Space Communications, Navigation and Earth Observation Systems in the 5G Era

Conference Program

20:00 - 22:30

Ka Band Conference Chairs Dinner (by invitation)
08:00 - 08:30
Foyer
Registration
08:30 - 08:40
Ulisse
Opening Session Welcome
Franco Marconicchio, Space Systems Consultant, Italy and Richard T. Gedney, ACT Co., USA (25th Ka and Broadband Communications Conference Co-Chairs)



08:40 - 09:20
Ulisse
Keynote Technological Innovations in Space Communications by Badri Younes, Deputy Associate Administrator, Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN), NASA HQ, USA
Introduction by Denise Ponchak, NASA GRC, USA

The keynote speech will focus on the interoperable space and how Ka-band is slated to play a major role in enabling it and meeting the Aerospace Industry s need for 5G. Badri will talk about compatibility in space and new Ka-band radios that will allow users to roam in space.

09:20 - 10:50
Ulisse
Round Table Interoperable Space and Enabling Technology and Capabilities

Moderator: Badri Younes, SCaN/NASA HQ, USA

This Panel will discuss the rapid technology revolution in satellite communications technologies from Ka-band to higher frequency bands such as Q/V and beyond to optical systems and how they can meet the future high growth demand. The panel will further discuss suitability of certain frequency bands and technology approaches to enable interoperability among space systems while continuing to meet Market demand for robust connectivity across the globe; and, a growing need for higher capacity and resiliency for mobility services such as in-flight entertainment and autonomous vehicles which will eventually exceed all other markets. Panelists will discuss topics that include overcoming the regulatory boundaries and challenges while discussing level of maturity and readiness of standards and technology in higher frequency bands.

Panelists (in alphabetical order):

1. Skot Butler - Intelsat
2. James Hinds - Airbus UK
3. Jason Robbins - ViaSat
4. Rainee Simons - NASA
5. Stephen Townes - JPL/NASA
6. Enrico Vassallo - ESA

10:50 - 11:15
Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:45
Ulisse Room
Plenary Panel 1 Optical Communications

Moderator: Pete Vrotsos, Director, Satellite Programs, ZIN Technologies, USA

At the 24th Ka Band and 36th ICSSC Conference Plenary Session on Optical Technology and Systems, we heard for industry leaders on the rapidly maturing industrial technology base that will make optical communications price point ever closer to microwave communications. Just as the first Ka-band Conference ushered in the new capabilities enabled by the ACTS satellite, the 25th Ka-band Conference, we are going to explore the new capabilities and applications that optical communications will enable. This year s panel will be industry leaders that will share their perspective on those new capabilities and applications.

Panelists in Alphabetical order:

1. Naoto Kadowaki - Vice President at NICT
2. Stephen A. Townes - Chief Technologist of the Interplanetary Network Directorate & Manager of the Technologies, Standards and Spectrum Program Office at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
3. Thomas H. Wood - Senior Director of Optical Communications & Networking Technologies at LGS Innovations
4. Badri Younes - Deputy Associate Administrator at SCaN / NASA HQ
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch Break
14:30 - 16:10
Ulisse Room
17th BroadSky Workshop: Space Technologies Supporting Aviation

Chair: Naoto Kadowaki, Vice President, NICT, Japan

Recently, flight operation of aircraft is supported by several kinds of space technologies. Many commercial flights provide WiFi services to passengers utilizing satellite communications. Moreover, GNSS plus Space-based Augmentation System (SBAS) and air traffic management (ATM) system utilizing satellite communications are utilized for safer and more efficient flight operations. ICAO decided to use Space Weather information for international aviation.
The Workshop focuses on such space technologies supporting flight operations and services.

