September 15 - 18, 1997 Sorrento, Italy
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Under the auspices of:

  • ASI - Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, Italy
  • CRC - Communications Research Centre, Canada
  • CRL - Communications Research Laboratory, Japan
  • ESA - European Space Agency
  • Ministero delle Poste e Telecomunicazioni, Italy
  • NASA - National Aeronautics & Space Administration, USA
  • NASDA - National Space Development Agency, Japan


Program SCOPE

As we approach the Third Ka Band Utilization Conference, we see growing activity in the utilization of the Ka band spectrum. In the U.S., the FCC has granted licenses to all the applicants, and similar actions are being taken by the appropriate authorities around the world. Soon, therefore, we can expect public announcements about the modifications to the current Ka band filings, about contract awards and about alliances and partnerships to build systems that for the first time can be global thanks to common worldwide spectrum allocations.

It is certainly an exciting time for the satellite industry and for the proponents of the global village, whose dream is getting closer and closer to reality. This excitement is reflected by the response to our Call for Papers as evidenced by the quantity, quality and variety of topics which will provide four full days of presentations in the following areas:

  • Systems
  • Experimental Results
  • Propagation
  • Deep Space and Inter-Orbit Communications
  • Component Developments
  • Ground Systems
  • Architecture and Protocols
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Market Perspectives

We hope that the above topics will stimulate your interest in joining us at the Conference, which we want to make the forum for all phases of technical and business activities related to Ka band.
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F. Valdoni (Chairman) - IIC and Universita di Roma Tor Vergat
F. Bertoldi (Organization) - IIC
C. Cenami (Secretary) - Agenzia Spaziale Italiana
F. Gargione - Lockheed Martin
F. Marconicchio - Agenzia Spaziale Italiana


F. Valdoni (Co-Chairman) - ITC and Universita di Roma Tor Vergat
F.Gargione (Co-Chairman) - Lockheed Martin
F. Marconicchio (Co-Chairman) - Agenzia Spaziale Italiana
E. Ashford - European Space Agency
F. Assal - Comsat Laboratories, retired
R. De Paula - NASA Headquarters
R. T. Gedney - Advanced Communications Technology
R. Huck - Communications Research Centre
R. M. Knight - NASA Lewis Research Center
N. Kadowaki - Communications Research Lab


IIC-Instituto Internationale delle Comunicazioni
Via Pertinace - Villa Piaggio
16125 GENOVA, Italy

Phone: +39 10 2722383
Fax: +39 10 2722183
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Monday, September 15, 1997



08:45 - Session 1: NEW Ka-BAND SYSTEMS

Evolution of the Astrolink System
R. Gobbi, A. Modelfino, F. Gargione, E. Elizondo,
Lockheed Martin Telecommunications, USA

K.R. Barker, E. Habib, R. G. Leamon, K.M. Price, W.H. Stiles,
Space Systems/LORAL, USA

The EuroSkyWay system for interactive multimedia and the relevant traffic management
G. Losquadro, M. Marinelli, Alenia Aerospazio, Italy

The WEST Project: exploiting the Ka-band spectrum to develop the Global Information Infrastructure
B. Le Stradic, M. Vaissiere, 0. Bowles, Matra Marconi Space, United Kingdom

10:05 - 10:20 - Coffee break

10:20 - Session 1: NEW Ka-BAND SYSTEMS

CELESTRI Ka-band Sharing
R.J. Leopold, K. Peterson, Motorola Satellite Communications, USA

Asia SkyLink pencil beams system in providing High Bit Rate Data Transmission Asian big economic cities
A. Nugroho, T. Priyanto, PT Telckomunikasi Indonesia, Indonesia

Skystation communication system - communication payload description
M. Piacciani, Alenia Acrospazio, Italy


A quantitative review of ACTS experiments operations
R. Bauer, NASA Lewis Research Center, USA
P. McMasters, Analex Corp., USA

Multimedia application field trials results and analysis (Terrestrial-satellite integrated network using ITALSAT satellite)
G. La Gioia, M. Di Crescenzo, Nuova Telespazio, Italy
F. Panciroli, Telecom Italia, Italy
F. Aversa, Sinapsi, Italy

Ka band satellite communication systems operating through NTT's communication satellite N-STAR
T. Otsu, K. Okada, Y. Fukuyo, M. Minomo, NTT Wireless Systems Laboratories, Japan

Telemammography using Tl-rate satellite communications
R.J. Kerczewski, G.J. Chomos, D.H. Ngo, D.T. Tran, Q.K. Tran,
NASA Lewis Research Center, USA
B.A. Kachmar, P.J Mallasch, Analex Corporation, USA
S. J Dwyer III, University of Virginia, USA
W.A. Chilcote, D.W. Piraino, K.A. Powell, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, USA

