Downlink 10 – Conference Update

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will deliver the welcome address at SATELLITE 2019’s Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 8th. The Administrator will kick off the luncheon proceedings with a speech about new commercial satcom partnership opportunities on NASA space exploration, science, and sustainability projects.

Tickets for the Awards Luncheon can be purchased through SATELLITE 2019 registration.  During the ceremony, Via Satellite will announce the winner of its 2018 Satellite Executive of the Year award, its inaugural Satellite Technology of the Year award, as well reveal the winners of the third annual Startup Space Entrepreneur Pitch Contest. The winners will be determined by a combination of the Via Satellite editorial team and votes that come directly from industry. You can vote for the nominees of their choice online, or onsite at the SATELLITE 2019 event.  There will be stations for attendees to vote at the Via Satellite booth (#543 on the show floor).

OneWeb CEO Adrián Steckel will unveil the operator’s vision following the successful launch of its system during our Monday Closing Keynote on May 6. He will be joined by SoftBank Managing Director Alex Clavel, who will talk about OneWeb and world connectivity as a financial investment, and by The Washington Post’s Christian Davenport, author of “The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos.” Softbank just announced that a High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) joint-venture HAPSMobile with AeroVironment, which will build a HAPS system that delivers telecommunications network connectivity from the sky.

Mr. Leonardo de Morais, Commissioner of Brazil’s Anatel, will be appearing as a speaker for the session “WRC-19: What’s At Stake for the Satellite Industry?” on Wednesday, May 8. He will be joined by Kenneth Turner, Deputy Director, Spectrum Policy and Programs for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Chief Information Office, and Charles Glass, Chief of International Spectrum Policy Division for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

Paul “Rusty” Thomas and Raymond Richards, both Program Managers for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), will speak on the panel “The Space-Based Cloud: A New Dimension For Cybersecurity” on Thursday, May 9. Speakers on this panel session will explain the advantages of cloud and enterprise network services in space. The conversation will include an in-depth look at cybersecurity services at various orbits. The panel will address the question – Can LEO/MEO/GEO support a roadmap of cloud services that includes blockchain based applications and services?

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