Space based Communications, Applications and Technologies in the 5G Era:
Moving forward to the Third Decade of the 21st Century

Niagara Falls, Canada, October 15 - 18, 2018

36th ICSSC Conference - Call for Papers

The 36th International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC) and the 24th Ka and Broadband Communications Conference, two most influential technical conferences on satellite communications systems, will be held jointly in Niagara Falls, Canada, on  October 15 through 18th, 2018. Monday, October 15 will be reserved exclusively for the 36th ICSSC Colloquium.

The theme of the 2017 Joint Conference was transformation and a major panel in that conference identified the challenges the satellite communications industry faces when transforming itself into a world of ubiquitous 5G networks. The 2018 Joint Conference will address those challenges, looking forward to the employment of new technologies, architectures and system solutions over the next 5 years and well into the third decade of this century.
The theme of the Joint Conference is  Space Based Communications, Applications and Technologies in the 5G Era: Moving forward to the Third Decade of the 21st Century.

The Conference will look at a broad spectrum of space communications topics, including the evolution of GEO from traditional area coverage to Ultra High Throughput Satellites (UHTS), the growing number of mega constellations expected to enter service in the next decade, navigation applications such as vehicle autonomy, wideband data backhaul from scientific and remote sensing payloads in LEO, and the extension of the 5G network to near earth, lunar and deep space environments in support of human exploration.
With the continued Transformation and the rapidly emerging introduction of 5G, the 36th International Communications Satellite Systems Conference is soliciting papers in all areas of activity covering the following topics:

  • New/Emerging Satellite Architectures and Concepts
    • NGSO Constellations (Technology, System Complexity, Economic Viability)
    • Stratospheric Platforms (Technology, Missions and Market Perspectives)
    • Small Satellites (Technology, Missions, Flight Results and Market Perspectives)
    • Telecommunications Systems and Technology for Space Exploration (Moon, Mars and beyond)
    • Hosted Payloads
    • Digital Broadcast Platforms (Satellite and User Segment Technologies and Market Perspectives)

  • New Satellite Component Technology
    • High-Speed Optical Communications
    • Optical Payload Technologies
    • Network Protocols (Advanced Coding and Latency Provision)
    • Cognitive Communication Networks
    • Antenna Technology,  Reconfigurable Antennas, Active Direct Radiating Array
    • Q/V Band Technology, Experiments and Systems
    • Optical Feeder Link technologies and systems
    • High Speed Onboard Processing and Digital Payload Architecture and Technologies

  • Satellite Systems Research and Technology Development
    • Security (Physical Layer Through Network Layer)
    • Propagation Research Including Measurement and Modeling
    • Spectrum for New Services
    • Advanced NGSO and GSO inter-system, intra-system, interference mitigation techniques
    • Advanced Digital Payloads and Adaptive Transmit Power Allocation enabling Flexible HTS systems
    • Modular System Design
    • Systems Modeling, Market Assessment and Technology Forecasts
    • Integrated Applications and Services (Telecom, Earth Observation and Navigation)
    • 5G Integration into Satellite Networks
    • Ultra-High Data Rate Modems Power and BW Efficient Modulation

  • New Satellite Markets
    • UTM (UAS Traffic Management)
    • Smart Cars/Smart Cities (Large Scale IoT)
    • Autonomous Vessels
    • Air Traffic Management, In-flight Entertainment, Airline Operations
    • Package Delivery via Drones
    • Consumer satellite broadband in the era of 5G terrestrial rollout
    • Potential new or emerging applications to reinvigorate FSS-MSS growth
    • Launch Services
    • Commercialisation of Space (Tourism and Exploration)


   Information & Inquiries should be directed to:

   the Ka Conference Technical Program Co-Chairs at and at
   the ICSSC Conference Technical Program Co-Chairs at and at
   the Joint Conference Organization at

Early bird fees are available till September 7, 2018.



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