Ground measurement of transmission characteristics of high speed TC8PSK modulation in a frequency around 21 GHz using COMETS
M. Iguchi, Communications Research Laboratory, Japan

13:10 - 14:15 - Lunch


Interim findings of ACTS Ka-band propagation campaign
N. Golshan, JPL, USA

ITALSAT propagation experiment: an update on the available results
A. Paraboni, C. Riva, CSTS-CNR, Italy

COMETS propagation experiments
C. Ohuchi, H. Saitoh, H. Imai, Communications Research Laboratory, Japan

Measurements of attenuation and cross-polar discrimination performed using the ITALSAT propagation beacons at 18.7, 40 and 50 Ghz
A. Martellucci, F. Barbaliscia, A. Aresu, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Italy

Mobile propagation measurements at Ka-band: statistical results
S. Buonomo, B. Arbesser-Rastburg, ESA ESTEC-XEP, The Netherlands
L. D'Amato, CSELT, Italy

16:00 - 16:15 - Coffee break


Utilization of narrow-directed Ka-band wavebeams within the framework of terrestrial systems
G.A. Andreyev, S.A. Ogarev, G.I. Khokhlov, Russian Academy of Science, Russia

Filter influence on ACTS fade duration and fade slope statistics
H. Helmken, Florida Atlantic University, USA
J. Feil, L. Ippolito, Stanford Telecom, USA
R. Henning, University of South Florida, USA
S. Horan, New Mexico State University, USA
C. Mayer, University of Alaska, USA

Rain fade compensation alternatives for Ka-band communication satellites
R.J. Acosta, NASA Lewis Research Center, USA

Effective use of rain fade compensation for Ka band satellites
R.T. Gedney, Advanced Communications Technology, USA

Propagation considerations for low margin Ka-band systems
L.J. Ippolito, Stanford Telecom, USA

Tuesday, September 16, 1997


Ka-band transponders for Data Relay Test Satelllite (DRTS)
M. Amano, S. Suzuki, M. Nakazawa, K. Hirasawa, NEC, Japan
S. Kosugi, Y. Sudou, M. Nakai, NASDA, Japan

Mars Global Surveyor Ka-band link experiment (MGS/KaBLE)
S. Butman, D. Morabito, A. Mittskus, J. Border, J Berner,
C. Whetsel, M. Gatti, C. Foster, V. Vilnrotter, H. Cooper,
A. Del Castillo, A. Kwok, J. Weese, M. Speranza, JPL, USA
R. Davis, W. Adams, A. McMechen, Lockheed Martin Astronautics, USA
C. Goodson, G. Bury, D. Recce, Allied Signal Technical Services, USA

Ka-band ENVISAT - Data relay satellite system
J. Mas Albaiges, K. Falbe-Hansen, ESTEC, The Netherlands

NASA Ka-band Single Access (KaSA) service in the year 2000+
A. Comberiate, M. Feldman, E. Lowe, B. Younes,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
R. Chang, Stanford Telecom, USA

Feasibility of a phased array antenna for dual TDRS/direct-to-ground Ka-band communications
D. Zillig, K. Perko, B. Younes, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
M. Burns, G. Welti, Stanford Telecom, USA

10:15 - 10:30 - Coffee break


Key technology for DTRS Ka band data relay experiments
Y. Kanamori, S. Kosugi, NASDA, Japan

The status of Ka-band communications for future deep space missions
C.D. Edwards, L. Deutsch, M. Gatti, J. Layland, J. Perret,
C. Stelzried, JPL, USA

Protection of TDRSS H,I,J from the emissions of point--to-multipoint fixed service systems in the 25.25-27.5 GHz band
J.E. Miller, Stanford Telecom, USA
B. Younes, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, USA

Ka-band antenna and receiver for inter orbit link communication of DRTS
M. Yamato, T. Sagara, H. Aruga, T. Ishizu, H. Mizutomari,
Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Japan
S. Kosugi, Y. Sudo, M. Nakai, NASDA, Japan

The ARTEMIS feeder link section for earth - LEO communication paths
S. Piazza, A. Pullara, T. Sassorossi, Alenia Aerospazio, Italy

12:15 - 13:50 - Lunch


GaAs low noise and high power MMIC amplifiers for Ka-band applications
T. Ishikawa, S.I. Fujimoto, T. Ishida, T. Katoh, H. Hoshi,
Y. Sasaki, Y. Mitsui, S. Chaki, T. Kunii, M. Konzaru,
M. Funada, Mitsubishi Electric Corp, Japan

