26th Ka and Broadband Conference - Call for Papers

The 26th Ka and Broadband Communications Conference will be held jointly with the 38th International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC).

The 26th Ka Conference technical sessions and panels will focus on ”Interoperable Communications & Navigation Systems for Earth & Space – the Challenges”.
The conference will look at the evolution and interoperability of telecommunication, navigation and Earth observation satellite systems; constellation and small satellite systems evolution; optical and quantum communications; extension of the 5G network to near Earth, lunar, and deep space environments; the latest results in propagation research at Ka, Q/V and higher bands; navigation; vehicle autonomy and human exploration; wideband data backhaul from scientific and remote sensing; and the challenges of spectrum interference and orbital debris mitigation and control.

The 26th Ka and Broadband Communications Conference is soliciting papers covering the following topics in Telecommunications, Navigation and Earth Observation

Telecommunications


  • Applications and Services, including:
  • • Broadband High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems
    • LEO systems (technology, complexity and economic viability)
    • Small satellites (technology, missions, flight results and market perspectives)
    • Stratospheric platforms (technology and market perspectives)
    • Data relay systems
    • In-Flight system and services
    • Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Dual systems and applications

  • Networks and Ground Terminals, including: Hybrid Terrestrial – Satellite Networks
  • Non-Terrestrial Networks in the 5G world and beyond 5G (e.g. 6G)
  • Network Interoperability
  • Ground Systems, technologies and components
  • Gateways
  • Ground Antennas
  • Propagation Research and Emerging Technologies, including:
  • • Optical and quantum communications
    • Q/V Band technology and experiment
    • Propagation experiments (ongoing and planned) including measurement results

  • Technology, including:
  • • High Speed on-board processing
    • digital payload architecture and technologies
    • Protocols and high data rate waveforms
    • Onboard antenna technology
    • Atomic clocks,
    • Oscillating heat pipes,
    • X-ray technology
    • Nanotube technology
    • Spacecraft technology (including cooperative networks such as spacecraft swarms)
    • Emerging low-cost technology trends: SDR’s, TT&C software, etc.

Navigation


  • Applications and Services
  • Systems & Payload architectures, technologies and components
  • maritime and in-flight communications systems and autonomy
  • Navigation: from Earth to the Moon, and beyond
  • Next generation space communications and navigation architecture
Earth Observation


  • Systems & payloads architecture, technologies and components
  • Imaging systems and instruments for Earth observation, weather tracking and climate science
  • Small Satellite Earth-Observation programs
  • Earth observation Applications and Services
Special Topics


  • Interoperability solutions (standards, technologies, techniques, policies)
  • Software defined networks including resource management and optimization
  • AI, machine learning and data analytics for satellite communications
  • Cognitive communications and networks
  • Integrated applications and services (Telecom, Earth Observation and Navigation)
  • Ready to market commercial applications 
  • Launcher pricing projections
  • Launch systems and rocket reusability
  • On-orbit satellite servicing
  • Systems modeling and market assessment
  • Risk management
  • Frequency coordination and legal & insurance Issues

IMPORTANT DATES

01
ABSTRACT DUE

May 22, 2020

02
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE

June 24, 2020

03
FINAL PAPER DUE

September 18, 2020

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