Frequent technology disruption is the new normal in all aspects of our lives, and the space industry is no exception to the trend. Which technologies will disrupt the status quo? Which technologies or applications will rearrange the space value chain? Karl Klaus notes in the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” that the space industry revolution is now being driven by ‘spin-in’ benefits from other industries. We kick off SATELLITE 2019 with a group discussion on a range of technologies that may change the space industry status quo, including: cloud computing; new analytics and data fusion; 3D printing; lasers; robotics; block chain; machine learning; IoT; and new propulsion systems. While it is difficult to determine exactly when certain technologies might become “game changers,” this panel will focus on the “trigger points” which could advance the state of play for game changing technologies in space. Open to all attendees.
NSR President Christopher Baugh kicks off our 2019 Finance Forum with an outline of the day’s program and his view on the state of satellite financing.
The number of international players in space is on the rise. Many established participants are keen to expand their space activities. In this new global space environment, the U.S. seeks to ease regulations on private space industry, thereby enhancing their competitiveness in the global market. For instance, the White House’s Space Policy Directive-2 instructs multiple departments to focus on developing a new regulatory regime for streamlining processes to ease the regulatory burden on the private sector.
On a larger scale, the globalization of space has increased pressure to reduce the cost of participation in space. Yet the race to the bottom may not be a one-way path. This presentation seeks to understand key levers (both market liberalization and market intervention) that can encourage private enterprise and commercial space sector growth including: policies, tax structures and regulations that enable a competitive space industry; adequate funding for national security space and space technology investments; and other initiatives and commercial space regulatory reforms.
With the fast pace of innovation in space systems, Space Sustainability remains a growing concern. In an attempt to address the topic, the World Economic Forum’s Council for Space Technology is developing a Space Sustainability Rating whereby actors can volunteer to undergo an evaluation of their mission through a questionnaire to establish a rating. A positive rating would showcase the level of sustainability a given actor is willing to adopt to minimize the creation of orbital debris linked to its mission. By sharing its rating, the actor would provide a single point of reference externally for their mission, thereby increasing transparency and placing emphasis on its debris mitigation approach, without disclosing any mission-sensitive or proprietary information. This session will explore how the Space Sustainability Rating can add value for the sector and attract actors to participate.
Investment prospects in the satellite market are more complex than ever, and questions are more numerous than answers in this transformational time. With the GEO FSS business stagnating, and HTS prospects muddled in many markets, is the GEO business still a solid play? Are smallsats and constellations now the preferred investment target? Is M&A on the horizon, and will ECAs jump back into the game. Which markets are underhyped or overhyped? Bottom Line: is the satellite market still a solid long-range investment? This panel of financial analysts will explore these questions and provide their prognosis for best returns in this ever-changing space.
The SGx keynote series returns to SATELLITE 2019, produced in partnership with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the Future Space Leaders Foundation. SGx presents a series of inspirational presentations about mentorship, career development for young professionals, and daring thought leadership. Speaker line-up will be announced soon!
Welcome to SATELLITE 2019! With 15,000 attendees, dozens of conference sessions, and more than 80,000 square feet of exhibiting space, SATELLITE 2019 can easily overwhelm first-time guests. This presentation explains how to navigate our event and provides an overview of our diverse range of attendees, vendors, and conference sessions. We’ll outline the different sectors of the satellite industry, provide a summary of market leaders and new entrants, and define many of the most popular terms and phrases you’ll hear throughout the next four days. Take notes, review them over lunch, and come back to our 101 course to learn more about buying and selling SATELLITE technology!
SATELLITE is proud to welcome our 2019 Monday Keynote Luncheon speaker – Klaus Bruun Egeberg, Head of Mobility & Connectivity, Future Solutions
Fleet Management & Technology for A.P. Moller – Maersk. During his keynote, Klaus will address the satellite industry and outline the networking/connectivity needs for the maritime transportation industry. His presentation will cover mobile connectivity beyond telecoms, the future of smart ships, IIoT, LTE, and 5G in the maritime space. He will also outline how LEO constellations and GEO satellites could help fulfill the future needs of his industry.
More and more money is being poured into space startups than ever before, but there is increased competition for financing. Attend this workshop, designed by the Space Frontier Foundation, to perfect your new company’s pitch so you can secure funding and get your new company off the ground! Attend and walk away with an understanding of the current space startup environment, what financing routes are available to you, and the do’s and don’t of pitching. You’ll also break into groups to perfect your pitch, hear from an investor explaining exactly what he/she’s looking for, and get inspired with a keynote from a successful entrepreneur! This workshop is designed specifically for startups, entrepreneurs, and investors. (Closed to press)
This is a must-attend event for entrepreneurs, new company leaders, and anyone with an innovative new idea!
How to Register: (Price = $399)
Add the Startup Space Pitch Workshop on the “Step 5” in the Registration Process
Satellite operators proudly sell High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) services to a variety of customers around the world. At the same time, ground systems and technology developers sell hardware on our show floor to connect customers to HTS services. What defines HTS as “high-throughput”? Does high-throughput mean “high-speed”? Does the definition of HTS evolve over time? Learn about the history, evolution, and capability of modern HTS services, as well as other related acronyms, including: GEO, MEO, and LEO; and what the different bands mean in terms of performance and availability.
