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A Giant Leap into Space

Brought to you by The Non-Terrestrial Networks Group

This session from the CW Non-Terrestrial Networks SIG will explore the challenges of delivering telecoms services from space and the engineering obstacles which need to be overcome.

About the event

As launch costs tumble a host of telco operators are re-examining the opportunities from Space and converged communications propositions are emerging. At the same time, industrial grade terrestrial technologies from silicon to software are being deployed in satellite platforms speeding time to market. This is enabling new global business cases which promise to improve everyone’s connectivity.

This session will explore the challenges of delivering telecoms services from space and the engineering obstacles which organsations need to overcome. These include: 

  • High radiation,
  • Wide temperature variation and
  • Power limitations

This online event is delivered by the CW Non-Terrestrial SIG and is free for CW members, and £25 plus VAT for non-members. To explore the benefits of CW membership please click here.

We have limited FREE delegate places for those under 35, and for those working in start-ups and small organisations (less than 5 employees). To claim a free ticket please email clare.kettle@cambridgewireless.co.uk

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWNTN.

Agenda

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14:00

Welcome from our CEO, Simon Mead

14:03

Introduction from Chair, Kieran Arnold, Satellite Applications Catapult & Non-Terrestrial Network SIG Champion

14:05

'AAC Clyde Space – Bringing Space Down To Earth' - Sue Kee, AAC Clyde Space

Sue will give a brief introduction to AAC Clyde Space before discussing the opportunities – and challenges – presented by CubeSats in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

14:25

'Antennas in Space' - Mats Andersson

In his talk Mats will focus on the often extreme challenges of designing antennas to be used in a space environment. He will talk about when he was the project manager at Saab Ericsson Space, Gothenburg, Sweden for the development of antenna elements for 12 MEO satellites with large phased arrays. There were 127 TX and 127 RX elements on each of the 12 satellites. In addition to the challenges with electrical and mechanical design he also had to solve very large challenges with PIM (Passive InterModulation) and charge build up from free protons in the MEO orbit. Despite these challenges he managed to achieve extremely low cost production for space qualified antennas by using a supplier who also supplied IKEA with metallic lamp shades

14:40

'Silicon in Space' - Paul Morris, Ensilica

The breakneck pace of satellite development and deployment is questioning the traditional deep space approaches to on board electronics. Key components comprise the semiconductor but how can we use some of the latest semiconductor processes in a space environment? How is the silicon affected by the conditions in space? What types of errors can occur and how can we mitigate against those? This is an introduction to the challenges of operating semiconductor electronics in space.

14:55

'Software in Space: the challenges of a unique environment' - Mark Hann, CGI

This presentation will outline the unique challenges of developing software for the space environment and how these challenges are overcome.

15:10

Panel Session

15:28

Closing remarks and event ends

Speakers

Mats Andersson

Mats Andersson is an industry thought-leader with over 30 years international satellite and telecom experience. Between 1986 – 2006 he held various engineering and management positions at Ericsson (in Canada, England and Sweden) and brings extensive expertise from the industry. Additionally, he holds three university degrees (Lic. Eng., M. Sc. and B.A.). In 2006, Mats joined tech start-up, Bluetest AB in Gothenburg as CEO. Under his leadership, Bluetest grew to become the world leading MIMO Over-The-Air (OTA) test company. Mr. Andersson joined Huawei Technologies Sweden AB in 2011 as Site and System Manager for Radio Base Systems, in Gothenburg. During his tenure, Huawei Gothenburg became a renowned global competence center for Higher Order MIMO and Massive MIMO base stations. In 2014, Mats established MUMIMO AB – a company with a focus on innovation and business development for small and large wireless companies and brings thought-leading expertise within 5G, satellite communications and new wireless technologies. Mats is currently Chairman of the Board of Forsway Scandinavia AB and Satcube AB, and a Board Member of Wyld Networks AB. He is an investor in Bluetest AB, SweGaN AB and Brinja AB.

Mark Hann - Software Architect, CGI

Mark has been a technical architect in spacecraft on board software for over 20 years, working on earth observation and science missions for the European Space Agency and UK Space Agency. His recent projects include leading the instrument management software for European Exomars rover.

Sue Kee - Head of Business Development for Missions & Services, AAC Clyde Space

Sue is Head of Business Development for Missions and Services at AAC Clyde Space. She enjoyed 15 years in IBM UK, where she gained significant commercial, contract negotiation and leadership skills. She entered the space sector by gaining a postgraduate certificate in Space Science and serving as Business Development Manager at the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA) before joining AAC Clyde Space in 2020.

Paul Morris - Business Development Director, EnSilica

Paul has 30 years’ experience working on various wireless and semi-conductor systems most recently promoting semiconductors for Ka-band beamformers for satellite connectivity and growing EnSilica’s business.  He gained his semiconductor experience from CSR’s early days through to its trade sale to Qualcomm where he was Senior Director, Technology covering a range of mobile, security, wireless audio and automotive products.  He enjoys growing international technology businesses and has lived and worked in France and China.  Paul is active in various Cambridge local networks including CW and Cambridge Network and has acted in advisory roles for start-ups.

