Overview of Recent Developments in Satellite Communications 🗓

— a “bird’s eye view”

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IEEE Buenaventura Section
Meeting Date: November 21, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM Networking & Food; 7:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Fernando Nocedal of L3Harris
Location: Westlake Village
Cost: none
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Satellites have played a key role in the communication and information arenas for many decades now. Applications include basic long distance communications, broadcasting, navigation, remote sensing, earth observation, national security and worldwide expansion of the internet. New developments in the applications of satellites promise significant improvements in the quality of life for many people and, of course, some of these developments also involve risks and potential harm.

This presentation will present a “bird’s eye view” of some of the current developments in satellite communications. We will touch upon several aspects of this field, as seen from a user’s perspective, such as: the upcoming large LEO (low earth orbit) constellations; HTS-GEOs (high throughput satellites in geostationary orbits); the efforts of globalization of internet access; the upcoming WRC-19; challenges in the design of ground system; and the risks and hazards of the overcrowding of space.

Fernando Nocedal is a Principal Systems Engineer at L3Harris in Simi Valley CA. He has been in the satcom industry since the early 80’s. He has served different roles in the industry: R&D, Operations, International Business Development, Engineering and also as an Entrepreneur. His research interests are in satcom networks, modulation techniques, interference analysis and optimization of satellite capacity. Nocedal received his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in E.E. from Stanford University and taught satellite communications courses at U.C. Berkeley extension for many years. He is a senior member of the IEEE.