CASSINI Mission: exploration of the Saturn system. A coherent Ka-band translator for radio science experiments
B. Perrot, R. Giordani, Alenia Aerospazio, Italy

A study of Ka-band active phased array antenna for Gigabit satellite communications
N. Kadowaki, M. Yamamoto, R. Imai,
Communications Research Laboratory, Japan
Y. Koishi, Y. Kuriyama, N. Miyano, H. Syoki, Toshiba, Japan

The Multi-Media PreProcessor. A SAW-based analog processing technique to optimize digital demultiplexing requirements in wideband digital OBP satellites
K. Lazaris-Brunner, G. Beauchamp, B. Tailor, COM DEV, Canada

High data rate on board switching
C. Ponzoni, F. Longoni, Laben, Italy

Ka-band LEO user terminal transponder
P. Van Loock, Alcatel Bell NV, Belgium

16:00 - 16:15 - Coffee break

16:15 - Session 8: PROPAGATION MODELS

Characterization of atmospheric attenuation in the absence of rain in Europe in SHF/EHF bands for VSAT satcoms systems applications
F. Barbaliscia, M. Boumis, A. Martellucci, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Italy

Rain cell size statistics inferred from long term point rain rate: model and results
E. Matricciani, A. Pawlina Bonati, Centro di Studio
sulle Telecomunicazioni Spaziali CNR, Italy

Detection of Ka band fades for countermeasures on Earth-Satellites link
B.C. Gremont, A.P. Gallois, S.D. Bate, Coventry University, United Kingdom

A fractal attenuation model for the Ka band
F. Potorti, CNUCE-CNR, Italy

Comparison of multiple rain attenuation models with three years of Ka band propagation data concurrently taken at eight different locations
G. Feldhake, L. Ailes, Stanford Telecom, USA


19:45 - Cocktail party in "Villa Pompeiana" offered by Alenia Spazio

Wednesday, September 17, 1997


Ka-band low spurious drain mixer for low noise receivers
Y. Isota, K. toh, G. Toyoshima, M. Funada, Mitsubishi Electric Corp, Japan

Direct I&Q to Ka-band PSK modem
C. Pike, P. Tardif, D. Drolet, Communications Research Centre, Canada

Developments at ESA of on-board RF equipment in support of future Ka-band "multimedia" missions
S. Badessi, European Space Agency, The Netherlands

Phased array technology for circularly polarized Ka-band satellite antennas
D.J. Roscoe, R. Douville, A. Ittipiboon, Communications Research Centre, Canada
J.F. Rivard, SPAR Aerospace, Canada
L. Shafai, A. Sebak, J. Carrie, M. Macki, University of Manitoba, Canada
J. Wight, D. McPherson, E. Guetre, Carleton University, Canada
L. Chow, University of Waterloo, Canada

Mobile antenna systems for Japan's test satellite "COMETS"
H. Saito, N. Obara, C. Ohuchi, M. Takeuchi, Communications Research Laboratory, Japan

Ka-band microwave power module for multimedia services
L. Nebuloni, A. Trivulzio, FIAR, Italy

A Ka-band active phased array antenna for Gigabit satellite
H. Nakaguro, S. Kitao, R. Yonezawa, H. Mizutamari, A. Akaishi,
Mitsubishi Electric Corp, Japan
N. Kadowaki, R. Imai, M. Yamamoto, CRL, Japan

10:55 - 11:10 - Coffee break


Ground segment architecture for Ka-band multimedia satellite system
G. Albano, A. Puccio, Nuova Telespazio, Italy

Versatile RF front end for small Ka-band ground terminals
J.L. Fikart, IMT Communications Systems, Canada

System design and applications of ultra small aperture terminal with the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite
R. C. Reinhart, Analex Corp. c/o NASA Lewis Reserch Center, USA

Influence of sky noise temperature and propagation phase noise on VSAT design at millimetre-wave frequencies
S. Senin, C. Catalan, E. Vilar, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

12:35 - 14:00 - Lunch


"Eurosphere", an alternative System Design Approach
L. Peeters, Alcatel Telecom, Belgium

Ka-band satellite communications: the issues attending provision of a diverse mix of quality services
F.J. Ross, N. Al-Dhahir, R.L. Frey, M.L. Graab, M.J. Hartman,
J.E. Hershey, E.T Saulnier, General Electric Corporate Research
and Development Center, USA
J. Esposito, R. LaRosa, General Electric American Communications, USA

On-board ATM switching system for Ka-band Gigabit communications technology satellite
N. Kadowaki, R. Imai, M. Yamamoto, Communications Research Laboratory, Japan

