Trieste, Italy, October 16 - 19, 2017.
The Panel will discuss the rapid technology revolution, the large scale services integration, the
new launch options, the Leo and Geo constellations competition and the integration of the
markets which are driving and pushing towards a big transformation in satellite systems, market
perspectives and are creating a major competitive environment.
Moderator: Peter Garland, MDA Corp., Canada
Plenary Panel 1
Space-based free-space optical communications is a concept that has been around since the
invention of lasers in the 1960’s. In the last few years there has been an impressive amount of
activity to demonstrate and launch satellites that carry on-board optical 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 and the optical systems in play today.
Moderator: Pete Vrotsos, Zin Technologies, USA
Plenary Panel 2
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.
Moderator: Marco Lisi, ESA, The Netherlands
Historically, GEO satellites have taken advantage of broad area coverage to identify their sweet
spot which enabled the growth of video distribution services (DBS and DTH) to the consumer.
Today, the desire is for broadband services to anyone, anytime and anywhere. This slow and
steady trend to streaming broadband data to individual users has given rise to competing
technology solutions. This has led to a mismatch of supply and demand and the disruption of
long standing $/MHz pricing models. Where will this all lead?
Moderator: Chris Hoeber, CFH Engineering, USA