The US Department of Defense wants to reduce its dependence on costly custom solutions and buy more commercial products and services that have been modified for defense applications. In 2016, the Defense Contract Management Agency stood up a cadre of engineers and cost/price analysts to foster and concentrate the government’s expertise in commercial item acquisition. This talk will explain the statutory framework and streamlined acquisition processes that allow commercial companies to avoid the burdensome paperwork that is so often associated with selling to the government, including how one goes about demonstrating that a product or service meets the statutory definition of “commercial.”
The satellite communications industry will play an increasingly important role in providing 5G across the globe. In preparation for this new era in communications the satellite industry, the EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) has become a Market Representation Partner in 3GPP. Satellite operators are increasing their efforts to become part of the 3GPP releases for 5G, and the satellite industry is active in retaining and increasing access to the spectrum it needs to meet this demand. By proactively working on these efforts, the satellite industry is well poised to be a critical partner in the 5G network of networks. This session will look at the role of standardization for 5G for the satellite industry and others, the need for spectrum to meet increasing user demand with 5G around the corner, and the other preparations the satellite industry is making including advances in satellite technology and, finally, how 5G will come together to meet its promise to bring 5G to everyone.
During the past decade, the rise of satellite constellations has become hard to overlook. Constellation business cases have been speculated, criticized and commended, with different stakeholders supporting different opinions. One thing that everyone agrees on, coherently, is that it is a challenging business model. With some of the significant constellations – both, in size and funding – preparing to commence the deployment of their first satellites shortly, 2019 is expected to be a decisive year for this sector. This financial forum session will discuss the challenges, both pre- and post-deployment, as well as the strategic outlook for some of these business ventures. With over 100 satellite constellations announced for different applications, how many are likely to cross the funding barrier and make it into orbit, and more importantly, how many of those will be a business success?
Valuable near-Earth orbits have a clear trend to be congested due to the growing orbital debris population. The U.S. Government Orbital Debris Mitigation Standard Practices (2001) remains voluntary for the aerospace industry to mitigate orbital debris, because a favorable cost-benefit ratio is not so apparent to a “free-rider,” who places spill-over costs on the general public. The primary goal of this research presentation is to encourage the global acceptance of the Standard Practices on economic basis by dispelling misconceptions of mitigation costs and benefits scope. By addressing issues of space congestions, debris spill-over costs and value of protected space regions, Dr. Zhu will argue a case for significant mandatory actions and post-mission disposal for final mission orbits proposed by the Standard Practices. Further, this presentation will outline a dynamic model depicting societal benefits and mitigation costs along with a long-term perspective.
Now that you’ve learned a little bit about how HTS and other bandwidth services function, it’s time to find out how to acquire these services to power your business operation! This session is designed for attendees from all industries and with any level of expertise. Learn how satellites function within the network you’re trying to build or the solution you’re trying to find. Be aware of the bandwidth options available to your market and your geographic region. Learn how satellite services are becoming easier to install and manage — saving millions on infrastructure costs for commercial, enterprise and governments customers. Attend this session and know more about what you need to buy to meet your needs!
The space technology is evolving fast. Laser communication technology is now deployed in space as a complement of the well established RF technology. This presentation will explain the performance and service achieved with the first European Data Relay System node (EDRS-A) already in space since January 2016. This presentation will also address the expected additional services and capacity to be provided by EDRS-C to be launched in 2019, and the role and extension capability to be provided under the EDRS Global umbrella currently undergoing a system study development phase B.
With onboard processors increasingly gaining in computational power a significant change is upon us in how satellites, be these positioned at GEO, MEO or within a LEO constellation, can be operated and automated. Moreover, with dedicated AI chips becoming rated for the space environment, we are reaching the moment where machine learning can be integrated into the satellite’s flight software. This opens the door to disrupting mission operations, irrespective of their application in satcom or remote sensing, offering to enhance current capability, facilitate more complex operations or significantly reduce operational costs. This talk will cover research and development into AI for operations for satellites. Speakers will share examples of how current operational paradigms can be changed through onboard processing, in particular when combined with machine learning, to save operational costs.
Startups are emerging in each segment of the space industry, targeting innovative technologies and approaches to compete with incumbents and broaden the market. But in the capital-intensive space industry, pre-revenue and growth stage startups must identify a financing path to support this development process. Yet while securing capital is one of the most important steps towards growth, it also brings risky pitfalls. How, and when, should startups look for financing? With approaches from bootstrapping, government investment, strategic partnerships, venture capital, and more, startups have a range of options that each deliver unique benefits and drawbacks. This roundtable will explore the impact of financing choice on startup trajectory, digging into the repercussions of financing on growth rates, strategic direction, and, ultimately, potential for market success.
Learn how NASA has been investing in Next Generation Broadcast Services (NGBS), designed as a global, space-based, communications and navigation service for users of GNSS and the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS). NGBS will support space-related broadcasts, including space weather monitoring and alerting.
