Downlink 9 – Conference Update

Take a Look at What’s Happening at SATELLITE 2019!
#1 – Chances are you’ve heard about Amazon’s new AWS Ground Station program. Recently, Via Satellite sat down for an interview with program manager Shayn Hawthorne to discuss how the Ground Station will be a “game-changer” for the industry, and their partnership with Lockheed Martins new Verge antenna network. We’re excited to welcome both Shayn and Lisa Callahan of Lockheed Martin to the Monday Opening General Session, “What’s the (Next) Big Idea?” Fittingly, the panel will discuss disruption within the space industry, and which technologies may change the status quo. You won’t want to miss it!

#2 – Announcing a new session that will be open to all attendees! Join SATELLITE Chairman Jeffrey Hill as he sits down for a fireside chat with Relativity Space Co-Founder and CEO, Tim Ellis. During “Rockets Built and Launched in Days, Instead of Years” you’ll find out how Relativity is developing the first and only aerospace platform to integrate machine learning, software, and robotics with metal 3D printing technology to build and launch rockets in days instead of years, disrupting 60 years of aerospace technology.

#3 – New Keynote! Adrián Steckel, CEO of OneWeb, will unveil the operator’s vision following the successful launch of its system. He is joined by Alex Clavel, Managing Director & Partner at Softbank, who will talk about OneWeb and world connectivity as a financial investment. The fireside chat will be moderated by Washington Post Space Reporter, Christian Davenport, author of “The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos.”

#4 – Don’t forget about Thursday’s packed conference program! The first of two Executive Roundtables that day will focus on a “GEO Services Five-Year Forecast” with a diverse group of industry execs. You can expect a high-level talk about the future of GEO, with short and long-term market forecasts, coverage of technical milestones, exciting new applications, and more!

#5 – This year’s conference dives into 5G, a challenge and an opportunity for the satellite industry, and a topic that deserves much more discussion. We’re welcoming several speakers from the telecommunications space to bring their expertise to the stage and produce holistic conversations.

#6 – Tuesday’s program will close with “Space Leaders Forum on Navigating the Fractured Geopolitical Landscape,” where our panelists will address the elephant in the room, and outline what’s at stake if we lose our ability collaborate with our international partners. This is a great opportunity to hear from international representatives about the new trend of leading economics walling themselves off, how divisions impact innovation and safety in space, and whether this is a short-term or long-term reality.

#7 – Interested in how the new LEO and MEO constellations will affect the growing capacity and coverage of GEO satellites? Stick around Thursday and attend “Antenna Technology for Advanced Connectivity Networks,” Sponsored by Kymeta, as OneWeb, Harris Corporation, Phasor, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Ball Aerospace, Kymeta, and NSLComm discusses the importance of understanding new passive and active technology and how satellite operators and antenna manufacturers can work together to meet the demands of this ever evolving network.

SATELLITE 2019 starts in less than 4 weeks, so if you haven’t already done so, register now!