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

Plenary Panels

Plenary Round Table

Interoperable Space and Enabling Technology and Capabilities

Moderator: Badri Younes
Deputy Associate Administrator, Space Communications and Navigation (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.

Plenary Panel 1

Optical Communications

Moderator: Pete Vrotsos
Director, Satellite Programs, ZIN Technologies Inc., 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.

Plenary Panel 2

High accuracy, authentication, precise timing: key GNSS enablers of future integrated applications

Moderator: Marco Lisi
Special Advisor to ESA, The Netherlands and Chief Technical Advisor to the European GNSS Agency, ESA, The Netherlands

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 GNSS’s, 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.

Plenary Panel 3

The Disruptive Impact of 5G and Other New Technologies

Moderator: Chris Hoeber
CFH Engineering, USA (Consultant for the Communications Satellite Industry)

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.


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