This session provides a blueprint for the ground systems and hardware needed to connect to the satellite network. Building infrastructure on the ground can be cost prohibitive, but new advancements in antenna hardware and miniaturization are making satellite connectivity more accessible than ever. Attendees will learn the components of fixed and mobile ground systems, and about the leading system integrators that are building state-of-the-art connectivity networks for a range of bandwidths and wireless services.
As Africa maintains its position as the world’s second largest mobile market and access to education becomes increasingly widespread, entrepreneurship within the African continent at a local and national level is rapidly growing. Armed with the expertise in local contextual factors and the understanding of end user needs, innovators across Africa are harnessing satellite technology to drive a social-tech movement aimed at improving economic and environmental challenges in their respective cities, countries and regions. The focus of this talk will be identifying three trending vertical sectors within African entrepreneurial firms that have the potential to optimize their use of satellite applications. The identification of trends also enables countries to evaluate how investment in space and supporting infrastructure can bring long-term benefits to society.
Small Satellites are becoming increasingly effective and efficient platforms for scientific research. This year, NASA launched the first and second interplanetary cubesats – MarCO-A and B – intended to test out new miniaturized communication and navigation technologies and, as a secondary goal, support the InSight Mars Lander mission.
Miniaturized technology is at a stage where meaningful science can come out of smaller platforms, and can even complement or support the scientific investigations carried out by NASA’s medium and large missions. A 2016 National Academies study title, Achieving Science with CubeSats: Thinking Inside the Box, noted that “CubeSats can potentially address important science goals… CubeSats are now part of a trend toward an increasingly diverse set of platforms for pursuing space and Earth sciences.”
This panel will discuss the advantages and the challenges to using small satellites for science and research purposes. The panel will consist of Principle Investigators of current small sat missions, prominent members of the science and research community, as well as representatives from NASA, National Academies, and the National Science Foundation.
The satellite industry remains a significant target for both new ideas and new capital as investors ever search for the “next SpaceX”. Whether it is broadband to fixed or mobile platforms, new launchers, large constellations, innovative EO or data analytics plays, VC players sees great potential in the emerging space market. However, despite the influx of funding, most new players struggle to present short -term business cases enabling typical 5X returns in 5 years. Uncertain addressable markets, competition and price erosion all serve as sizable challenges in the current paradigm. Will VC firms extend their return horizon and risk appetite, or will they eventually move downstream? What are the next big ideas that could match a VC led investment? The round table will explore the VC addressable space economy, with prognosis on business case viability and possibilities of high value returns.
As new leaders take their seats in U.S. Congress and political control remains in flux, space measures from the past two years will likely have to be drafted again from scratch for their consideration. This session will provide a useful roadmap of where things stand on each of the major pieces of legislation of interest to the commercial satellite sector, including an overview of the committees and Members with jurisdiction over further action on these measures.
Celebrate the launch of SATELLITE 2019 and the Apollo era at the most anticipated party of the year! Fifty years ago, the first lunar landing paved the way for future space exploration and commercial human spaceflight missions being planned today. Enjoy drinks, light hors d’oeuvres and plenty of connecting with colleagues and attendees.
International satellite fleet operators set the tone for the rest of the industry, especially during this period of changing technologies and business models. Our Tuesday opening general session features CEOs from the largest satellite companies in the world engaging with a group of guest moderators coming from a variety of backgrounds. The discussion topics will include: innovation that operators are looking for up and down the supply chain; how satellite services fit into Industrial Internet-of-Things and Smart City ecosystems; cooperation and competition with terrestrial carriers; bandwidth resources for the 5G era; lowering the cost of the overall satellite connectivity infrastructure; and bridging the digital divide. Guest moderators and speakers will be announced soon.
Startup Space is a competition where entrepreneurs pitch their business and technology ideas to a panel of highly accomplished space professionals, investors, thought leaders, and fellow entrepreneurs. Contestants are placed into groups and are each given five minutes to pitch their company or product in front of a panel of judges. This is followed by a five-minute period during which judges ask questions or make comments to the contestants. Judges score the presentations based on a standardized set of various categories. The single contestant with the highest overall score overall will be named the contest winner and receive the grand prize.
STARTUP SPACE 2019 COMPETITORS:
1. Miguel Ayala, CEO, Exodus Space Corp (11:00 a.m.)
2. Josh Hoeg, Founder, Gold Orbit (11:15 a.m.)
3. Katrina Krivenko, Chief Business Officer, TimeTag.Space (11:30 a.m.)
4. Guillermo Lamelas, CEO, Alen Space (11:45 a.m.)
5. Jonathan Goff, President/CEO, Altius Space Machines (12:30 p.m.)
6. Cordell Grant, CEO, QEYNet (12:45 p.m.)
7. Ken Chez, COO, RoGo Fire (1:00 p.m.)
8. Richard Tan, Abstract Assembly (1:15 p.m.)
1. Mattias Bergstrom, CEO, Quantum 1 Network (1:45 P.M.)
2. Daniel Faber, CEO, Orbit Fab (2:00 p.m.)
3. Shabbir Parvez, CEO, AstroComm (2:15 p.m.)
4. Tadashi Kubo, Founder & CEO, H24E (2:30 p.m.)
5. Tim DeBenedictis, CEO, Southern Stars (2:45 p.m.)
6. Gary Calnan, CEO, CisLunar Industries (3:00 p.m.)
7. Felix Ejeckam, CEO, Akash Systems (3:15 p.m.)
8. Justin Mullen, CEO, Datalytyx (3:30 p.m.)
The Washington Space Business Roundtable will host its annual Flagship Luncheon and Silent Auction to raise funds for its scholarship program. To purchase tickets or donate an auction item, visit WSBR.org.
