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

37th International Communications Satellite Systems Conference - Program

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.

Highlights of the 37th ICSSC:


Disruptive Expansion of Space Laser Communications
The Colloquium is organized by the Co-Chairs:
Bernard Edwards, NASA, USA
Zoran Sodnik, ESA, The Netherlands
Morio Toyoshima, NICT, Japan


Keynote Address

Badri Younes

Deputy Associate Administrator, Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN), NASA HQ, USA

Interoperable Networks: Quantum Leap Into the Future

Network interoperability has become increasingly important in the commercial telecommunications industry and essential for Space Exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond.  This keynote speech will discuss the importance of interoperability, the emergence of new technologies that will provide a quantum leap forward for interoperability and the benefits that will ensue.  Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-defined Networks (SDN) along with Ka-Band through Optical technologies providing very-high data rates and the move to common standards and open-source software will pave the way to a future transformation for Cognitive Networks and Quantum Communications.  Benefits of interoperability will include utilization of shared hardware and software, lower cost, increased commerce and for NASA, global participation in exploration.

Plenary Panels
Plenary Panel 1

Satellite Industries and Related Activities in Asia-Pacific Region

Moderator: TBD

As this conference is being held in Japan an opportunity will be taken to discuss the various Satellite activities that are taking place in the Asia- Pacific region. Annual economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region has achieved around 6% in recent years. Concurrently, demand for digitalization and communications is increasing very rapidly. Benefiting from this opportunity, this region has become attractive for commercial satellite industries, as economic opportunities in the commercial and government sector emerge This plenary focuses on introducing this growing satellite industry and related economic activities in the Asia-Pacific region.


  • TBD

Plenary Panel 2

Smart Mobility and GNSS

Moderator: TBD

Smart mobility technologies and trials are being performed world-wide. One hoped for benefit of this activity is that it will bring solutions for the many of the social issues that 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 will be “Michibiki”, a Japanese GNSS system which consists of Quasi-Zenith satellites and which started its services in November 2018. Other global GNSS and Mobility systems, plus regional systems from Europe, The Americas, and Asia- Pacific will be discussed.


  • TBD

Plenary Panel 3

Satcom + 5G Technology and Applications

Moderator: TBD

Commercially viable Terrestrial 5th Generation Mobile Communications (5G) services will appear very soon. As discussed in our 2018 conference, Satcom has already positioned as 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. This plenary focuses on continuing to introduce ideas and concepts for attractive systems and applications that are targeted to make Satcom work as a fully integrated and seamless component of 5G.


  • TBD



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  September 27, 2019


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   the 37th ICSSC Organization  at
   the 37th ICSSC Technical Program Committee at

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