PROGRAM (TBD)
14:30 - 16:10
Amalfi Room
Ka 1 New Telecom Systems
Chair: Marco Brancati, Telespazio, Italy
14:30 - 16:10
Capri
Ka 2 Propagation 1
Chair: Carlo Riva, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
14:30 - 15:50
Stampa
Ka 3 Antenna Technologies
Chair: Avraham Freedman, SatixFy, Israel
15:40 - 16:10
Coffee Break
16:30 - 18:30
Ulisse
17th BroadSky Workshop: Space Technologies Supporting Aviation
Chair: Naoto Kadowaki, Vice President, NICT, Japan
16:30 - 18:30
Amalfi
Ka 4 Navigation 1
Chair: Marco Lisi, Indipendent Consultant (former ESA and European GNSS Agency)
16:30 - 17:50
Capri
Ka 5 Q/V Technologies & Experiments
Chair: Tommaso Rossi, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
16:30 - 18:30
Stampa
Ka 6 High Speed Onboard Processing and Digital Payload Architecture and Technologies
Chair: Peter Garland, Consultant (former MDA Corp.)
19:00 - 21:00
Conference Welcome Cocktail Reception
08:00 - 08:30
Oakes Foyer
Registration
08:30 - 10:30
Ulisse
Plenary Panel 2 High accuracy, authentication, precise timing: key GNSS enablers of future integrated applications

Marco Lisi, Indipendent Consultant (former ESA and European GNSS Agency)

In the next months Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), in particular the European GNSS, Galileo, will provide new features in the field of high accuracy, authentication and precise timing.
These new features might become the enablers of future integrated applications, triggered by the parallel developments in satellite communications and in wireless terrestrial networks (5G).
Higher accuracy (centimeter level) is being achieved not only through the adoption of multi-constellation, multi-frequency receivers, but also with the introduction of a free-of-charge Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS), based on a PPP (Precise Point Positioning) approach.
High accuracy is deemed essential for the full development of applications based on autonomy, both for civilian drones (Unmanned or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) and for autonomous cars.
The Galileo Open Service (OS) will soon provide a Navigation Message Authentication feature, known as the Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OS-NMA). Via this feature, users can verify that a navigation message comes from a Galileo satellite and not a potentially malicious source. This new free service will enable an entire new world of applications requiring authentication of user position and time.
Precise timing, being by provided by GNSSs, is becoming essential in many critical infrastructures of our society, starting with the telecommunications networks. 5G, in particular, will raise by one or two orders of magnitude the requirements in terms of synchronization and timing.
With the contribution of leading experts the panel will discuss the exciting, but challenging, opportunities made possible by the integration of GNSS, sensing and telecommunications technologies.

Panelists:

1. Fiammetta Diani, European GNSS Agency, Czech Republic
2. Marco Brancati, Telespazio, Italy
3. Marc Pollina, M3S, France
4. Oscar Pozzobon, Qascom, Italy

08:30 - 10:30
Stampa
6th General Assembly Aldo Paraboni Experimenters Group
Chair: Carlo Riva, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:20
Ulisse
Ka 7 Data Relay Systems
Chair: Denise Pochak, NASA GRC, USA
11:00 - 12:20
Amalfi
Ka 8 HTS Systems & Components
Chair: Hampton Chan, Maxar Technologies, USA
11:00 - 12:20
Capri
Ka 9 Optical Communications
Chair: Pete Vrotsos, ZIN Technologies, USA
11:00 - 12:20
Stampa
6th General Assembly Aldo Paraboni Experimenters Group
Chair: Carlo Riva, Polytechnic of Milan, Italy
12:30 - 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:20
Amalfi
Ka 10 Special Topics 1
Chair: George Haddad, NASA, USA
14:00 - 15:20
Capri
Ka 11 Satellites and 5G 1
Chair: Barry Evans, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
14:00 - 15:40
Stampa
Ka 12 Navigation 2
Chair: Flavio Sbardellati, European GNSS Agency, Czech Republic and Marco Nisi, Sistematica SpA, Italy
15:40 - 16:10
Coffee Break
16:10 - 17:50
Amalfi
Ka 13 Protocols & High Data Rate Waveforms
Chair: Nader Alagha, ESA, The Netherlands
16:10 - 17:10
Capri
Ka 14 Q/V Technologies & Experiments 2
Chair: Naoto Kadowaki, NICT, Japan
16:10 - 18:10
Stampa
Ka 15 Ground Systems
Chair: Richard Gedney, ACTS, USA
20:30 - 23:00
Conference Dinner
08:30 - 10:10
Ulisse
NASA Commercial Services Program
Author: Philip McAlister, NASA HQ, USA

