The 37th International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC) and its Colloquium will be held in Okinawa, Japan from Tuesday, October 29th through Friday, November 1st, 2019.
The first day, Tuesday, October 29th, is dedicated to the Colloquium which is entitled Disruptive Expansion of Space Laser Communications. The Colloquium complements the ICSSC’s technical sessions and panels and attendance requires a separate registration.
The 37th ICSSC technical sessions and panels, scheduled from Wednesday, October 30th through Friday, November 1st, under the joint conference theme of Space Communications, Navigation and Earth Observation System in the 5G Era, will focus on ensuring a realistic migration, harmonization and integration of space based communications infrastructure within the 5G network.
In addition, satellite communication industries in Asia-Pacific region and the activities will be expected to be introduced during the 37th ICSSC.
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.
Given the Japanese venue of this conference, this plenary discusses satellite activities that are underway in the Asia-Pacific region. Annual economic growth in the region has recently achieved approximately 6%. Concurrently, demand for digitalization and communications is rapidly increasing. Benefiting from these opportunities, the region has become attractive for commercial satellite industries, as economic opportunities in the commercial and government sector emerge. This plenary focuses on introducing the growing satellite industry and related economic activities in the Asia-Pacific region.
Moderator: Dr. Shigeki Kuzuoka, Satellite Business Network, and the head of Euroconsult Japan Office
Dr. Shigeki Kuzuoka received B.S., and Master degree of Engineering from Kobe University, Japan in 1977 and 1979. He also received the Ph.D. at Saga University, Japan in 2003.
He has over 40 years of experience in space business, with a particular focus on earth observation, including business development, sales, and technology consultation. Mr. Kozuoka’s career spans 17 years at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, 13 years at ImageONE, 4 years at NEC Corporation, and 6 years as an individual space business consultant. During his business, he fostered a change in business model from system development to space business services at the above-mentioned corporations. His extensive professional experience covers working with global companies outside of Japan, in both developed and emerging countries.
He has academic research and teaching experiences at national research institutes and universities, in addition to commercial enterprises. He maintains an extensive, global network of personal contacts within the space business and research community.
Smart mobility technologies are under development and trials are being performed world-wide. It is expected that these initiatives will bring solutions for the many of the social issues the world faces today. This plenary panel will focus on smart mobility technologies and GNSS systems that support smart mobility. One GNSS system to be presented, “Michibiki”, is a Japanese GNSS system which consists of Quasi-Zenith satellites and initiated service in November 2018. Other global GNSS and Mobility systems, including regional systems for Europe, the Americas, and the Asia- Pacific region will be discussed.
Moderator: N. Kadowaki, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
Naoto Kadowaki received B.S., Masters degree, and Ph. D. from the University of Tohoku, Sendai, Japan in 1982, 1984 and 2010, respectively. From April 1984 to March 1986, he was with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. He joined Communications Research Laboratory (CRL), currently reorganized as National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in 1986. From 1990 to 1991, he was a visiting researcher to AUSSAT in Sydney, Australia. After he was with Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) from 2004 to 2006, he was the Managing Director of Strategic Planning Department, Director General of Wireless Network Research Institute and Executive Director of Strategic Planning Department in NICT from January 2007, July 2008 and July 2013, respectively. He was the Senior Executive Director from April 2013, and has been Vice President of NICT since April 2017. His main interests of research are mobile and broadband satellite networks and wireless communication networks. He is a member of the IEEE, AIAA and IEICE of Japan.
Commercial terrestrial 5th Generation Mobile Communications (5G) services are being launched in many countries this year. As discussed during the 2018 Joint ICSSC and Ka-Conference, Satcom is positioned to be a component of 5G and is expected to play important roles in 5G deployments, supporting applications such as those expanding coverage to oceans, air space and remote regions. Concurrently, disruption of satellite businesses and technologies is transforming development plans for both. This plenary focuses on new approaches for the communications satellite systems industry under these challenging conditions.
Xavier Lobao, ESA ESTEC
Xavier Lobao accumulates more than 30 years of professional experience in the space sector, primarily in satellite telecommunications. He joined the European Space Agency (ESA) in the year 2000 and has held since a number of different roles in the Telecommunications Department. Since 2012 he is the Head of the Future Projects Division, with responsibility over the setting up of new projects and initiatives in the telecommunication domain. In his position he overlooks trends in the telecommunication and satellite sector and tries to define the best supporting programmes to enhance industry’s competitiveness in the global market, mainly through Public-Private Partnerships. The role of satellite in 5G and Megaconstellations (satcom constellations) are areas of strong focus currently, together with technological trends such as Optical communications. He graduated from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) as a Telecommunication Engineer (MSc), attended the International Space University (ISU) Summer Session Programme and holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM).
Naoto Kadowaki, NICTNaoto Kadowaki received B.S., Masters degree, and Ph. D. from the University of Tohoku, Sendai, Japan in 1982, 1984 and 2010, respectively. From April 1984 to March 1986, he was with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. He joined Communications Research Laboratory (CRL), currently reorganized as National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in 1986. From 1990 to 1991, he was a visiting researcher to AUSSAT in Sydney, Australia. After he was with Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) from 2004 to 2006, he was the Managing Director of Strategic Planning Department, Director General of Wireless Network Research Institute and Executive Director of Strategic Planning Department in NICT from January 2007, July 2008 and July 2013, respectively. He was the Senior Executive Director from April 2013, and has been Vice President of NICT since April 2017. His main interests of research are mobile and broadband satellite networks and wireless communication networks. He is a member of the IEEE, AIAA and IEICE of Japan.
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. 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.
In the last year, we have seen the stated market for new LEO satellites change; and it now looks more like the traditional data GEO market – will cost be the only discriminator, or does latency still count? And last year I predicted that the GEO market would begin to return in 2019. As I write this at midyear, we are half-way to a total of 18. Does this herald the return, or is this a blip?
Moderator: Chris Hoeber, CFH Engineering, USA
Mr. Hoeber is currently consulting for the communications satellite industry, having retired from SSL in 2015 after a long career which included leading the design effort for the first 1300 model Ford Aerospace/SSL product line spacecraft, Superbird-A, and managing that program after the contract award. He pioneered the use of electric propulsion for GEO spacecraft Stationkeeping and he was instrumental in identifying threats due to Passive Intermodulation Products (PIMs) and Solar Array Augmented Electrostatic Discharge – and effective mitigation techniques. His consulting activities have included the design of both GEO satellites and LEO constellations.
He began his career at Hughes Aircraft, where he was responsible for the payload testing of the first domestic communications satellites.
Chris has Electrical Engineering BS and MS degrees from Cornell University. He is an AIAA Fellow and the recipient of the 2016 AIAA Aerospace Communications Award.
He has been married to his wife Mary for 50(!) years, and has two children, Brian and Caitlin.