohio, October 17 - 20, 2016

Conference Program

08:00 - 08:30
Gold Coat Check
Registration
08:30 - 17:30
Gold Room
Colloquium: Commercial Broadband Technologies and Their Application to Next Generation Space Exploration
Co-Chairs:
Phil Liebrecht, NASA Headquarters/Space Communications and Navigation, USA and James Hinds, Airbus Defense & Space, United Kingdom

PROGRAM

09:00 – 09:10 – Gold Room
Colloquium Opening

09:10 - 10:30 – Gold Room
Session 1: Space Exploration & Observation Communication Today and Tomorrow
Chair: James Hinds, Airbus Defence & Space, United Kingdom

09:10 - Phil Liebrecht, NASA Headquarters/Space Communications and Navigation, USA
09:30 - Harald Hauschildt, ESA, The Netherlands
09:50 - Richard Pournelle, NanoRacks, USA
10:10 - Q&A

10:30 – 11:00 - Lunch Break

11:00 - 12:40 – Gold Room
Session 2: Space Exploration Telecom System Designs
Chair: Glyn Thomas, Airbus Defence & Space, United Kingdom

11:00 - Jim Schier, NASA Headquarters / Space Communications and Navigation / Next Generation SCaN Architecture, USA
11:20 - Bas Theelen, EDRS / Astrium Services, Germany
11:40 - David Kenyon, MDA, Canada
12:00 - Eric Watko, iDirect / Space Networks, USA
12:20 - Q&A

12:40 – 13:40 - Lunch Break

13:40 - 15:40 – Gold Room
Session 3: Space Laser Communication Terminals Today and Tomorrow
Chair: John Horack, Via Light LCT, USA

13:40 - Matthius Motzigemba, TESAT LCT, Germany
14:00 - David Israel, Lincoln Labs Laser Communications Terminal / NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
14:20 - Robert Brumley, Laser Light, USA
14:40 - John Horack, Via Light LCT, USA
15:00 - David Mitlyng, BridgeSat, USA
15:20 - Q&A

15:40 – 16:00 - Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:00 – Gold Room
Panel 4: Discussion on Development of NG SCaN Networks
Chair: James Hinds, Airbus Defence & Space, United Kingdom

16:00 - Glyn Thomas, Airbus Defence & Space, United Kingdom
16:20 - Rob Singh, Space Systems Loral, USA
16:40 - Phil Liebrecht, NASA Headquarters/Space Communications and Navigation, USA
17:00 - Michael Harverson, ESA, The Netherlands
17:20 - Sonya Amos, Eutelsat, France
17:40 – Q&A

20:00 - 22:30
Joint Conference Chairs Dinner (by Invitation)
08:00 - 08:30
Gold Coat Check
Registration
08:30 - 09:05
Gold Room
Memorial Tribute for Frank Gargione
08:30 - 09:05

- Welcome and Announcement by Richard Gedney, ACTS Co., USA

– Franco Marconicchio, Space System Consultant, Italy
- Clotilde Canepa Fertini, FGM Events, Italy
- Richard Gedney, ACT Co., USA
- Tom Butash, Innovative Aerospace IS, USA

09:05 - 09:30
Opening Plenary Session

Conference Welcome by:

– James Stegeman, NASA GRC, USA
34th AIAA ICSSC Chair
- Joel Keans, Deputy Director, Space Flight Systems, NASA GRC, USA

09:30 - 10:00
Keynote:
How Will Human Space Exploration Evolve Over the Next 50 Years?
Jason Crusan, Director, Advanced Exploration Systems, NASA HQ, USA

10:00 - 10:20
Coffee Break
10:20 - 11:20
Gold Room
Executive Plenary Panel: Communications Satellite Systems: A Look Back at the First Fifty Years and Thoughts on the Next 50
- Fifty Years of Incredible Progress in Satellite Communications and the Challenge of the Next Fifty Years
Joseph Pelton, Director Emeritus, Space & Advanced Communications Research Institute (SACRI) at George Washington University, USA

- Emerging Technology’s Impact on Society and What Role Space Comm Can Provide (UAVs, Smart Cars, Connecting the World)
John Sankovic, Chief Technologist, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA

- Large LEO Constellations: the Promise for Better Services, their Deployment and their Removal from Orbit
Marc Dupuis, OneWeb, USA




11:20 - 12:30
Gold Room
Executive Plenary Panel (continued)
- Co-existence of Leo and Geo Constellations – Is There an Issue?
Joseph D. Fargnoli, CEO, RITRE Corporation, USA

- Emerging Satcom Technologies (Q/V/W/Optical) What New Services Can They Enable?
Alberto Tuozzi, Head of Telecommunications and Navigation Division, ASI, Italy

- Space Communications to Support Interplanetary Missions
Philip Liebrecht, Deputy Program Manager, NASA Space Communications and Navigation, USA

