Commercial Space Applications:  Transformation, Fusion and Competition

Trieste, Italy, October 16 - 19, 2017.

Plenary Panels

Tuesday, October 17

Round Table

Commercial Space Applications: Transformation, Fusion and Competition

The Panel will discuss 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 which are driving and pushing towards a big transformation in satellite systems, market perspectives and are creating a major competitive environment.

Moderator: Peter Garland, MDA Corp., Canada


  • Badri Younes, NASA HQ, USA
  • Marco Lisi, ESA, The Netherlands
  • Naoto Kadowaki, NICT, Japan
  • Marc Agnew, ViaSat, USA
  • Denise Ponchak, NASA, USA

Plenary Panel 1

Optical Technology and Systems

Space-based free-space optical communications is a concept that has been around since the invention of lasers in the 1960’s. In the last few years there has been an impressive amount of activity to demonstrate and launch satellites that carry on-board optical technology. These optical links are being utilized not only for inter-satellite links, but for space-ground links where gigabit data rates are a big enough draw to overcome the large propagation losses they can encounter in the atmosphere and additional pointing requirements. This plenary panel will discuss the state of the art of optical technologies and the optical systems in play today.

Moderator: Pete Vrotsos, Zin Technologies, USA


  • Hughes Boulnois, Airbus, Germany
    Globalisation of Space Based Laser Communication
  • Don Cornwell, NASA, USA
    NASA’s Optical Communications Program for 2018 and beyond
  • Eva Gonzalez, Inmarsat, United Kingdom
    Inmarsat’s View on Optical Communications in Space
  • Harald Hauschildt, ESA ARTES, The Netherlands
    ESA’s ScyLight Programme on Optical Communications and space based Quantum Cryptography
  • David Mitlyng, BridgeSAT, USA
    BridgeSat’s View of the Market and Technology for Optical Systems
  • Sandro Scalise, DLR, Germany
    DLR’s Optical Communications Program for 2018 and beyond

Wednesday, October 18

Plenary Panel 2

Emerging New Markets in Aviation and Autonomy

Rapid new uses of airspace coupled with recent advances in autonomy will change the nature of how people live and work. The growth of the civilian drone services (Unmanned or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, UAS, RPAS) took market analysts totally by surprise. Coupled with the tremendous research taking place in autonomy and it’s applications to self-driving cars and drone operations could cause an exciting new opportunity for satellites.

Moderator: Marco Lisi, ESA, The Netherlands


  • Paul Bosman, EUROCONTROL, Belgium
  • Marco Brancati, Telespazio, Italy
  • Paolo Burzigotti, ESA, The Netherlands
  • Gian-Gherardo Calini, GSA-EU, Czech Republic
  • David Coiley, Inmarsat, United Kingdom
  • Paul Nelson, NASA, USA

Thursday, October 19

Round Table

Disruptive Broadband Systems - NGSO and GEO HTS

Historically, GEO satellites have taken advantage of broad area coverage to identify their sweet spot which enabled the growth of video distribution services (DBS and DTH) to the consumer. Today, the desire is for broadband services to anyone, anytime and anywhere. This slow and steady trend to streaming broadband data to individual users has given rise to competing technology solutions. This has led to a mismatch of supply and demand and the disruption of long standing $/MHz pricing models. Where will this all lead?

Moderator: Chris Hoeber, CFH Engineering, USA


  • Marc Agnew, ViaSat, USA
  • Barry Evans, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
  • Peter Garland, MDA Corp., Canada
  • Rajeev Gopal, Hughes Network Systems, USA
  • James Hinds, Airbus, United Kingdom
  • Achim Kleine, SES, Luxembourg

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