NTIA Assistant Secretary David J. Redl will speak to SATELLITE 2019 Government & Military Forum attendees about U.S. broadband and wireless spectrum strategy, and the Trump Administration’s view of wireless and telecom technology as an economic growth driver. The 2019 Government & Military Forum is produced in partnership with the Satellite Industry Association (SIA).
Join MSUA as they celebrate this year's top satellite-based mobility innovations. Awards will be given to the top 2018 innovations for the following categories:
2019 Mobility Innovations Award:
Keynote Presentation (Speaker TBA): USG Policy and Research Activities Aimed at Driving Next-Generation Mobility
Ticket is required to attend this awards luncheon. See registration for pricing and details.
Since 1995, WTA has presented annual awards to companies and individuals who have dramatically demonstrated excellence in the field of teleport operations, development and technology. Individual tickets can be purchased through the SATELLITE registration system.
As viable NGSO (MEO and LEO) Satellite Constellations become increasingly available as both supplements and alternatives to traditional GSO systems, new phased-array antennas and terminals capable of efficiently (and affordably) supporting BOTH GSO and NGSO systems are garnering increased awareness and interest in key SATCOM user communities. This presentation will detail a brief overview of the current state of the available Phased Array technologies and products in the context of current and trending market needs and demands. Key markets including Aeronautical and SATCOM-on-the Move (SOTM) will be covered.
Earth Observation (EO) data is voluminous and messy. It does not adhere to a standard and is growing at a staggering pace. The increase in raw data exacerbates an age-old problem for those that look to use EO data to drive business decisions. Some industries, such as insurance and re-insurance, are heavily invested in the science of converting these disparate data streams into actionable business intelligence. Their investment is large, and their processes are proprietary. The cost of expertise and computing resources to take on this work is high, and it creates a significant barrier to entry for other entities or industries looking to benefit from earth observation data. In this session, the panel will outline the challenges facing data scientists in working with multiple EO datasets, provide examples of conflicting data structures, and highlight industries that are struggling with using this data. Our speakers will then highlight new techniques that are being developed to align and normalize disparate datasets to allow more accessibility and immediate usability.
Satellites have an important role to play in delivering worldwide video services, from live breaking news, to streaming mobile video and entertainment. Broadcasters and content producers need to meet the demands of their viewers and to be able to share important real-time events with the best possible image quality, while minimizing delay and buffering and presenting it to a global audience over the Internet – no matter where the event is taking place. This is a challenge facing both broadcasters and satellite operators, and the good news is that solutions to overcome it are already emerging and being deployed. Speakers on this panel will discuss how satellites can facilitate OTT and streaming digital media services and exceed consumer expectations.
Software is beginning to drive innovation in the satellite industry in a big way. Developing satellites as platforms that can run multiple applications is giving rise to new business models. Learn about initiatives which are being designed to allow operators to code for a platform and to design and run virtual machines on a satellite, and explore the current state of software-defined satellite solutions as well as the blue sky ahead.
As electronics have dramatically reduced in size and composite materials become more common, the opportunity for smaller platforms have become widely available, both publicly and privately. With the miniaturization of platforms and instruments, comes the challenge of maintaining on-orbit performance and calibration. This includes understanding how smaller instruments will behave on orbit and react to the harshness of space. Miniaturizing instruments does not mean we have to sacrifice performance and quality for size and cost. It means that SmallSat and instrument providers have to be more creative and resourceful as they design and build these architecture types. In this presentation, we’ll explore how SmallSats and miniaturized instruments come to be, from concept to launch, what are the challenges we face to maintain high performance, and learn how across the industry, from operational weather to defense, these tiny technologies compliment current constellations.
Metal 3D printing (aka Additive Manufacturing) is a major component of the fourth industrial revolution. This disruptive fabrication method allows for high performance metal waveguide antennas, a critical part of any satellite, to be reduced to their minimum size and weight. Metal waveguide RF structures have the lowest loss and are the ideal choice for a high performance satellite antenna. Metal 3D printing allows for highly complex parts to be interwoven in a single solid structure and printed repeatedly with overall reduced size, weight, and cost. This presentation will cover how Metal 3D printing will usher in an era of mass customization, where the constrained volume remaining in a satellite can be filled with a unique high performance antenna that conforms to the space around it and provides a lower loss, higher performance solution than any competing alternative.
Satellite backhaul is often the only mobile transport available in remote regions, providing reliability and quick service roll-out. While early satellite backhaul deployments focused on voice only, the landscape has radically changed. 5G will provide even higher speeds and more services in a Cloud environment and with demanding QoS. This session will explore new emerging backhaul solutions and how they will leverage new Ka- and Ku-band satellites.