U.S. national space policy requires federal agencies such as NASA to purchase and use commercial space capabilities and services to the maximum practical extent when such capabilities and services are available in the marketplace and meet United States Government requirements. It also requires agencies to “pursue potential opportunities for transferring routine, operational space functions to the commercial space sector where beneficial and cost-effective.” NASA is implementing this policy through a new program, the Communications Services Program (CSP), led by the Commercial Spaceflight Development Division at NASA Headquarters. CPS will work with the commercial market to identify requirements and explore opportunities that are mutually beneficial to NASA and industry, and will develop an acquisition model for incorporating commercial communications services into NASA’s operations.
Mr. Phil McAlister, Director of NASA Commercial Spaceflight Development Division, will discuss NASAs initial plans to achieve commercially provided relay services.


10:10 - 10:30
Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:50
Amalfi
Ka 16 Special Topics 2
Chair: Arduino Patacchini, ARPASAT (Former CEO of Skylogic/Eutelsat), France
10:30 - 12:10
Capri
Ka 17 Propagation 2
Chair: James Nessel, NASA GRC, USA
10:30 - 11:30
Stampa
Ka 18 Satellites and 5G 2
Chair: Chris Hoeber, CFH Engineering, USA (Consultant for the Communications Satellite Industry), USA
12:10 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:50
Amalfi
Ka 19 HTS Systems & Components 2
Chair: Nafiz Karabudak, LM, USA
13:30 - 14:50
Capri
Ka 20 Propagation 3
Chair: Antonio Martellucci, ESA, The Netherlands
13:30 - 14:10
Stampa
Ka 21 Earth Observation
Chair: TBD
14:50 - 15:20
Coffee Break
15:20 - 17:20
Ulisse
Plenary Panel 3 The Disruptive Impact of 5G and Other New Technologies
Moderator: Chris Hoeber, CFH Engineering, USA

As we have for the past three years, we will examine the disruptive forces that are reshaping the space communications ecosystem, starting with the promise of ubiquitous high speed wireless 5G. This is the latest technology wave that is reshaping the communications satellite industry. The first wave was HTS systems that completely changed the bandwidth value proposition. Then came LEO systems, with their embrace of advanced low cost manufacturing techniques, and the rise of entrepreneurial NewSpace. LEO satellites and NewSpace overlap, and they may be two sides of the same coin. Add in the concurrent changes in the terrestrial communications world, with streaming video substituting for linear programming leading to a surge of cord cutting, and the result is a turbulent environment where the next wave of change occurs before the industry has had a chance to react to the last wave.

Panelists (in Alphabetical Order):

1. Marco Brancati - Chief Technology Officer Telespazio
2. Barry Evans - Professor, University of Surrey
3. Peter Garland - Vice President Advanced Programs, MDA Corporation, Canada (retired)
4. Arduino Patacchini - former CEO of Skylogic (Eutelsat) (retired)
5. Jason Robbins - CEO Viasat Europe
6. James Hinds - Director of Strategy Development Space Systems Airbus Defence and Space
7. Badri Younes - Deputy Associate Administrator, Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN), NASA HQ, USA
17:20 - 17:40
Ulisse
Closing Session
Franco Marconicchio, Space Systems Consultant, Italy and Richard T. Gedney, ACT Co., USA (25th Ka and Broadband Communications Conference Co-Chair)

Peter Garland, Consultant, Canada

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