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26th Ka Conference Abstract Submission OPEN

38th ICSSC Conference Abstract Submission OPEN

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Online Publication of Abstracts available from November 30, 2020

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 Arlington, Virginia, USA, from September 27 through September 30, 2021.

The first day, September 27, will be devoted exclusively to the ICSSC Colloquium.

The technical sessions and panels of both conferences will continue to address themes and topics looking at a broad spectrum of space communications, navigation, and Earth observation topics.

The technical sessions and Plenary Panels will continue to address themes and topics looking at a broad spectrum of space communications, navigation, and Earth observation topics.

More on 26th KA and 38th ICSSC topics and Call for Papers 26th Ka 38th ICSSC
The Joint Conference Organizing Committee decided that abstracts, whose authors have given their authorization, will be included in an online publication. It will acknowledge and credit each author’s research and contribution in a timely fashion, without waiting until 2021. The publication is freely accessible pushing the buttons below

26th KA 38th ICSSC



April 30, 2021


May 28, 2021


July 30, 2021

Plenary Panels

Emerging Technology Impacts on Future Communications Systems

Chair: Pete Vrotsos, Director, Satellite Programs, ZIN Technologies Inc., USA

From Earth to the Moon, and beyond

Co-Chairs: Marco Lisi, Independent consultant (RHEA Group Strategic Advisor) and James Schier, NASA, USA

Disruption and The Changing Face of the Satellite Industry

Chair: Chris Hoeber, CFH Engineering, USA (Consultant for the Communications Satellite Industry)

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COVID-19 Arrangements
COVID-19 Arrangements

Dear Authors and Participants

Thank you for your interest in this year’s Joint Conference scheduled to be held in Arlington, Virginia, USA on 13th – 16th October 2020.
The event will bring together representatives of the world’s leading space agencies as well as researchers and experts in academia, industry, and regulatory organizations around the world.
Backed by an exciting program of social events, the Joint Conference provides an unrivaled opportunity to formulate and exchange the latest ideas for the new decade and to strengthen alliances and establish new partnerships and collaborations.
The Joint Conference Organizing Committee, in the current climate of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected all our lives, with the aim to do everything in its power to support and promote the health, well-being and productivity of all conference authors and participants made the decision to postpone the 26th Ka and 38th ICSSC Joint Conference to 27th – 30th September 2021. The conference venue is unchanged at Arlington, Virginia, USA.
This unprecedented decision was not taken lightly. We analyzed the best medical opinion on the evolution and impact of the pandemic through 2020. And we even considered moving to a virtual conference format at the original October 2020 schedule. In the end we decided that the best interests of the safety of our participants and unique nature of our conference (involving interactions in high-profile plenary panels and parallel technical sessions as well as social activities) will be served by a postponement. We believe that we will be able to implement any safety precautions dictated by expert medical advice to hold a successful physical conference at this new date.
The Joint Conference Organizing Committee decided to maintain the Abstract submission open and strongly suggests to submit your abstracts on or before the 30th September 2020. More detailed information on abstract submission will shortly follow on the website and with a dedicated email.
If you were considering submitting an abstract and have not yet done so, please take this opportunity to visit the Joint Conference website and follow the simple instructions. We hope that this extension gives enough time to potential authors whose research has been hampered by the global lock-down
We thank you for your continuing support and your kind understanding in these exceptional circumstances. Please be sure to mark your calendar with this important new date and stay tuned with our website and emails for more details about the Joint Conference program and evolving plans on Abstract submission, Plenary sessions and Plenary Round Table that will bring together representatives of the world’s leading Space Agencies.

Joint Conference Organizing Committee

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.

Hotel Accommodations at Crystal Gateway Marriott
Hotel Accommodations at Crystal Gateway Marriott

A dedicated website is available for booking hotel rooms online at the Conference Hotel.
Reservations can be made starting October 8, 2020.

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AIAA Aerospace Communications Technical Excellence Award

The Joint Conference Organizers would like to congratulate Mr. Badri Younes, NASA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Communications and Navigation, for being selected to receive the prestigious “AIAA Aerospace Communications Technical Excellence Award” for his Lifetime Accomplishments; Outstanding Leadership in the Advancement of Space Communications; and, for Promoting Interoperability between Commercial and Space Agency Networks. The Award Presentation will take place during conference week.

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