We would like to thank everyone for attending and supporting the 2018 Joint Conference. We are looking forward to see you again next year in Sorrento (Italy) on Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 at the 25th Ka and Broadband Communications Conference and in Okinawa (Japan) on Oct. 29 - Nov. 1 at the 37th ICSSC.

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

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

Beyond addressing new applications and integration with the future terrestrial networks, the conference technical program and panel discussions will also cover challenges the industry faces in terms of contention for spectrum, interference and orbital debris management.

Given the theme of this year’s conference it is appropriate that we are holding it in Niagara Falls, Canada less than an hour away from Alexander Graham Bell’s family home in Brantford, Ontario.

The Joint Conference will provide a forum for discussing the above challenges together with the latest results in propagation research at Ka and Q/V bands.

36th ICSSC Colloquium

The 2018 Colloquium entitled Satellite for 5G will be held prior to the Joint Conference on Monday, October 15, 2018


Highlights of the Joint Conference:

Keynote Address
Canada in Space

Iain Christie

Executive Vice President, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada


Plenary Opening Session, Keynote Speeches and Plenary Panels
  • Commercial Space Applications: Can Private Enterprise Accommodate a New Deep Space Network
    Moderator: Badri Younes, Deputy Associate Administrator, Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN), NASA HQ, USA
  • Optical Technology and Systems
    Moderator: Pete Vrotsos, Director, Satellite Programs, ZIN Technologies Inc., USA
  • Emerging New Markets in Aviation, Mobility and Autonomy
    Moderator: Marco Lisi, Special Advisor to ESA, The Netherlands and Chief Technical Advisor to the European GNSS Agency
  • Disruptive Change
    Moderator: Chris Hoeber, CFH Engineering, USA (Consultant for the Communications Satellite Industry)


Microwave Over Fiber: Applications and Performance

Allen Katz

Linear Space Technology/Linear Photonics LLC and the College of New Jersey, USA


16th BroadSky Workshop

5G Covering Our Planet

Chair: Naoto Kadowaki, Vice President, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan


5th General Assembly of the Aldo Paraboni Propagation Experimenters Group (ASAPE)

An open forum of researchers performing propagation campaigns with the Aldo Paraboni payload and other satellite payloads at Q/V bands and beyond.




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   Information & Inquiries should be directed to:

   the Ka Conference Technical Program Co-Chairs at rtgedney59@gmail.com and at franco.marconicchio@gmail.com
   the ICSSC Conference Technical Program Co-Chairs at ifiok.otung@southwales.ac.uk and at tho.le-ngoc@mcgill.ca
   the Joint Conference Organization at organizingcommittee@kaconf.org

Early bird fees are available till September 7, 2018.



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