- Q & A

12:30 - 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:20
Gold Room
Ka 1 Q/V band-based Space Networks: Building the Future I
Chair: Giuseppe Codispoti, ASI, Italy and Tommaso Rossi, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
14:00 - 15:20
Garfield Room
ICSSC 1 Optical Systems and Technologies I
Chair: Daniel Raible, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA
14:00 - 15:20
Halle Room
Ka 2 User Terminals
Chair: Yoel Gat, SatixFy, Israel
14:00 - 15:20
Case Room
ICSSC 2 Next Generation Space Communications and Navigation Architecture I
Chair: James Schier, NASA Headquarters, USA
14:00 - 16:00
Van Aken Room
14th BroadSky Workshop: Opening Up Ways to Deep Space
14:00 - 14:05
Opening Remarks
Naoto Kadowaki, NICT, Japan

14:05 - 14:45
Meeting the Communications Challenges of NASA’s Future Deep Space Missions
Leslie J. Deutsch, NASA/JPL, USA

Since NASA began exploring deep space more than 50 years ago, communications systems performance has increased by 13 orders of magnitude. This was necessary to keep pace with the ever-increasing demands of mission science requirements over this time. Studies have shown that over then next 30 years, NASA will need an additional factor of 1,000 communications performance. This will be accomplished through a combination of improvements to spacecraft systems and NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN.) This talk will examine some of the driving requirements for this increase. It will then consider some of the historic and future trends and finally discuss various new technologies and systems that will enable NASA”s deep space missions in the future.

14:45 - 15:25
Ka Band at ESTRACK: Expanding Deep Space Communication Capabilities
Salvador Marti, ESA/ ESOC, Germany

Deep Space communications have been moving historically to higher frequencies. Last step is the use of Ka Band. The European Space Agency has implemented on ESA Tracking Network of ground Stations (ESTRACK) the use of Ka Band, extending the capabilities of data communication (Telemetry and Command), Tracking/ranging and radio science support. The presentation will provide a survey on the different systems developed by ESA and implemented in the Ground Stations of ESTRACK to support the each day more demanding requirements of the coming Science and Exploration missions.

15:25 - 16:05
AKATSUKI Returns to Venus
Masato Nakamura, JAXA/ISAS, Japan
Japanese Venus orbiter Akatsuki once failed in Venus Orbit Insertion on December, 2010. We made another VOI trial on December 2015 which turned out to be a success. Venus observation started just after the VOI in 2015 and we have a plenty of wonderful data of the Venus’s climate.
15:20 - 15:50
Coffee Break
15:50 - 17:10
Gold Room
Ka 3 Q/V band-based Space Networks: Building the Future II
Chair: Marina Ruggieri and Tommaso Rossi, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
15:50 - 16:50
Garfield Room
ICSSC 3 Optical Systems and Technologies II
Chair: Rob Singh, Space Systems Loral, USA
15:50 - 17:10
Halle Room
Ka 4 Components & Satellite Technologies I
Chair: Janine Dokas, Honeywell Aerospace, Canada
15:50 - 16:50
Case Room
ICSSC 4 Next Generation Space Communications and Navigation Architecture II
Chair: James Schier, NASA Headquarters, USA
16:30 - 17:50
Van Aken Room
14th BroadSky Workshop: Opening Up Ways to Deep Space (Contd)
16:30 - 17:10
Hayabusa and Hayabusa2 - Challenges for Sample Return from Asteroids
Makoto Yoshikawa, JAXA/ISAS, Japan

Hayabusa and Hayabusa2 are the worlds first and second sample return missions from asteroids. Hayabusa revealed the strange nature of a small asteroid named Itokawa, and we were able to get its surface material. Hayabusa2 is now in flight toward Asteroid Ryugu, which is a different type from Itokawa. We present the new technologies developed for these missions including the Ka-band communication system of Hayabusa2.

17:10 - 17:40
Ranging and Optical Communication R&D for Deep Space Missions
Hiroo Kunimori, NICT, Japan

The present R&D activities on Optical Space Communication will be reviewed not only for missions near the Earth but more focus on those for deep space. It covers technology development a super conducting nanowire single photon detector system (SSPD) located in an optical ground station under test observation with a satellite, the development of Pulse Position Modulation(PPM) transceiver used for communication integrated ranging system. It also covers Hayabusa2 optical link experiment conducted in collaboration with space and science organizations namely JAXA, National Astronomical Observatory, and a university institute as well as international partner such as Australian Space Environment Research Center.

17:40- 17:50
Closing Remarks
Naoto Kadowaki, NICT, Japan


19:00 - 21:00

NASA Space Visitor Center
Welcome Cocktail Reception - Sponsored by SatixFy Israel and FGM Events, organizer of the Conference.
08:00 - 08:30
Gold Coat Check
Registration
08:30 - 10:30
Gold Room
Panel 1: Space Debris
Moderator: Dan King, MDA, Canada

Recent years events as Envisat malfunction, Galaxy 15 “zombie sat”, Russian BLITS satellite disabled by Chinese space debris, coupled with the resurgence of Mega Satellite Constellations, has renewed the debate on potential preventive, monitoring, regulatory, enforcement and remediation measures to protect the responsible use and preservation of the Space Environment. This Panel has gathered a number of space professionals and experts that could provide a spectrum of perspectives to this emerging challenge to the global space community.

