The 2019 Defence, Security & Space Forum

Porte De Versailles, Paris, France
Wednesday 2 October, 08:30 to 18:30, Room N01

The Defense, Security and Space (DSS) Forum is jointly organized by the European Microwave Association (EuMA) and Microwave Journal to complement European Microwave Week’s activity in the defense, security and space sector.

Each year the DSS Forum focuses on a hot topic that is engaging industry, academia and organizations/agencies to develop, test and implement leading edge technology. In 2019 the topic is: New Radio Architectures: The Evolution for Satellite Constellations.

With the development of the commercial space market being driven by companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, the market has become more competitive and demanding for communications technology to evolve and innovate. New radio architectures are needed that use less power and have lower latency while still being low cost. Small and nano satellites are also driving the same factors but to an extreme level for miniature systems.

The development of Satellite Constellations is growing due to increase demand in data rates and data traffic for wireless communications. 6G is expected to achieve Tb/s data rates while the traffic will reach ZetaBytes in 2030 time frame. Proposals are based on the deployment of thousands low-cost micro-satellites in Low-Earth-Orbits for instance (LEO). This pushes the performance towards higher frequencies and much more powerful communication systems.

The RF and Microwave community in this forum will discuss how organizations are responding with new radio architectures to achieve these goals.

Keynote speakers will consider the state of the art of leading technologies and systems for satellite constellations, the estimated evolution of technologies and trends and consider expected capabilities and functionalities to address future challenges. The efforts made by the main players in the sector will be analyzed and their views on new trends and technological developments will be offered.

The industry session will reflect the effort and investment that is being made to develop and test new radio architectures with improved size, weight and cost. Specific areas of activity include phased arrays, various types of beamforming, different RF partitioning, high efficiency solid state amplifiers, improved heat sinking materials, miniaturized radios and antennas, to name a few. Link and alternatives with respect to optical technologies will also be addressed as a complement to the communication technologies. . From an industry perspective, the emphasis will be on development at component and sub-system level, with particular focus on sub-system integration, not forgetting the significant role that test and measurement has to play in moving the sector forward.

The Executive Forum will present the points of view of the different established and regulatory bodies that allow coexistence between the different aerial platforms and describe the activity of the different players already established and emerging in the field.


08:30 - 10:10 EuRAD Opening Session
10:10 - 10:50 Coffee Break
10:50 - 12:40 ‘Challenges in Satellite Constellations and impact on the communications technologies‘
Moderators: Dr. Patrice GAMAND, ALPHA-RLH Cluster, France and Dr. Erwan FOURN, IETR, France

  • ESA, ESTEC, The Netherlands, ‘The revival of Constellations in the 21st century: Roadmaps and Technology requirements, Emiliano RE
  • CAILABS, France, ‘How optical innovation and Radio-Frequency team-up for higher satellite communication throughput? ‘ Dr. David ALLOUX •
  • LEADS-AEROSPACE, France, Babacar SECK

12:40 - 13:40 Strategy Analytics Lunch & Learn Session – Global Satellite Market Outlook

Asif Anwar will discuss the global market outlook for both military and commercial satellites underpinned by a discussion on how the emergence of small satellite buses and LEO constellations will change the make-up of satellite communication systems. He will cover specifics such as new architectures such as phased arrays and solid state technology.

13:50 - 15:30 Microwave Journal Industry Session

This session offers a perspective on how industry is aiming to design, develop and test radio architectures and the challenges that need to be addressed to implement them. Various tradeoffs in radio architectures will be covered along with solid state technologies, phased arrays and packaging concerns.

  • High Throughput Satellite: Test & Measurement Challenges for the next generation Communication Satellites – R&S
  • Next Generation X- to Ku-Band MMICs – OMMIC
  • TBD – Qorvo

15:30 - 16:10 Coffee Break

16:10 - 17:30 Round table: ‘‘Concepts, technologies and systems addressing ultra-high capacity and data traffic for future wireless communications ‘

Moderators: Dr. Patrice GAMAND, ALPHA-RLH Cluster, France and Dr. Erwan FOURN, IETR, France


  • Guy KOUEMOU, HENSOLDT, Technology Manager
  • Jan THOEMEL, GomSpace, Luxemburg, Head of Satellite operation
  • Babacar SECK, LEADS-Aerospace, CEO
  • Emiliano RE, ESA, RF systems, payloads and technology division
  • Jean-François BOUTILLON, Thales Alenia Space, Constellation Solutions Line Manager

17:30 - 18:30 Cocktail Reception

The opportunity to network and discuss informally the issues raised throughout the Forum.



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