• A Hybrid Conference – In-Person and Virtual Presentations
  • Technical Conference:  05 – 09 March 2023
  • Exhibition: 07 – 09 March 2023
  • San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA

Space-Based Optical Communications and Networking

Tuesday, 07 March, 15:00 – 16:00

Theater III


Doug Zuckerman, IEEE Communications Society, USA

Session Description:

Tremendous growth in satellite systems deployment has been driven by the need for efficient, reliable, cost-effective low-latency implementations of real-time (or near-real time) applications, as well as bringing broadband communications to wider segments of humanity. Pushed by those emerging applications, new connectivity solutions are of current research, design and development interest for LEO, MEO, GEO, and further satellite applications. Traditionally, satellite networks have used microwaves for satellite-satellite space and satellite-ground communications. More recently, researchers and manufacturers have been investigating the use of lasers for space-based communications and networking for Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN), with a mix of Radio Frequency and Free Space Optics. However, deploying optical transmission systems in space has challenges, including robustness in the hostile space environment, packaging size, power and weight, pointing, acquisition and stability of the laser beams, adaptive configurability of the time-varying satellite network, network interoperability (including protocols) with other space-based, airborne and global ground-station networks, system resilience, robustness against weather impairments, variable and adaptive data rate control, and traffic variations, just to cite some of the key design aspects. This panel will invite experts who will give an overview of this emerging field, including its opportunities and challenges for researchers, device manufacturers, systems vendors, service providers, and standardization bodies.

Organized by: 


Vincent W.S. Chan, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT, USA

Christian Fuchs, Head of Department, Institute of Communications and Navigation, German Aerospace Center (DLR), USA

Markus Gardill, Chair of Electronic Systems and Sensors, Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany

Kathy Grise, Senior Program Director, IEEE Future Directions, USA

Loukas Paraschis, Dispersed Computing, IEEE Communications Society Technology Evolution and Initiatives Committee, USA