Industry leaders unite for part one of a two-part discussion on the evolving technology and economics of the commercial launch industry. Part one will focus on the future of the GSO market and the impact of a new wave of heavy-lift launch vehicles entering the market. Medium- and heavy-lift rockets, thrusters, and other components have become much more efficient in order to lower costs. Do these lower costs work for both customers and providers? How flexible and nimble can GSO and heavy-lift mission get? How are the dynamics shifting in regards to U.S., European, Russian, Chinese, and Indian market share? Attendees will learn the answers to these questions and more during this exciting and interactive launch-focused forum.
The Earth is our one and only home, and human activity resides in almost every corner. As our civilization advances, and as we put increasing pressure on Earth’s resources, we all share in the responsibility of caring for and maintaining our home. One way for each of us to better understand the health of our planet is to see it for ourselves. This session will explain the space-based tools at our disposal to protect our fragile natural resources, including real-time imagery/monitoring and video, machine learning, predictive analytics, and more. Environmental satellite technology isn’t just a financial investment — it’s an investment in the health and well-being of ourselves, our children, and future generations to come.
High-altitude balloons and UAVs are providing platforms for communications and remote sensing services that have traditionally been provided by satellites. This panel will discuss the outlook for the use of high-altitude balloons, UAVs, and satellites for different U.S. government mission sets, and the impact of UAVs and high-altitude balloons on the satellite market.
With more rapid, affordable access to space and the availability of large-volume fairings, owners and users of current and future space-based optical systems are desiring large-aperture or segmented aperture primary mirrors for their missions. This in turn is driving demand for new approaches to produce the optical components and/or mirror segments more cost-efficiently and with faster manufacturing lead times than traditional optical components. Harris is executing a mirror R&D strategy called Advanced Mirror Construction (AMC). This presentation will explain the motivation and initial results for the replication of lightweight, ultra-stable mirrors and mirror segments.
Wrap up a busy day by sharing a drink with our exhibitors, directly on the show floor! Open to all attendees.
Supporting women and diversity in aerospace and other STEM fields is more than the right thing to do, it makes all of us better. It makes our work better. It makes our companies more innovative and profitable. Despite years of awareness, important voices and perspectives are still missing from our workforce. A diverse workforce breeds innovation and creative problem solving. We all want that, so how do we get it? From the value of mentorship to the importance of employee resource groups and diverse social groups, this roundtable discussion will be wide-ranging, and focused on identifying solutions for the audience to take back to their organizations and move the needle on diversity and inclusion. We will also demonstrate that diversity works by sharing success stories of diverse teams, technologies and architectures. Open to all attendees.
Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are transformative technologies for managing interconnected systems between a system’s physical assets and computational capabilities. Most of CPSs are networked, typically via the Internet or the cloud, or via special logical or physical networks, leading s to networked CPS (Net-CPS). This presentation will describe how these interdependencies lead us to a Software-Defined Architecture for Net-CPS and how satellite constellations can play an important and indispensable role in these developments.
Part two of our launch services roundtable will focus on the rising demand for NGSO launch services and a tidal wave of new smaller launch vehicles designed for business in the age of small satellite constellations. According to the FAA, there are approximately 50 proposed small launch vehicles being developed or conceptualized in the world today. These vehicles aim to give small satellite and constellation operators greater control over their business plans, and therefore, open access to space to a wider range of customers. This panel will both explore the new menu of launch options and address the challenges facing smaller launchers, including the tightening bottleneck, space debris and potential regulatory concerns, flexibility, and availability. The demand is out there. Will prices remain low enough for their target customers? How will the smaller launch vehicle operators accommodate the needs of the market?
Applications for approximately 20,000 NGSO communications satellites have been filed, with planned launch by the mid-2020s. Several of these constellations have already begun to launch, and manufacturing facilities for these satellites are building at an unprecedented rate. This panel will provide an update from NGSO communications providers on both the advances in their technology and their perceived market outlook.
Mobile backhaul and base station networking have long been an important business for satellite and teleport operators. NSR estimates that satellite-based cellular backhaul in-service units will grow at double-digit rates from about 40,000 in 2016 to more than 120,000 in 2027. The roll-out of 5G mobile service has the potential to accelerate that growth. The 5G standard will provide devices on the network with between 1 and 10 Gbps of speed with practically unlimited capacity – which translates into a requirement for backhaul that is 100 times greater than today. To keep deployment costs manageable, 5G networks will centralize most processing in data centers and use new technologies to interconnect baseband units with remote radio units at the edge, something known as fronthaul. That centralization means that fronthaul traffic will add considerably to the capacity demands of 5G. The long-term roll-out of 5G therefore depends on managing a hybrid mix of fiber, microwave and satellite. Teleport and satellite operators face a long-term opportunity to expand into the mobile niche and become much more than a service provider of last resort as they are today. What do they need to do now to prepare themselves for the opportunities to come?
RigNet will discuss the benefits from an infrastructure perspective of digital acceleration through pre-packaged bundles for remote comms; how traffic is shifting from the center of the network outward to inward from the edge, as increasingly more data flows from the connected devices into the data center and must be incorporated in order to maximize value.
