2020 Joint Conference – Plenary Panels

Plenary Panel 1

Emerging Technology Impacts on Future Communications Systems

The emerging technologies of cognitive networks and quantum computing and communications will have a profound effect on future communications systems.The plenary session will include leading scientists, engineers and government policy makers on the benefits and impacts these technologies will have on future communications systems.

pete vrotsos

Pete Vrotsos
Director, Satellite Programs, ZIN Technologies Inc., USA

Plenary Panel 2

From Earth to the Moon, and beyond

The exploration of the Moon (and, in a not so far future, of Mars) with human and robotic missions and its colonization through the establishment of permanent bases will require planetary communications and navigation infrastructures. The possibility to extend the present GNSS capabilities (e.g. Navstar GPS and Galileo) to the Moon orbit and beyond was studied in the past. It is quite clear though that a permanent base on the Moon will require a dedicated PNT infrastructure, integrated with a communications infrastructure. The exploration of Mars and of even more distant planets will require a Deep Space network; several possible solutions are already being studied. Some new technologies, e.g. miniaturized atomic clocks, are actually going to be beneficial to both terrestrial and planetary applications.
The panel will provide, through the participation of recognized experts, an overview of the present status of navigation techniques, extending from the Earth surface up to the Moon, and beyond.

marco lisi

Marco Lisi
Independent consultant (RHEA Group Strategic Advisor)

james schier

James Schier

Plenary Panel 3

Disruption and The Changing Face of the Satellite Industry

The satellite industry is emerging from a period of disruptive change with a changed focus. For the last four years our panels have addressed the sources of disruption and speculated on their impact: LEO Constellations, HTS and its impact on bandwidth pricing, New space and a new satellite manufacturing paradigm, consumer preferences for video distribution, and the advent of 5G wireless standards that offer the prospect of orders of magnitude service improvements. After four years of speculation, new service paradigms are beginning to take shape and the old surrogate metrics that stood for the health of the industry no longer apply. This year we will look at some of the exemplars of the new industry. Are these new or revamped service providers exemplars of the new industry, or are they simply steps along the way to a new future? Join us for a spirited debate.

chris hoeber

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