2023 Joint Conference - Call for Papers

The Joint Conference (28th Ka and Broadband Conference (Ka), and 40th International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC)) will explore the evolution and interoperability of telecommunication, navigation and Earth observation satellite systems; constellation and small satellite systems advances; optical and quantum communications; telecommunications & navigation systems for space exploration with extension of the 5G network to near Earth, lunar, and deep space environments; satellite-to-cell or direct-to-mobile service; latest results in propagation research at Ka, Q/V and higher frequency bands; navigation; vehicle autonomy and human exploration; broadband data backhaul from scientific missions and remote sensing; and the challenges of radio frequency interference and orbital debris control and mitigation.

This year’s event will bring together researchers, practitioners and experts in academia, industry, space agencies and regulatory organizations around the world to examine challenges and potential solutions to address the emerging new opportunities. The Joint Conference is also a unique occasion for participants to network, strengthen alliances, and establish new partnerships and collaborations.

Papers are solicited in all areas of activity covering the topics below. At this stage, authors are invited to submit via the Joint Conference website a reasonably detailed abstract (maximum 2 pages, including title, authors’ name(s), affiliation(s) and email address(es), and text, figures and references) by the abstract’s submission deadline to either Ka or ICSSC. In deciding which Conference (Ka or ICSSC) to submit to, authors may wish to note that Ka papers will be published in the Online Proceedings (ISSN-2573-6124 online) of the Conference web site, and indexed in Elsevier SCOPUS and Engineering Village Compendex, whereas ICSSC papers will be professionally published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), London, and searchable and accessible on the online platforms of both IEEE Xplore and IET Digital Library.

GSO and NGSO Satellite and New Satellite Systems

  • Broadband High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Systems
  • LEO Systems (Technology, Complexity, and Economic Viability)
  • Small Satellites (Technology, Missions, Flight Results and Market Perspectives)
  • Stratospheric Platforms (Technology and Market Perspectives)
  • Data Relay Systems
  • Advanced NGSO and GSO Inter-System, Intra-System, Interference Mitigation Techniques
  • NGSO Constellations (Technology, System Complexity, Economic Viability)
  • Digital Broadcast Platforms (Satellite and User Segment Technologies and Market Perspectives)
  • Q/V/W Bands Satellite Communications Systems

NGSO (LEO & MEO) Megaconstellations

  • Proposed and Operational Systems
  • Business Model
  • QoS and User Experience Issues
  • Integration with 5G/6G Systems
  • User Device and Terminal Requirements and technology

Telecommunications & Navigation Systems for Space Exploration (Moon, Mars and Beyond)

  • Telecommunications Systems for Space Exploration
  • Telecommunications Subsystems, Equipment and Components Technology
  • Interplanetary Navigation Systems
  • Navigation Subsystems, Equipment and Components Technology
  • Lunar Systems – Analyses and Technology
  • Ground Systems & Terminals (for Earth, Moon, and Mars)
  • Interplanetary Network Systems and Technologies
  • Game Changing Technologies (optical, intelligent, resilient, cyber-secure, open and integrated)
  • Spectrum and Propagation research

Satellite-to-Cell / Direct-to-Mobile Services/Market

  • Proposed and Operational Systems
  • Business Model
  • Technical Challenges, QoS, and User Experience Issues


  • Propagation Experiments (Ongoing and Planned)
  • Propagation Research, including Channel Measurement and Modelling
  • Q/V/W Band Experiments
  • Spectrum for New Services
  • IMT to Satellite interference model

Ground Systems & Networks

  • Networks and Ground Terminals, including Hybrid Terrestrial – Satellite Networks
  • Non-Terrestrial Networks in 5G/6G World
  • Hybrid GSO/NGSO Networks
  • Network Interoperability
  • Ground Systems, Technologies, and Components
  • Gateways
  • Ground Antennas
  • Software Defined Networks including Resource Management and Optimization
  • 5G Integration into Satellite Networks

Systems Interoperability & Integrated Applications

  • Interoperability Solutions (Standards, Technologies, Techniques, Policies)
  • Integrated Applications and Services (Telecom, Earth Observation and Navigation)
  • Urban Air Mobility (UAM)
  • UAS Traffic Management (UTM)
  • Smart Cars/Smart Cities (Large Scale IoT)
  • Autonomous Vessels
  • Air Traffic Management, In-Flight Entertainment, Airline Operations
  • Package Delivery Via Drones

Payload Technology

  • Hosted Payloads
  • Digital Payload Architecture and Technologies
  • Advanced Digital Payloads and Adaptive Transmit Power Allocation Enabling Flexible HTS Systems
  • Ultra-High Data Rate Modems: Power- and Bandwidth-Efficient Modulation
  • Onboard Antenna Technology

Onboard Components Technology

  • Atomic Clocks
  • Oscillating Heat Pipes
  • X-Ray Technology
  • Nanotube Technology
  • Spacecraft Technology (including Cooperative Networks and Spacecraft Swarms)
  • Emerging Low-Cost Technology Trends: SDR’s, TT&C Software
  • High Speed Onboard Processing
  • Cognitive Communications and Networks
  • Q/V/W Bands Components and Technology

Analysis, Simulations, Standards, Spectrum and Protocols

  • Protocols and High Data Rate Waveforms
  • New DVB Standards
  • Systems Modelling and Market Assessment
  • New Satellite Modems, Protocols and Servers Supporting Advanced Services
  • Critical RF Phenomena in Satcom (Passive Intermodulation, Multipactor, Corona)
  • Spectrum management
  • Frequency assignment issues and techniques
  • Interference prevention and mitigation
  • Coexistence of Satellite Systems and 5G/6G networks

Optical Communications

  • Optical and Quantum Communications
  • High-Speed Optical Communications
  • Optical Payload Technologies

Artificial Intelligence & Cognitive Communications

  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Analytics for Satellite Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence in Satcom System Design, Manufacturing, and Operation
  • Cognitive Communications and Networks

Special Topics

  • Commercialization of Space (Tourism and Exploration)
  • In-Flight System and Services
  • Launch Services
  • Launcher Pricing Projections
  • Launch Systems and Rocket Reusability
  • On-orbit Assembly and Satellite Servicing
  • Risk Management
  • Frequency Coordination and Legal & Insurance Issues
  • Dual Systems and Applications
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Security (Physical Layer Through Network Layer)
  • Ready to Market Commercial Applications 
  • Consumer Satellite Broadband in the Era of 5G Terrestrial Rollout
  • Potential New or Emerging Applications to Reinvigorate FSS-MSS Growth
  • Space Sustainability


  • Systems & Payload Architectures, Technologies, and Components
  • Maritime and In-Flight Communications Systems and Autonomy
  • Navigation: From Earth to the Moon, and Beyond
  • Next Generation Space Communications and Navigation Architecture
  • Applications and Services

Earth Observation, Climate and Earth Environment Monitoring and Change Mitigation

  • Earth Observation Programs & Missions
  • Systems & Payloads Architecture, Technologies, and Components
  • Imaging Systems and Instruments for Earth Observation, Weather Tracking and Climate Science
  • Small Satellite Earth-Observation Programs
  • Earth Observation Applications and Services



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