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

25th Ka and Broadband Conference - Call for Papers

The 25th Ka and Broadband Communications Conference will be organized with the 37th International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC) and will be held in Sorrento, Italy, from September 30th through October 2nd, 2019.

The 25th Ka Conference technical sessions and panels under the joint conference theme of: Space Communications, Navigation and Earth Observation System in the 5G Era, will focus on Satellite Challenges and Disruptive Changes in the 5G Era. The conference will look at the evolution of telecommunication, navigation and Earth observation satellite systems; integration with the future 5G terrestrial networks; constellation and small satellite evolution; optical communications and extension of the 5G network to near Earth, lunar and deep space environments in support of human exploration; the latest results in propagation research at Ka, Q/V and higher bands; navigation applications such as vehicle autonomy; wideband data backhaul from scientific and remote sensing and the challenges of spectrum, interference and orbital debris management. The 25th Ka and Broadband Communications Conference is soliciting papers covering the following topics in Telecommunications, Navigation and Earth Observation:


• High Speed on-board processing and digital payload architecture and technologies
• High-Speed optical communications
• Broadband High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems
• Satellite backhaul for 5G terrestrial networks
• Protocols and high data rate waveforms
• Antenna technology
• Payload technology
• Propagation research including measurement
• Q/V Band technology and experiments
• Data relay systems
• In-Flight system and services
• Satellite systems for Internet of Things (IoT)
• Telecommunications systems and technology for space exploration (Moon and Mars)
• LEO systems and technologies system complexity and economic viability
• Stratospheric platforms (technology and market perspectives)
• Small satellites (technology, missions, flight results and market perspectives)
• Dual systems and applications


• Next generation space communications and navigation architecture
• Systems & payloads architecture and technologies
• Applications
• Components

Earth Observation

• Systems & payloads
• Imaging systems and point-wise sensors for weather tracking, climate science, and Earth observations
• Small Satellite Earth-Observation programs
• Earth observation data utilization
• Applications

Ground Equipment

• Systems & technologies
• Gateways
• User terminals and low cost commercial Earth terminals
• Components

Special Topics

• Integrated applications and services (Telecom, Earth Observation and Navigation)
• Ready to market commercial applications¬†
• Launcher pricing projections
• On-orbit satellite servicing
• Systems modeling and market assessment
• Risk management
• Frequency coordination and legal & insurance Issues


  May 24, 2019

    KA Notification of Acceptance

  June 28, 2019

    KA Final Paper due

  August 30, 2019


   Information & inquiries should be directed to:

   Ka Conference Technical Program Co-Chairs to and

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