The Defence, Security and Space Forum

Boosting connectivity for moving platforms

Wednesday 20th September 2023
11:20 - 18:20
Room: Alpha 6

Organizer: Volker Ziegler (Airbus Defence and Space, Germany)
Co-Organizer Siegbert Martin (Tesat-Spacecom, Germany)


Pervasive connectivity is one of the megatrends for our society, influences everyone’s daily life and is the backbone of countless business operations. Many people are enjoying seamless and high-data rate connectivity at their homes and operators of mobile platforms (cars, ships, airplanes) as well as the network operators (ground-based or space-based) are investing a lot to deliver equivalent services for the people on the move or in remote areas. At the same time, information superiority is one, if not the, decisive factor in modern warfare. Being able to get an instant situational awareness, remotely connect to distant platforms or organize manned-unmanned collaborative missions is vital to successful operations.

This year’s forum brings together leading industry, institutional and academic experts to showcase and discuss the latest trends to provide pervasive and persistent connectivity to moving platforms even under congested and contested spectrum access. It will encompass network operator requirements as well as leading edge technologies for space-borne, airborne and ground vehicles. These topics will be addressed from the commercial point of view of satellite network operators and antenna technology providers for mobile platforms in addition to the perspective of defense-related airborne networks. The forum will also highlight and discuss institutional roadmaps of new technologies needed to address future societal and industrial challenges. Enjoy a variety of invited talks, the lunch and learn session and exciting panel discussions.


09:00 – 10:40 EuRAD Opening Session
10:40 – 11:20 Coffee Break
11:20 – 12:10 Antenna Technology Challenges for Multi-Orbital Satellite Systems
Miquel Albiol, SES Satellites
12:10 – 13:40 Next-Gen Communication for Advanced Airborne Defense Operations
Thomas Schanne, Airbus Defence and Space
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and Learn
Microwave Journal Industry Sessions (Free lunch boxes)
12:10 – 13:00 Antenna Technology Challenges for Multi-Orbital Satellite Systems
Miquel Albiol, SES Satellites
  Testing for Coexistence in Crowded and Contested RF Environments
Tim Fountain, Rohde & Schwarz
14:00 – 14:35 High Performance ESAs for Ku and Ka-band SATCOM and Point-to-Point Communications
Gabriel M. Rebeiz, Extreme Waves
14:40 – 15:15 The Role of ESA in Supporting Connectivity from Space
Xavier Lobao, ESA
15:20 – 16:00 Direct-to-Device Connectivity via Zephyr HAPS
Andre Grabs, Airbus Defence and Space
16:00 – 16:40 Coffee Break
16:40 – 17:40 DSS Round Table
1. Moderators: Volker Ziegler, Siegbert Martin
2. Miquel Albiol, SES Satellites, Senior Manager RF Systems Engineering
3. Thomas Schanne, Airbus Defence and Space, Chief Engineer FCAS
4. Gabriel M. Rebeiz, Extreme Waves, CEO
5. Xavier Lobao, ESA, Head of Future Projects Division within the Telecom Technologies, Product & Systems Department
6. Andre Grabs, Airbus Defence and Space, HAPS Solutions Architect

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