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Joint Conference New Date: September 27 - 30, 2021

The 26th Ka and Broadband Communications Conference and the 38th International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC), the two most influential technical conferences on satellite systems, will be jointly held in-person with unchanged venue in Washington DC area, USA, from September 28 through September 29, 2021. The third conference day, September 30th, will be only virtual.

The ICSSC Colloquium on: Satellite Constellations and 5G will be held on the 27th of September 2021.

The Joint Conference opening day, September 28th, will be focused on the theme:

Artemis and Beyond: Communications and Navigation for Space Exploration

With the Artemis program, NASA and its International Partners will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024 using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. With Commercial and International partners, sustainable exploration of the moon region will be established by the end of the decade to enable the next giant leap - sending astronauts to Mars.

In this frame the in-person Opening day will feature a:

  • Keynote Speech: NASA Artemis Mission/Vision Overview
  • Round Table: Public and Private Sector’s Role in Returning to the Moon and Going Beyond
  • Plenary 1: Communications and Navigation Requirements
  • Plenary 2: Communications and Navigation Technology Gaps
  • Plenary 3: Commercial Industry Role

In the following days the technical sessions and Panels will continue to address themes and topics looking at a broad spectrum of space communications, navigation, and Earth observation topics:

  • Panel 4: Disruption and the Changing Face of the Satellite Industry
  • 18th BroadSky Workshop
  • 7th General Assembly Aldo Paraboni Experimenters Group

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Joint Conference will go Hybrid
Joint Conference will go Hybrid

Dear Authors and Participants,

Last year in May the Organizing Committee took the unprecedented decision to postpone our Conference to September 27-30, 2021 with the unchanged venue at Arlington, Virginia, USA.
Given the COVID-19 pandemic is unlikely to be completely eliminated by September, the Committee determined that the most appropriate way to hold the 2021 Joint Conference is to adopt the hybrid format. Some events will be held in-person (and available also virtually) while some other events will be held only virtually. Colloquium format is at present confirmed as in-person. Nevertheless, the hybrid format is also under evaluation. An updating on Colloquium selected format will be posted soon.
This format will preserve the safety of our participants, retain many of our event's renowned social and networking opportunities and allow to safely hold our conference without requiring further eradication of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Organizing Committee hopes you will attend and enjoy the upcoming 2021 Joint Conference and Colloquium, either in-person or virtually.

Joint Conference  Executive Chair
Joint Conference Executive Chair

The Joint Conference Organizing Committee unanimously nominate Mr. Badri Younes NASA's Deputy Associate Administrator, Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN), for the honorary role of Executive Chair of the 2020 Joint Conference .
The Committee warmly thanks Mr. Badri Younes for having accepted the role.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)  Aerospace Communications Award (ACA)
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerospace Communications Award (ACA)

The Joint Conference Organizers would like to congratulate Mr. Badri Younes and Mr. Pradman Kaul, for being selected to receive the prestigious 2020 and 2021 AIAA ACAs, respectively.
Mr. Younes, NASA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications and Navigation, was chosen to receive the 2020 ACA “For his Lifetime Accomplishments; Outstanding Leadership in the Advancement of Space Communications; and, for Promoting Interoperability between Commercial and Space Agency Networks.
Mr. Kaul, President and CEO of Hughes Network Systems, was selected to receive the 2021 ACA “For Technical and Management Leadership of The Creation and Development of the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Satellite Communications Industry.”
The Award Presentations will take place during conference week.

Joint Conference Sponsors
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