While the potential for small satellites for a wide range of missions and applications is rapidly growing, this potential is held back by a perception that small satellites lack reliability and have a high probability of failure. This presentation will explore the origin of these mis-perceptions and how manufacturers can battle back, providing statistics with a focus on mission assurance and the industry’s current rates of success.
Delivering digital access into unserved communities is nothing new; doing it profitably is the trick. This session will draw upon a panel of seasoned executives who have survived to share the latest lessons learned from the “School of Hard Knocks”… and implications for the future of financially sustainable broadband. Presented in partnership with Geeks Without Frontiers (GWF)
Data analytics is quickly becoming a significant value proposition for both communications and remote sensing satellite companies, via machine-to-machine communications, IoT technologies, and decreasing the need for human analysists in remote sensing to do tasks such as change detection. This panel will discuss how advanced analytics and remote sensing are revolutionizing the satellite services market, and discuss U.S. Government missions that are taking advantage of these innovations.
The big data revolution is big news on the ground, but how will it impact the business of connecting the highway and the skyway? Success in big data requires teleport operators to evolve beyond connectivity to management of complex networks, sophisticated information processing and a deep understanding of customer requirements. This panel session will outline opportunities and business challenges for teleport operators and satellite operators in gaining a meaningful share of the high-growth Big Data market.
How the Inmarsat Inter-Satellite Data Relay Service facilitates real-time constellation management, satellite tasking and mission data transfer for LEO satellite operators via Inmarsat’s award-winning I4 satellite network.
Presented by Nick Shave, VP Strategy & Strategic Programms, Inmarsat Global Government
This presentation will explain how emerging space resources can offer critical information about our environment and Earth’s changing climate. Even in politically uncertain times, these commercial resources can provide a continuous data record when government assets may no longer be available. The session will also cover how commercial Earth observing companies can provide data for countries that lack the capability to sustain their own space programs.
NSLComm is able to reduce the cost of satellite communication by orders of magnitude using its unique technology.
Deploying a large KA antenna in space enables an ultra-high throughput from a satellite constellation while minimizing the number of required launches.
Our communication solutions have the smallest form factor and can be integrated into a very small stowed volume.
An envisioned constellation powered by NSLComm's technology will provide high throughput as well as IOT solutions at a cost that is competitive even against fiber and 5G networks.
Presented by Raz Itzhaki, CEO
Gather for a chance to recognize the best the industry has to offer! We’ll announce the 2018 Satellite Executive of the Year, the 2018 Satellite Technology of the Year, and the 2019 Startup Space winner. One ticket is included with the All-Access and Wednesday One-Day passes. Tickets can be purchased for $65 through the SATELLITE registration system.
The next generation of Ka-band HTS systems are offering significant increases in bandwidth, data rate and availability over currently-deployed networks. This trend is moving toward satellites with a high number of adjacent small spot beams, high bandwidths, and multiple polarizations. In order to avoid changing of user terminals for each different satellite network, it makes sense to design user terminals that meet the requirements of all Ka-band HTS networks. This talk will discuss the commonalities of different Ka-band networks and what set of parameters are required by user terminals to automatically switch between them without swapping out terminal hardware. This allows autonomous switching between the best-available-network at a given time and location.
Coverage and connectivity links are not the only barriers adding to the three billion people without internet access; there are a string of other challenges: power sources for recharging phones, sufficient income to pay for service, language barriers, literacy, and even a lack of glasses to be able to read. How can satellite carriers and service providers bridge these last-mile divides? This session will explore some options, such as the linking of language communities, connecting community wifi zones, creating and supporting micro-caching centers, and others. Contrary to popular opinion, the whole world is not yet connected.
Airlines are still connecting their fleets, and while the slew of deals in this area shows no sign of slowing, deal making for airlines is unlikely to get any easier. With LEO constellations looking to launch and more companies looking to break into this market, airlines potentially will have more choice than ever before. But, they are already confused by satellites and it only threatens to get worse. This panel will help demystify satellite technology and what it means to them. Speakers will also look at market developments and how service providers are adapting to the changing needs of airlines.
In October to November 2019, the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) will be held in Egypt when regulators from around the world will be deciding upon matters affecting telecommunications for years to come. Decisions on the allocation of spectrum between the satellite and terrestrial industries will impact the provision of 5G services, services to trains, planes and cars, and many other services. This panel will explore the key areas for the satellite industry as the next chapter of the spectrum wars is written in Egypt. Presented in partnership with Global VSAT Forum (GVF)
Within U.S. government circles, support continues to build for an entirely integrated satellite communications (SATCOM) Department of Defense (DoD) architecture, one that would fully incorporate commercial innovation in a timely and affordable manner. To enable the government and industry to successfully advance to a state of an integrated, unified architecture, military leaders must leverage SATCOM as a Service as a “path forward.” A readily available business model to address government users’ most essential challenges, SATCOM as a Service is an end-to-end fully integrated capability that delivers mobile, high-throughput connectivity the way users seek it: easily, affordably and operationally available – anytime, anywhere. This session will elaborate upon how SATCOM as a Service can bring the government into a new era of highly capable, resilient, flexible, affordable and secure satellite operations.