Panelists:

- Karl Kensinger, Federal Communications Commission/Satellite Division, USA
- Bryan Benedict, SES, USA
- Michel Doyon, Canadian Space Agency, Canada
- John Ratti, MDA, Canada
- Olga Stelmakh, McGill University, Space Laws, Canada
- Chris Kunstadter, XL Catlin, Space Insurance, USA


10:30 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00
Gold Room
Ka 5 Components & Satellite Technology II
Chair: Hampton Chan, Space Systems Loral, USA
11:00 - 12:20
Garfield Room
ICSSC 5 Satellite Systems and Applications
Chair: Tom Butash, Innovative Aerospace IS, USA
11:00 - 12:40
Halle Room
Ka 6 Q/V Propagation
Chair: James Nessel, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA
11:00 - 12:40
Case Room
ICSSC 6 Reconfigurable Software Defined Radio
Chair: Sahana Raghunandan, VT iDirect, USA
11:00 - 12:20
Van Aken Room
Ka 7 Optical Communications
Chair: Naoto Kadowaki, NICT, Japan
12:40 - 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:00
Gold Room
Ka 8 Ground Equipments
Chair: Richard T. Gedney, ACT Co., USA
14:00 - 15:00
Garfield Room
ICSSC 7 Satellite Payload
Chair: Tony Stajcer, COM DEV, Canada
14:00 - 15:20
Halle Room
Ka 9 Telecom New Systems
Chair: Arduino Patacchini, Eutelsat, France
14:00 - 15:20
Case Room
ICSSC 8 Cognitive Communications
Chair: Dale Mortensen, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA
15:20 - 15:50
Coffee Break
15:50 - 17:10
Gold Room
Ka 10 Protocols & Interference
Chair: Mario Blanco, The Mitre, USA
15:50 - 17:10
Garfield Room
ICSSC 9 High Throughput & Multi-beam Systems
Chair: Douglas McKinnon, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, USA
15:50 - 17:30
Halle Room
Ka 11 Telecom Applications
Chair: Marco Brancati, Telespazio, Italy
15:50 - 17:30
Case Room
ICSSC 10 High Order and Bandwidth Efficient Waveforms
Chair: Eric Butte, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, USA
20:30 - 23:00

Conference Dinner
The Cleveland Public Auditorium - Sponsored by Eutelsat SA.
08:30 - 09:30
Gold Room
Ka 12 Telecom Systems
Chair: James Stegeman, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA
08:30 - 09:30
Garfield Room
ICSSC 11 Microwave Components
Chair: Rainee Simons, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA
08:30 - 09:50
Halle Room
Ka 13 Propagation I
Chair: Carlo Riva, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
08:30 - 09:30
Case Room
ICSSC 12 Propagation & Mitigation
Chair: James Nessel, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA
08:30 - 09:50
Van Aken Room
ICSSC 17 Multi-carriers (e.g. OFDM) Waveforms
Chair: Obed Sands, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA
09:50 - 10:20
Coffee Break
10:20 - 12:00
Gold Room
Ka 14 Architecture & Payloads
Chair: Tom Butash, Innovative Aerospace, USA
10:20 - 11:20
Garfield Room
ICSSC 13 Antenna Technologies
Chair: John Walker, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, USA
10:20 - 11:40
Halle Room
Ka 15 Propagation II
Chair: Glyn Thomas, Airbus Defense & Space, United Kingdom
10:20 - 12:00
Case Room
ICSSC 14 Internetworking and Communications
Chair: Philip Paulsen, NASA Glenn Research Center, USA
12:00 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:30
Gold Room
ICSSC 15 RF Distortion Mitigation
Chair: Krishna Pande, MSN, USA
13:30 - 14:30
Halle Room
ICSSC 19 Earth Terminals and Station Architecture Advancements
Chair: Dilip Gokhale, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, USA
14:50 - 15:20
Coffee Break
15:20 - 18:00
Gold Room
Panel 3: Paradigm Change? NGSO Constellations in a GEO World
Chair: Chris Hoeber, CFH Engineering, USA

The panel will address the business viability of proposed systems, the potential impact on today’s service providers of disruptive technology, and the regulatory issues that must be addressed by the new system.

Panelists:
• Hampton Chan, Vice President Payload Systems, SSL, USA
• Marc Dupuis, Policy Director at OneWeb, USA
• Joseph D. Fargnoli, CEO at RITRE Corporation, USA
• Erwin Hudson, VP & GM at ViaSat, USA
• Stan Kay, VP Engineering at Hughes Network Services, USA


18:00 - 18:20
Gold Room
Closing - Adjournment
Chair: Frank Gargione and James Stegeman, Co-General Chairs of the 2016 Joint Conference
ORGANIZED BY
MEMORIAL TRIBUTE
for FRANK GARGIONE


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