A Global Integrated Personal Satellite Multimedia Environment (GIPSE): communications for the next millennium
A. Sammut, I. Mertzanis, R. Tafazolli, B. Evans, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Hybrid satellite and terrestrial communication system for interactive multimedia services
E. Russo, D. Di Zenobio, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Italy

Interactive channel for multimedia services: the demonstrations via ITALSAT satellite
F. Carducci, Alenia Aerospazio, Italy

16:05 - 16:20 - Coffee break

16:20 - Session 12: ARCHITECTURE AND PROTOCOLS (2)

ANIS: ATM node in the Sky. A pragmatic approach for an on-board ATM switching
J. Bouin, I. Buret, C. Regal, R. Lenormand, P. Very, T. Zein, Alcatel Espace, France
M. Dieudonne, Alcatel CIT, France

Ka-band system design and rain attenuation
J. Jay Jones, J.D. Hopponen, Lockheed Martin Telecommunications, USA

An experimental ATM-like fast packet switch for a future military communication payload
W. Buerkle, M. Trefz, Bosch Telecom, Germany

High-speed TCP/IP and ATM over NASA's Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS)
D. Beering, Amoco Corp, USA
D. Brooks,, Sterling Software, USA
D. Hoder, NASA Lewis Research Center, USA
A. Welch, Compuserve, USA

Protocol architecture scenarios for satellite and B-ISDN network integration
J. Mertzanis, R. Tafazolli, B.G. Evans, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

20:00 - Banquet in the Gala Dining Room "St. Antonio" offered by Lockheed Martin

Thursday, September 18, 1997

08:30 - Session 13: ARCHITECTURE AND PROTOCOLS (3)

Satellite ATM network architectural considerations for multimedia services
S. Kota, Lockheed Martin Telecommunications, USA

Enhancing end to end performance of information services over Ka-band global satellite networks
K. Bhasin, D. Glover, W. Ivancic, T. VonDeak, NASA Lewis Research Center, USA

ATM-based high data rate satellite communications experiment using N-STAR
N. Yoshimura, T. Takahashi, N. Kadowaki, T Ikegami, Communications Research Laboratory, Japan

CDMA, the alternative multiple access in SECOMS
C. Valadon, P. Taaghol, B.G. Evans, R. Tafazolli, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Processing payload considerations for wideband satellite systems
S. Linsky, E. Wiswell, J. Freitag, TRW, USA

10:15 - 10:30 - Coffee break

10:30 - Session 14: REGULATORY ISSUES

On a semi-analytical tool to characterize interference between GEO and Non-GEO systems
M. Caron, D. Andean, D.J. Hindson, Communications Research Centre, Canada

Ka-band technology transfer and commercialization efforts in support of the NASA strategic plan
J. Deskevich, P. Caruso, K. L. Perko, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
A. Roytblat, Stanford Telecommunications, USA

Modeling narrowband interference into wideband links at Ka band
M. Kelley, Stanford Telecommunications, USA

Potential impact of WTO basic telecommunications agreement on global Ka-band satellite systems
S.M. Lopatkiewicz, Reed Smith Shaw & McClay, USA

Commercial Ka-band system support for NASA missions
B. Younes, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
S. Chang, M. Burns, L. Harrell, Stanford Telecom, USA

Report on interference studies between an Iridium MSS feeder link and GSO Ka band satellite network
K. Engle, R. Kubik, Motorola Satellite Communications, USA

12:35 - 14:10 - Lunch

14:10 - Session 15: MARKET PERSPECTIVES (1)

Overview of global Ka-band filings
W.L. Morgan, Communications Center, USA

Marketing, regulatory, strategic and technical aspects of Ka-band satellites and networks
J.L. Rose, N. Rudd, Communications Systems, United Kingdom

Business review of the new multimedia satellite systems
R.J. Rusch, TelStra Engineering Consultants, USA

Ka band satellite systems: a new commercial opportunity for telecommunications operators
M. Zilli, P. Binelli, Telecom Italia, Italy

A national KaBand satellite communications system for the United States 11
W.T. Brandon, The MITRE, USA
J.A. Evans,, Air Force Electronic Systems Center, USA

15:55 - 16:10 - Coffee break

16:10 - Session 16: MARKET PERSPECTIVES (2)

EuroSkyWay: market perspectives and business potentials
M. Sforza, Elsacom, Italy

F. Rispoli, Alenia Aerospazio, Italy

The future of satellite communications systems
P. Bargellini, USA

Advanced satellite communications and the European Commission
W. Schroeter, European Commission, Belgium

17:15 - Conference Wrap-up

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