GVF SATEXPO Summit @ CABSAT 2020

Summit Supporting Publications


Draft Programme @ 5th February 2020

31st March 2020 – Day One

10:00

Exhibition Hall Opens

11:00-11:15

Welcome & Introduction to the Programme

Martin Jarrold, Vice President International Programme Development, GVF

11:15-11:20

Introducing the Moderator Team

David Meltzer, Secretary General, GVF; Riaz Lamak, Lead, Network Validation, Benchmarking, Capacity Building & HADR, GVF; Torsten Kriening, Chief Operating Officer, ThorGroup (SpaceWatch.Global); Stéphane Chenard, Senior Consultant, Euroconsult; Virgil Labrador, Editor in Chief, Satellite Markets & Research; Kevin French, Publisher, Talk Satellite; Martin Jarrold, Vice President, International Programme Development, GVF

11:20-11:50

Opening Keynote Addresses

Eng. Ahmad Amin, Senior Engineer, Space Services, United Arab Emirates Telecommunications Regulatory Authority

Ms. Mehtap Dufour, Senior Radiocommunication Engineer
International Telecommunication Union Radio Communication Bureau Space Services Department

11:50-12:45

Session 1: Space Segment Disruptive Evolution

Moderator: David Meltzer, Secretary General, GVF

In-orbit technology is changing, quickly and in a big way.  Along with some of the very latest GEO satellites about to achieve near-terabit throughput capacity (and at much reduced cost per Gbps), existing MEO constellations evolving into more powerful systems, and the first spacecraft of the LEO mega-constellations already orbited, the capabilities of the space segment are increasingly matching the bandwidth requirements of an increasingly inter-connected broadband world.  Questions and themes to be explored in this panel session are:

  • GEO trends – HTS evolutionary development and disruptive change
  • The terabit GEO and beyond
  • MEO innovations – The next level of infrastructure
  • MEO in the longer term
  • LEO revolution – Defining generational disruption: from miniaturisation and low-cost manufacture, to link budgets, latency and constellation functionality
  • Inter-orbital coordination
  • LEO and emerging new customer markets and applications

12:45-13:40

Session 2: Ground Segment Disruptive Evolution

Moderator: Stéphane Chenard, Senior Consultant, Euroconsult

Space infrastructure on the ground is also undergoing a game-changing shift. Amongst other trends, teleports are evolving, and antennas/terminals are expected soon to feature a long-awaited cost-effective form-factor and performance departure from the traditional parabolic paradigm.

  • Teleports – Applications, business competition, markets and technology change drivers
  • Teleports, operations virtualisation, and the Cloud
  • Are today’s teleport data centres, or vice versa?
  • The antenna/terminal – An ecosystem of new technologies
  • Antenna/terminal functionality – Meeting the demands of new markets
  • Antenna/terminal evolution – Communications-on-the-Move

13:40-14:30

Lunch

14:30-15:25

Session 3: Space Industrialization and Emergent NewSpace

Moderator: Virgil Labrador, Editor in Chief, Satellite Markets & Research

The space environment is no longer the sole preserve of government agencies.  Private companies are propelling the sector forward more vigorously and swiftly than would be the case if left to governments alone.  The satellite industry is undergoing a revolutionary, entrepreneur-driven, industrialisation process going beyond even the expanded potential offered by the ‘smallsats’ segment.  What are the limits to NewSpace?

  • Space industrialization and Earth’s “Connected” Fourth Industrial Revolution
  • NewSpace and the impact of Artificial Intelligence/machine learning
  • Industrial space and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • Space segment and ground segment – The impact of NewSpace
  • The orbital connectivity driver in space industrialization
  • The applications drivers of NewSpace
  • A “New Space Race” – The competition for customers

15:25-16:20

Session 4: Imaging for a Global Digital Ecosystem: Climate; Environment; Natural Resource Stewardship

Moderator: Torsten Kriening, Chief Operating Officer, ThorGroup (SpaceWatch.Global)

Just as the satellite communications industry has evolved from being only a high-CAPEX, bespoke-built GEO satellite, segment, other facets of the satellite business environment are seeing rapid change too.  The growth of the ‘smallsats’ segment in Earth imaging/remote sensing applications has fundamentally changed the scale, scope and potential of Earth observation. Once limited to government space agency budgets, the technology, build and launch costs of remote sensing spacecraft is now altogether within the scope of a myriad of private companies, including new start-ups and spin-offs from academia, which are driven by commercial competition for customers.

