Laser Communications Symposium 2014: Commercial Space-Based Laser Communications and the SpaceDataHighway


The Earth Observation Industry Alliance (EOIA), General Atomics (GA) and Airbus Defense and Space invite you to attend this Stakeholder Symposium focusing on soon-to-be available innovative laser technology that will revolutionize how geospatial data and information is managed on both space borne and airborne platforms.

EO_Ind_Alliance_bIn the near future, airborne and spaceborne Laser Communication Terminals (LCTs) will provide remote sensing missions (ISR, weather, disaster response), defense, robotic, manned and unmanned space and airborne communities faster data transmission as well as larger data volume and tasking capabilities. Laser relays will reduce system response time (latency, reactivitiy) and disruption to a level where near-real-time geospatial data delivery capabilities will become a reality on a global scale.

The symposium will focus on soon-to-be available innovative laser technology that will revolutionize how geospatial data and information is managed on spaceborne and airborne platforms

This Stakeholder Symposium will provide an overview of the current status of the SpaceDataHighway and other technologies along with deployment schedules. The conference is an effort to forge collaboration between the diverse segments of the space, aerospace and geospatial intelligence industries and discuss related opportunities for Business-to-Business and Business-to-Government collaboration and partnerships. The symposium is intended to provide a forum to explore ways industry can work together to harness this disruptive capability for the benefit of their customers.

Among the confirmed and invited speakers are:

  • Morio Toyoshima, Japan Space Communication Systems Laboratory, Wireless Network Research Institute, Japan National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
  • Gil Klinger, Special Advisor, National Reconnaissance Office
  • David Robie, Director-Electro Optic Systems, Mission Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • Herwig Zech, TESAT Spacecom, Senior Project Manager Optical Space Communication Systems
  • Dennis Jones, President, Earth Observation Industry Alliance
  • Simon Drygalla, Liaison Officer to U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Federal Republic of Germany
  • Akos Hegyi, Head of EDRS European Data Relay Satellite Services, Airbus Defense and Space
  • Thornton (Bill) Wilt, Director, Earth Observation Industry Alliance

Symposium Schedule:

November 4, 2014: 11:30 a.m. – 05:00 p.m. (followed by a Networking Reception)

  • Registration, Welcome Coffee & Light Buffet
  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Opening Presentation: The importance of space-based laser communications and data relay systems
  • Introduction to Laser Communications: “The Future is Now in Space-Based Lasercomm”
  • Overview of Current and Future NASA Laser Communication Programs
  • SpaceDataHighway – Ready for Prime Time
  • Space-Based Laser Communications Meeting War Fighter Requirements
    Airborne Laser ISR Capability
    Tech Panel: The Technology and the Terminals
    Policy Panel: Impact of Lasercomm on current Regulatory Regimes and the need for international cooperation on Policy”
    Japan’s Activities on Space Laser Communications

November 5, 2014: 08:30am – 12:30pm

  • Welcome & Introduction to the Breakout Sessions
  • Breakout Sessions Round 1: Breakout A: Airborne User Platforms; Breakout B: Spaceborne User Platforms
  • Breakout Sessions Round 2: Breakout C: EDRS Node D & GlobeNet; Breakout D: Integration of Lasercomm into Current DISN
  • Networking Break
  • Wrap-up / Conclusion


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