Times of drastic change can be tough times to maintain profitability. With established markets and processes, skillful managers can find plenty of opportunity to develop new efficiencies and trim costs. When services, technologies and markets are in flux, it becomes much harder to estimate costs, prioritize investment and make smart personnel decisions. Yet the same changes also bring new opportunities to replace high-cost technologies with lower-cost ones and re-engineer operations in major ways. How can teleport operators deploy technology and improve operational practices to open new routes to higher margins in a fast-changing market?
Get your sugar fix and join us for one last gathering on the show floor before the exhibition closes! Open to all attendees.
Satellite technology already contribute to the achievement and monitoring of Earth’s complex challenges, including satellite-based earth observation, satellite communication and satellite positioning amongst others. Although there have been many examples of benefits from applying these technologies, there are still gaps in the available technology and barriers that increase the challenge for many classes of users. This presentation analyzes the unique barriers that increase the difficulty for end users to apply satellite technology. For example, in the area satellite-based earth observation, a key challenge is to ensure that large, specialized datasets are transformed into visually intuitive maps that support decision making by end users who manage aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals. In the area of satellite communications, a key challenge is to identify the combination of private sector business models, government regulation and public sector services that will provide access to phone, internet, radio and television services for isolated or low-income communities. The barriers are different for each type of satellite technology and for various types of end users. The presentation considers end users at the multilateral, national, subnational and local level, and provides recommendations on how to reduce barriers for end users of space technology at each level. The recommendations are based on a decade of research and professional experience by the presenter who has studied and worked to advance the use of satellite technology for development in the academic, government and non-profit sectors. The presentation will include findings from this long term research program, including trends in the use of satellite-based technology within African countries and management approaches among emerging space programs in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Satellite and terrestrial systems have been developing independently, making the integration very difficult so far. However, the research programs and the standardization activities related to 5G have provided a unique opportunity to go deeper into the role of satellites in future communication systems and make progress so that satellites can be fully engaged in the 5G story. This talk will explore the possibility of expanding the 5G ecosystem by integrating the satellite component in the 5G architecture, and study the need and feasibility of satellite flying Base Stations. The talk will also analyze the strengths and technical and economic limitations of terrestrial and satellite systems so that both can be integrated in complementary way to provide economic and global coverage for many applications, and provide some guidelines to the link satellite design and thus, insight will be given into the required modifications of the air-interface.
On-orbit servicing redefines the concept of long-term sustainability for satellite industries and space-faring nations around the world. This panel will compare and contrast the increasing interest among nations to develop orbital servicing technologies — from tugs, to repair, to end-of-life services — and how nations are approaching regulation of these activities. How is the U.S. poised for leadership for these activities? What are other nations implementing for regulation? What complicating factors exist in establishing best practices across the range of satellite servicing activities?
The year 2019 is a critical one for the first attempt to integrate LEO systems with teleports since Iridium will loft a large-scale constellation of low-earth-orbit satellites promising to transform global communications. There is also a simultaneous ground challenge for LEOs that are supporting Earth Observation (EO) use cases as LEOs are a valuable source of imagery, sensor collection and RF signal analysis. The potential success of OneWeb’s constellation could also have major market impacts for GEO satellite operators and teleport operators. Already, LEO operators are in serious deal-making mode with operators of ground segment to provide the gateways they need to manage and provide access to their constellations. At a moment when most of that impact is still to come, we seek answers from LEO constellations in development, GEO operators, teleport operators and the examples of Iridium, Globalstar and Thuraya integration into the business model of teleport operators. We also must explore and discuss creative approaches to providing the necessary ground segment support for the explosion in LEO EO satellites.
Airbus and the World Bank are partnering on a pilot project, in Peru, to propose innovative satellite-based connectivity in commercial buses driving on the roads of Peru. Not only broadband connectivity will be provided, but new digital services will be proposed, fostering the digital transformation of the local economy. This presentation will share the results of, and include video from this pilot project.
Fortune 500 companies are starting to view space as a business investment. Whether it’s a matter of accessing analytical data, acquiring global connectivity, or storing assets in a secure cloud, new enterprise verticals are getting into the space and satellite game. This panel features executives from companies within these new space-hungry industries. The group will share how they evaluate satellite assets and list what’s driving them (or preventing them) from investing in acquiring space capabilities. Open to conference attendees.
The Space Industry can expand beyond its classic marketplace.
Using the lessons learned from the deal prepared between Facebook and the space industry during a nine-month time period, this presentation will demonstrate the need for the space industry to adopt new approaches and ways of doing business. This feedback emphasizes the need to focus on the links between the technical solution and the end-market: market-fit, pricing, go-to-market etc.
This presentation also explores the need for soft skills in the space industry, and to be receptive of the needs of the new partners/markets/ecosystems. This is particularly relevant for young professionals, as this is rarely taught in engineering schools.
With the introduction of new LEO and MEO constellations and the growing capacity and coverage of GEO satellites, multiple layers of satellite beams will come into being, introducing different coverage, transmission power, frequency bands, and other variables. To support these of heterogeneous satellite networks and to best utilize the available resources from multiple satellites and constellations, innovative antenna technologies are now emerging. This session will explore the importance of understanding new passive and active antenna technology, the role of both the satellite operators and antenna manufacturers and how both groups can work together to meet the demands of evolving networks.