  • The NewSpace Earth imaging/observation ecosystem
  • Earth imaging/observation evolutionary drivers for new applications
  • New Big Data generations: imagery-based geospatial analytics GIS applications
  • High-resolution imaging and “frontier technologies” – cloud & edge computing; artificial intelligence, machine learning
  • The satellite communications interface with Earth imaging/observation and building a Global Digital Ecosystem
  • Facilitating insights for sustainable decision-making and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals

16:20-16:55

Special Feature: United Arab Emirates Space Agency [Invited]

In common with many nations now engaging in space-related activities, the United Arab Emirates is deeply committed to a space-business related future.  From the establishment of the UAE Space Agency in 2014, the country has embarked on developing satellites and has had its first astronaut on the International Space Station.  National ambitions in space extend to Mars exploration and space tourism. In 2018 the first UAE satellite to be designed, built and tested in the country entirely by Emirati scientists and engineers at Dubai’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) was launched from Japan.  The payload featured a digital camera that rivals some of the most advanced remote-sensing observation capabilities today. This session will provide a further exploration of how access to space and applications using space is undergoing change; change prompting more governments to establish their own space agencies.

16:55-17:00

Closing Remarks for Day One

Martin Jarrold, Vice President International Programme Development, GVF


1st April 2020 – Day Two

10:00

Exhibition Hall Opens

11:00-11:10

Welcome & Introduction to Day Two

Martin Jarrold, Vice President International Programme Development, GVF

11:10-11:50

Session 5: Verticals: Aero

Moderator: TBD

Aero is increasingly delivering a substantial market for the satellite sector.  As forecast by satellite industry analysts the number of connected aircraft will rapidly increase over the course of the next four to eight years, with aero connectivity demand for bandwidth predicted to increase 20-fold and provider revenues to increase 8-fold.  Capitalising on Changing Passenger Behaviour in a Connected World, the third part of the Inmarsat/London School of Economics study ‘Sky-High Economics’, highlighted that the aero connectivity market will be worth US$45bn by 2029.  This session will focus discussion around the current certainties and uncertainties of the market segment, with facets of the industry to be explored including:

  •  “Gate-to-gate” WiFi
  • High-throughput broadband applications over multi-orbit interoperable seamless beam switching
  • Demand for inflight live TV
  • Service providers and creating airline operational efficiencies
  • Predictive maintenance using big data & analytics technologies
  • Connectivity above 65 degrees North
  • Four-dimensional air traffic management and high bandwidth, cost-effective, satellite-based datalinks

11:50-12:30

Session 6: Verticals: Military

Moderator: TBD

In military communications architectures, the use of commercial satellite capacity is a firmly established and continuing trend.  Whether driven by efficient resource management in the context of defence budget limits, or because of such other factors as the greater availability of cost-effective in-orbit bandwidth, or because the commercial satellite sector typically delivers satellites more quickly than government acquisition programmes, militaries around the world are significant consumers of satellite-delivered bandwidth.  

  • Commercial satellite services and provision of military critical bandwidth capacity gap filling
  • The evolving satellite communications needs of the military: the war-fighter, the peacekeeper, the disaster recovery first responder
  • Military demand for satellite capacity and adoption of COTM and COTP ground segment technologies
  • Remotely deployed UAVs and other intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets providing bandwidth-hungry real-time HD video

12:30-13:30

Lunch

13:30-14:10

Session 7: Verticals: Maritime

Moderator: Kevin French, Publisher, Talk Satellite

The increasingly widespread use of satellite communications in the various segments of the maritime sector is a continuing trend.  The maritime connectivity market continues to be vibrant, as ship-owners transition to the next level of broadband connectivity.  The merchant, passenger and leisure segments have all been supporting growth in revenues and capacity usage, while a re-bounding oil pricing accelerates the offshore segment.

  • HTS oceanic coverage and capacity trends
  • Capacity and terminal pricing trends
  • Capacity demand forecasts
  • New applications patterns
  • Value-added services and operations outsourcing
  • Driving new generation satellite system purchases: passenger demand, crew welfare, regulatory pressures

14:10-14:50

Session 8: Verticals: Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Response

Moderator: Riaz Lamak, Lead, Network Validation, Benchmarking, Capacity Building & HADR, GVF

Satellite communications has a well-recognised critical role in bringing us the pictures and voices that report on humanitarian assistance and appeal for help with emergency funding when disaster strikes.  Satellite communications in such circumstances is not limited nor confined to news reporting, and to broadcasting appeals for monetary aid, but is an integral and mission-critical foundation to the work of organising and delivering humanitarian aid and resources.

