Niagara Falls, Canada, October 15 - 18, 2018
Round Table 1
Moderator: Badri Younes, NASA HQ, USA
The Panel will discuss the rapid technology revolution in satellite communications and how private enterprise may complement a role normally undertaken by government agencies,
that of providing communications to manned and unmanned exploration and science missions. The continuation of the International Space Station (ISS) and the move to go back
to the moon and beyond to Mars calls for a much enhanced near earth and deep space network, possibly as an extension of the terrestrial network. More and more space
communications networks will be integrated with the terrestrial network, which calls into question what the government and private sector roles will be. This panel
will discuss many aspects of space exploration communications, including the concept of the Deep Space Gateway as a communications node within an extensive laser
and RF network, providing both long distance point to point and local Wi-Fi connectivity.
Plenary Panel 1
Moderator: Pete Vrotsos, ZIN Technologies, USA
Space-based free-space optical communications is a concept that has been around since the invention of lasers in the 1960’s. Recent
technology developments have also pointed to the introduction of photonic systems in communications payloads, leading eventually to
an all photonic payload. In the last few years there has been an impressive amount of activity to demonstrate and launch satellites
that carry on-board optical communications technology. These optical links are being utilized not only for inter-satellite links,
but for space-ground links where gigabit data rates are a big enough draw to overcome the large propagation losses they can encounter
in the atmosphere and additional pointing requirements. This plenary panel will discuss the state of the art of optical technologies
for Laser ISLs, Space to Ground Laser connections and optical payloads. The panel will also discuss how optical technology will enable
satellite 5G applications and will integrate into the future 5G/LTE world.
Plenary Panel 2
Moderator: Marco Lisi, ESA, The Netherlands
Rapid new uses of airspace coupled with recent advances in autonomy will change the nature of how people live and work. The growth of the civilian drone services
(Unmanned or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, UAS, RPAS) took market analysts totally by surprise. Coupled with the tremendous research taking place in
autonomy and it’s applications to self-driving cars and drone operations could cause an exciting new opportunity for satellites. This panel will
review the role of satellites in supporting mobility and autonomous operations expected to be greatly influenced by the introduction of 5G/LTE in terrestrial networks.
Round Table 2
Moderator: Chris Hoeber, CFH Engineering, USA
For the third straight year, we will examine the disruptive forces that are reshaping the space communications ecosystem. First came the HTS spacecraft, which disrupted the satellite
bandwidth pricing models, and created (temporary?) excess capacity. Then came the LEO systems, which disrupted the satellite procurement and manufacturing models.
In the past year, SpaceX and Telesat launched prototype spacecraft; OneWeb constellation manufacturing moved forward, and the Telesat constellation procurement is
underway. On top of these seismic changes, last year’s panel identified the rollout of Wireless 5G as something that the industry ignores at its own peril, and
predicted that to survive, new manufacturing/service alignments would come into being. So as not to be left behind, manufacturers will have to create a new future,
rather than wait for RFPs. Have we made progress in the past year?