SIG Champions

Kieran Arnold - Chief Architect – Future Networks and Systems, Satellite Applications Catapult

Kieran has held various senior technical and executive roles over the past 30 years which included R&D Chief Technical Officer for Orange / France Telecom R&D and Head of Payload Systems Engineering, Airbus Space & Defence. He is currently Director of Ubiquitous Connectivity in the Satellite Applications Catapult and General Manager of the Westcott Site where they host their 5G testbed. Kieran leads on two major 5G projects, firstly a project funded by SEMLEP for Milton Keynes Smart City 5G deployment and a DCMS funded project for Dorset Council providing rural connectivity using satellite and terrestrial connectivity.

Steve Clarke - CTO, Wyld Networks Ltd

Previously a senior BBC engineer and lecturer at Salford University, Steve has many years of experience in software and electronics, from RF telemetry and low-power radio bridges to the multi award-winning Tag McLaren AV processors, EPOS & smart energy meters. Steve founded two IoT companies and led the development team of ACIS (now Vix Technology), growing them to become the UK’s largest bus telematics company.

Stewart Marsh - Head of Aerospace, Cambridge Consultants

As head of aerospace at Cambridge Consultants, Stewart leads the company's collaboration within the sector. Central to Stewart's role is helping companies achieve complex technology breakthroughs that unlock transformative business value. This has included a world-first Push-to-Talk satellite service and an innovative beyond visual line-of-sight UAV solution using low power satellite technology. With over 20 years' technology experience, Stewart has held a range of senior technology roles and has a wealth of expertise across aerospace, mobile communications and GNSS.

Paul Morris - Business Development Director, EnSilica

Paul has 30 years’ experience working on various wireless and semi-conductor systems most recently promoting semiconductors for Ka-band beamformers for satellite connectivity and growing EnSilica’s business.  He gained his semiconductor experience from CSR’s early days through to its trade sale to Qualcomm where he was Senior Director, Technology covering a range of mobile, security, wireless audio and automotive products.  He enjoys growing international technology businesses and has lived and worked in France and China.  Paul is active in various Cambridge local networks including CW and Cambridge Network and has acted in advisory roles for start-ups.

Jaime Reed - Vice President, Space Data Platforms and Applications, CGI

Jaime loves working with clients to invent the Space services of the future. He leads Space Data Platforms and Applications team in the UK for CGI, the largest IT and business consulting company in the space sector. Using SatCom and Remote Sensing technologies his team work on topics like smart cities, connected transport, AI, 5G, geospatial applications and HAPS. Jaime has spent 20 years in the space industry as a systems engineer and project manager working on some of the most complex ground, satellite and software systems for clients like the European Space Agency and NASA. Jaime has a Doctorate in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics and is a Chartered Engineer.

Cyril Valadon - Technical Director, MediaTek (MTK Wireless Limited)

Cyril is Technical Director with MediaTek in Cambourne where he is leading the Core Technology Division in the wireless business unit. He completed his PhD at the University of Surrey where he was looking at the use of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) techniques for multimedia satellite communication systems (in the heady days of Globalstar, Iridium, ICO, …). He has since spent 20 years in the semiconductor industry standardizing, architecting and developing wireless chipsets for numerous cellular communication standards. His team is currently working on a variety of development projects for 5G/NR solutions and he is personally very keen in exploring opportunities to apply these solutions for different applications.

Geoff Varrall - Director, RTT Online

Geoff Varrall joined RTT in 1985 as an executive director and shareholder to develop RTT's international business as a provider of technology and business services to the wireless industry. He co-developed RTT's original series of design and facilitation workshops including 'RF Technology', 'Data Over Radio', 'Introduction to Mobile Radio', and 'Private Mobile Radio Systems and developed 'The Oxford programme', a five day strategic technology and market programme presented annually between 1991 and 2005. Geoff has been running in depth technology and market workshops for the industry for over 33 years, spanning five generations of mobile cellular technology. A co-author of the Mobile Radio Servicing Handbook (Heinemann Butterworth, UK), Data Over Radio, (Quantum Publishing, Mendocino, USA and 3G Handset and Network Design (John Wiley, New York). Geoff's fourth book, Making Telecoms Work – from technical innovation to commercial success (John Wiley) was published in early 2012 followed by 5G Spectrum and Standards published by Artech House in July 2016. His latest book 5G and Satellite Spectrum Standards and Scale is now available from Artech House and can be ordered from http://uk.artechhouse.com/5G-and-Satellite-Spectrum-Standards-and-Scale-P1935.aspxAs a past Director of Cambridge Wireless, Geoff is actively involved in a number of wireless heritage initiatives that aim to capture and record past technology and engineering experience and is a patron of the Science Museum In his spare time he plays Jazz trumpet semi-professionally and is a marathon and ultra-runner.

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