Plenary 1B

Panel 1B

Challenges of Data Dissemination for Future Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Satellite Systems

The panel will focus on ever growing needs of Earth observation and remote sensing satellite systems to timely and effectively deliver a very high volume of data from multiple satellites under different system constraints.
Panelists from leading industry worldwide will contribute to this panel to discuss the evolution of mission needs, the system architectural and requirements trends, the technology development efforts underway to meet those needs along with insight to their organizations plans to support future earth observation and remote sensing satellite systems.

Salvatore D’Addio, Head of RF Payload Engineering and Digital Equipment Section, ESA, The Netherlands

  • Pierluigi Silvestrin, Senior Advisor to the Director of Earth Observation, ESA, The Netherlands
  • Julian Bozler, Airbus Defence and Space, Germany
  • Hampton Chan, MAXAR, USA
  • Aaron Kaulfus, NASA, USA
  • Rob Singh, CTO, Spacelink, USA
  • Diego Calabrese, Thales Alenia Space, Italy

Salvatore D’AddioSalvatore D’Addio, since 2018 is the Head of the RF payload Engineering section of the European Space Agency, addressing the research, design, development and testing of telecommunication payloads and sub-systems, microwave and millimeter wave remote sensing instruments, and navigation payloads exploiting analogue, digital and optical on-board technologies. His interests cover technology developments as well as advanced on-board signal processing of payloads based on active and phased array antennas and high-speed digital signal processing.
Previously, among others, in the period 2013-2018, he has been principal instrument engineer of the Microwave Imager radiometer (MWI) within the MetOp-SG program, managing technology pre-developments and the overall activities for instrument design, development and testing. He also worked on design and development of optoelectronics sensors as well as on RF characterization and testing of 3G mobile terminals.

Pier Luigi Silvestrin Pier Luigi Silvestrin, is Senior Advisor to the Director of Earth Observation (EO) at the European Space Agency (ESA) since May 2022. Previously, he led its EO Future Systems Department (from 2017), the EO Future Missions Division (from 2006) and the EO Mission and System Studies Section (from 2000). He contributed to defining EO missions, instruments and architectures. for over 30 years, including Earth Explorers ESA missions, the Copernicus Sentinel missions, and several meteorological missions for Eumetsat, with original contributions successfully deployed in orbit, for instance in the areas of atmospheric sounding and gravity field mapping. In 1987 he joined the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwjik (NL), to work on control systems of ESA scientific satellites, becoming responsible for studies of space systems and supporting technologies for EO missions from 1990.  

Julian Bozler Julian Bozler, Airbus Defence and Space, Germany, studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Architectures at the University of Stuttgart. He started his career at Airbus as FPGA development engineer in 2010 for mass memory units. Later he was responsible for test and verification of the unit, as well as for system engineering in various projects. 2015 he moved to the Prime, being responsible for the OnBoard Computer, the DataHandling and later the complete Electrical System of the Airbus Platform Product Line, called Astrobus. Nowadays he is Electrical System Engineer in phase 0/A/B1 studies and phase B2/C/D proposals and project managers for studies of several electrical disciplines. He has been appointed as the Airbus Data-Handling Expert and recently as the TeamLeader for DataHandling, Power and Interfaces for the Airbus Electrical System in Germany.  

Rabindra (Rob) Singh Rabindra (Rob) Singh, SpaceLink, USA, as CTO at SpaceLink, Rob provides executive leadership in implementing the company’s technology strategy and vision. He leads a multi-disciplined team with expertise in leveraging innovation for the development and implementation of an end-to-end space communications system. Under his leadership, SpaceLink is developing an end-to-end transport relay solution leveraging innovation in software defined relay satellite constellation in MEO, ground network with RF V/Q band gateways, client optical user terminals, and cloud-based network management data distribution systems. Rob was previously VP of Strategy Initiatives and Chief Architect at Maxar Technologies, where he developed business strategy and technology roadmaps for disruptive solutions across the communication and earth imaging domains. He holds bachelors and masters engineering degrees from the University of Waterloo, Canada and a Corporate Innovation Certificate from Stanford University Graduate School.  

Diego Calabrese Diego Calabrese, Thales Alenia Space, Italy, over the past 20 years at Thales Alenia Space he has held various positions in the Engineering Domain, such as performance responsible of the MARSIS sounder, COSMO-SkyMed Calibration/Validation project manager & image quality responsible and COSMO Second Generation Chief Engineer. He is currently the head of the Observation System department. He is the author and coauthor of several papers both on referred journals and on proceedings of international conferences. His main research interests include microwave remote sensing, SAR signal processing and modeling, SAR observation techniques. He has been awarded with ten international awards, such as: 7 Thales Company Innovation Awards, 2 "Excellent Paper Award" (IGARSS 2007 and APSAR 2015) and NASA Space Act Award ("For the development of a significant scientific or technical contribution, entitled MARSIS Sounder Instrument NPO-45819-1, which has been determined to be of value in conducting a NASA aeronautical or space business"). In 2014 he was appointed as Thales Alenia Space Expert in “Observation Techniques and Algorithms”. He is the author of more than 30 patents.  

Aaron Kaulfus Aaron Kaulfus is a Research Physical Scientist at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) where he focuses on Earth Science data system development and applications. Dr. Kaulfus currently oversee the data management for NASA’s Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition (CSDA) Program as well as contributes to data system development and machine learning activities within the Interagency Implementation and Advanced Concepts Team (IMPACT). Dr. Kaulfus graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Meteorology and received his M.S. and PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  

Hampton Chan Hampton Chan is Vice President of Mission Engineering at Maxar Technologies. He is based in Palo Alto, California, United States and has been in the satellite industry for 30+ years with the last 27 years at Maxar. In his current role, he is responsible for Maxar’s Mission Engineering and Advanced Systems group with a focus on GEO Comm Mission and Strategic IRAD projects. Throughout his tenure at Maxar, Mr. Chan has served in several roles including Vice President of Payload Systems, Chief Architect, and Lead Payload Engineer. Mr. Chan has led team in the development and delivery of more than 30 communications satellite since the mid 1990’s and has a deep understanding of communications satellite technologies, customer requirements, and market dynamics. Mr. Chan holds a MSEE degree from Stanford University and a BSEE degree from the University of Hawaii.