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.
NASA’s efforts in the evolution of space communication technologies, from Ka-band to optical communications, will be discussed. The focus will be on how these advancements will enable the future of space exploration and contribute to the commercialization of space.
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.