Communications Satellite Systems:  A Look Back at the First 50 Years and Thoughts on the Next 50

Cleveland, Ohio, October 17 - 20, 2016


The 2016 Colloquium on Commercial Broadband Technologies and their Application to Next Generation Space Exploration Networks will be held prior to the Joint Conference on Monday, October 17, 2016

The Colloquium is organized by the Co-Chairs:
Phil Liebrecht, NASA Headquarters/Space Communications and Navigation, USA and
James Hinds, Airbus Defence & Space, United Kingdom

Colloquium Synopsis

Reliable Communications Systems have been essential to the operation of both manned and unmanned space exploration missions. In Low Earth orbit the NASA Tracking & Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) has provided critical infrastructure in support of both Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) missions and Deep Space networks have enabled interplanetary missions. In the future, with greater emphasis on International Co-operation and with manned missions seeking to go further than the near earth environment, there will be an unprecedented demand for Broadband Space Communications networks.

To date, government built and operated networks have been the backbone of space communications, but in the future space exploration networks will benefit from commercial technology development and from an increasing commercial interest in space. Even now, the ISS has emerged as an extension of the Internet, giving the public unprecedented access to Astronauts on television and social media. With the emergence of space tourism the space network will more and more become an extension of the terrestrial network.

This Colloquium will bring together users of the future space networks to discuss their evolving needs and developers of commercial technologies and services to present potential innovative contributions to future space exploration networking. Subjects such as the extension of IP networking to space, data relay in both the optical and RF spectrum and the potential impact of technologies developed for commercial mega constellations, flexible payloads and High Throughput Geosynchronous satellites on both the technology and operations of communications for space exploration, will be addressed by a panel with wide ranging interest and expertise.

09:00 - 09:10
Colloquium Opening

09:10 - 10:30
Session 1: Space Exploration & Observation Communication Today and Tomorrow
Chair: James Hinds, Airbus Defence & Space, United Kingdom

09:10 - Phil Liebrecht, NASA Headquarters/Space Communications and Navigation, USA
09:30 - Harald Hauschildt, ESA, The Netherlands
09:50 - Richard Pournelle, NanoRacks, USA
10:10 - Q&A

10:30 - 11:00
Lunch Break

11:00 - 12:40
Session 2: Space Exploration Telecom System Designs
Chair: Glyn Thomas, Airbus Defence & Space, United Kingdom

11:00 - Jim Schier, NASA Headquarters / Space Communications and Navigation / Next Generation SCaN Architecture, USA
11:20 - Bas Theelen, EDRS / Astrium Services, Germany
11:40 - David Kenyon, MDA, Canada
12:00 - Eric Watko, iDirect / Space Networks, USA
12:20 - Q&A

12:40 - 13:40
Lunch Break

13:40 - 15:40
Session 3: Space Laser Communication Terminals Today and Tomorrow
Chair: John Horack, Via Light LCT, USA

13:40 - Matthius Motzigemba, TESAT, Germany
14:00 - David Israel, Lincoln Labs Laser Communications Terminal / NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
14:20 - Robert Brumley, Laser Light, USA
14:40 - John Horack, Via Light LCT, USA
15:00 - David Mitlyng, BridgeSat, USA
15:20 - Q&A

15:40 – 16:00
Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:00

Panel 4: Discussion on Development of NG SCaN Networks
Chair: James Hinds, Airbus Defence & Space, United Kingdom

16:00 - Glyn Thomas, Airbus Defence & Space, United Kingdom
16:20 - Rob Singh, Space Systems Loral, USA
16:40 - Phil Liebrecht, NASA Headquarters/Space Communications and Navigation, USA
17:00 - Xavier Lobao, ESA, The Netherlands
17:20 - Sonya Amos, Eutelsat, France
17:40 - Q&A

Registration and Payment

PLEASE REGISTER for the Colloquium by clicking the REGISTRATION button on this page.
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Colloquium Registration Fee
   (not included in the Conference Registration Fee)
  • Access to the Colloquium session,
  • Printed copy of the presentations as provided by the Speakers,
  • Morning and afternoon coffee breaks,
  • Lunch.

on or before
September 1, 2016

USD 200.00

September 1, 2016

USD 250.00

It is possible to attend the Colloquium without attending  the Joint Conference. A separate registration fee is charged to attend the Joint Conference.
Registration before September1, 2016 is highly recommended to take advantage of the reduced registration fee.


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