Taking into consideration what was learned at SATELLITE 2019, this diverse roundtable unites industry executives for a high-level talk about the future of GEO services. Speakers will share their short- and long-term market forecasts for business in GEO, and cover expected/unexpected technical milestones, exciting new applications, potential unforeseen challenges and opportunities, and more! The description of this session will be updated as new speakers join the panel. Open to conference-level attendees.
As the maritime community enters into its digital age, the topic of autonomous vessels is everywhere. As we rely more on machines to become smarter and operate themselves, we need to ensure that they are given the required tools to effectively talk to one another. Historically, there have been the same few satellite players in the maritime world, but with the dawn of this new era, there’s room for more, and they should be welcomed with open arms. Between, L-band, Ku and Ka bands and other solutions, there’s a lot to discuss. During this session, we will examine how all players can work together to create a collaborative and complementary connected world out at sea. We will review solutions that are coming down the pipe, how they can help with new regulatory requirements, how some can complement each other and debate the best connectivity toolkits available.
The need for improved space situational awareness and the establishment of an effective international space traffic management regime is growing more urgent with the emergence of plans for “mega-constellations” of satellites. As a technological society, our day-to-day lives are heavily dependent on the services and capabilities that are delivered by space-borne systems. This group discussion will explore new ideas and technologies that could allow space systems to operate safely within an increasingly congested space environment.
This presentation outlines the results of a study that investigates and develops components for implementing an effective military and SAR (Search & Rescue) acknowledge/information/communication in closed network architecture. Since military and SAR personnel are always on the move, the dissemination of information requires a mobile platform to accommodate mobility of people. The mobile and wireless network platform should be able to sustain the remoteness and seclusion of military operation areas. Communication is one of key problems of a military operation especially due to environmental constraints. This study proposes on establishing a future soldier and SAR communication device with mobile Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) and Mobile Ah-Hoc Network (MANET) to suit the infantry operations in the urban and rural areas. The operational areas are considered to restricted and challenging locations.
This presentation proposes a satellite antenna system that would theoretically allow for multiple bands to be used without the need for entirely separate systems. The system would provide a fiber-based backbone capable of both high-speed digital networking and continuous radio coverage in any band from 1MHz to 3GHz. While the primary use case centers on complete automation for underground hard-rock mines requiring low-latency and high-throughput data, this system could also be a candidate for extraterrestrial mining, which faces the same physical constraints on automation and communication as Earth.
As satellite operators face increasing data demands, getting the most out of capacity has never been more important. At the same time, it is crucial that both OpEx and CapEx savings are made. In today’s environment, the industry needs unparalleled efficiency at any rate, whether on a low-speed voice or data connection, medium-speed backhaul links or all the way up to ultra-high-speed trunks. With 10Mbps/1MHz now a reality, hear how optimum efficiency can be achieved by pushing the limits of spectral efficiency for any application and, if possible, on existing infrastructure. Learn about the technologies behind record-breaking efficiency and how they can help operators enter new markets. Presented in partnership with the Global VSAT Forum (GVF)
Taking into consideration what was learned at SATELLITE 2019, this diverse roundtable unites industry executives for a high-level assessment of the battle for supremacy in Low- and Medium-Earth Orbit. Speakers will discuss the importance of scale when it comes to constellations, and share short- and long-term market forecasts. Who will fail and who will prevail in NGSO? Join us for SATELLITE 2019’s exciting final debate. The description of this session will be updated as new speakers join the panel. Open to conference-level attendees.
Now that we discussed how global space agencies and industries are investing in on-orbit servicing, we turn our attention to the return on that investment. What happens to satellites after they’ve been serviced? What can be accomplished in the second or third lifetime of an aging spacecraft? This session will break down how on-orbit serviced spacecraft can help create new efficiencies and revenues, free up bandwidth, and provide back-up for critical operations and disaster response. Hear how satellite operators and agencies plan to put their revitalized assets back into action!
The emerging commercial space economy presents an opportunity for game-changing innovation through the evolution of satellite communications platforms to platforms that enable spaced-based cloud services. One area of innovation is the intersection of commercial space, cloud services and cybersecurity. Highly sensitive, high value data are strategic assets for organizations and, as a result of the terrestrial and cloud infrastructure, is constantly at risk of a data breach. Whether it is an organization such as finance/banking, government, military, oil/gas, media or cryptocurrency services or blockchain-based services; there is effectively an infinite opportunity to breach the global terrestrial infrastructure to commit cybercrimes that can have a disastrous impact. 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?
Digital Transformation is increasingly affecting all businesses and Space is no exception. Big data and analytics offer better understanding of complex systems optimization as well as insights toward more effective solutions. Hardware can be simplified as the correlations between the specific performance of an individual unit and the overall system performances is better mapped and understood. This presentation will use examples from Thales Alenia Space’s digital transformation to show how data analytics supports significant overall capacity and availability gains for telecoms, and opens the way for software-based, continuously improved solutions within our customers’ operations.