  • Satellite industry engagement with HADR community – international agencies, governments/militaries, and NGOs
  • The first 48-hours – supporting supply logistics, providing urgent medical care and coordination of relief efforts
  • Longer-term: recovery and rebuilding
  • Satellite communications when terrestrial networks fail
  • From ‘satphone’ to broadband – what first responders need in the field
  • From satcoms to Earth imaging – expanding applications for HADR

14:50-15:20

Programme Pause

15:20-16:00

Session 9: The Satellite Integral Factor: Cloud; 5G

Moderator: Martin Jarrold, Vice President International Programme Development, GVF

Satellite is becoming as integral to the Cloud – as perhaps a match made in orbit – as it is acknowledged as being integral to the successful roll-out of the next generation mobile standard – 5G.  However, compared to the rest of the telecommunications sector, recognition of the opportunities in partnering with the Cloud is only just now working through and, as a result of leveraging reduction of upfront CAPEX, reduced OPEX, rapid scalability, ease of development and ubiquitous accessibility, is at the same time bringing evolutionary change to the entire, and expanding, satellite industry value chain.  This value chain can be characterised as encompassing data volumes and analytics products not only arising out of satellite communications network operations, but also generated by NewSpace Earth imaging and the IoT revolution.

  • Leveraging advanced satellite-Cloud service synergies
  • The satellite customer base and systems digitization
  • Ubiquity of data availability
  • Running data analytics offerings on virtual systems 
  • From building underlying infrastructure to dealing big data and problem solving
  • Generations – the 5G world of devices quantum leap
  • M2M and 5G – IoT and Internet of Everything Everywhere (IoEE)
  • Integrated functionality – terrestrial broadband wireless and broadband satellite in the LEO constellations age
  • Accelerating satellite’s evolving technological and service capabilities and Mobile Network Operator (MNO) partnership
  • A Unified Network Infrastructure (wired, wireless, terrestrial, and satellite)
  • Satellite beyond 3GPP 5G “Use Cases” and the enhanced technological contributions of HTS/VHTS in GSO, MEO, and the new LEOs
  • The Cloud, 5G, and emerging low-cost terminal technologies
  • Terminal technology interoperability
  • Challenging MNO negative perceptions about satellite

16:00-16:40

Session 10: Robust Connections: Cyber; Interference; Orbital Debris

Moderator: Martin Jarrold, Vice President International Programme Development, GVF

Users of satellite networks depend on the reliable and robust connectivity that is characteristic of today’s platforms, but there are potential vulnerabilities.  This session will explore the current state-of-play in relation to three of those potential vulnerabilities.

  • Cyber Security is a vulnerability far from being specific to satellite, and is a core concern across the entirety of the IP-enabled global ICT infrastructure
    • The European Space Agency is currently calling for proposed solutions to determine the viability of satellite-based services in support of cyber security and to assess technical feasibility and commercial viability for diverse, current and future, vertical sector users of satellite
    • Potential solutions will be enabled by space as a means to mitigate the cyber security risks and to enhance cyber resistance and the resilience of existing infrastructures, services and operations, and contribute to enhancing the end-to-end cyber security of space-based applications
    • Is the satellite sector doing enough in the cyber security environment?
  • Interference (unintended, deliberate interference) is a vulnerability that the satellite industry has been successfully addressing through both technology advance and human capacity-building, or training, exemplified in the offerings of GVF Training
    • Terminal type approvals and interference prevention
    • GVF Mutual Recognition Arrangement Working Group (MRA-WG)
    • GVF collaboration with ESA
  • Orbital Debris – a topically prominent issue
    • Sustainable space utilisation to support development on Earth
    • Tools to support collaborative space situational awareness and surveillance
    • Risk models; space weather; regulatory regimes, international coordination and guidance for space actors
    • Space-based applications and the NewSpace age of innovative LEO business (enhanced communications, advanced Earth imaging, global navigation, cutting-edge exploration, accelerated economic development, and creative security applications)
    • The scale and operation of the mega-constellations – orbital debris prevention and operator responsibility
    • Maintaining space sustainability

16:40-16:50

Closing Remarks for Day Two

Martin Jarrold, Vice President International Programme Development, GVF


2nd April 2020 – Day Three

11:00-14:00

Special Focus Session

[Details to be announced]