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Space Forum 2020: Understanding the data revolution

A new edition of Space Forum, the international space related topics conference, will be organized on September 15th and 16th, at the ECCL (European Convention Center Luxembourg), in the heart of Luxembourg City’s business center. Tens of local and international speakers will share their expertise, best practices and insights, through a series of conferences, dealing notably with 5G satellite technology, Maritime and space trends, big data, cybersecurity and much more.

Satellite & next level applications: the advent of 5G

The 2020 edition of Space Forum will officially be opened by Jean-Jacques Dordain, Spaceressources.lu advisor and former General Manager of ESA. With 5G currently being developed in major cities, worldwide, international experts will discuss this emerging technology and its advantages. They will therefore explain concretely how Space and satellites actually made it possible for 5G to redefine the telecom industry. With the participation of Antonio Franchi (Head of Future Programmes Acquisition, part of the Telecommunications & Integrated Applications Directorate, European Space Agency), Sébastien Denis (Advisor Services Director, CGI), Prof. Symeon Chatzinotas (Chief Scientist and Co-Head of the SIGCOM Research Group).


Open access to Space: a new competition

As the first international Space conference Post Covid-19, Space Forum aims at developing international connections. The democratization of Space has led tech companies to invest in startups and develop their own products and services. To discuss such topics, the organizers will notably welcome Matt Desch (CEO, Iridium Communications) who will focus on “the only 100% global wireless satellite network coming to you from 780km above you”, as well as Claw Mowry, VP of Blue Origin, which was founded back in 2000 by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.


From Space to Air and Maritime technologies

Space technologies are extremely relevant to the maritime industry and have been serving it for more than three decades. Through enhanced navigation accuracy, marine environmental monitoring and maritime surveillance, satellite technology is becoming increasingly important for a wide range of maritime activities. Current and future activities will be discussed, as well as the latest trends of the sector, through keynote speeches and round table discussion featuring Holger Klindt (Executive Advisor, German Society for Maritime Technology), John Lusk (VP & General Manager, Global Data Services, Spire), James Zheng (VP of International business, SpaceTy), Fabien Jordan (Founder & CEO, Astrocast) and Alexandre Tisserant (CEO, Kineis)


Securing Space activities

Cybersecurity will be the first topic tackled on the second day of Space Forum 2020. Joel Scalan (Associate Professor, Department of Maritime Studies, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)), General Robert Mazzolin (Chief Cyber Security Strategist, RHEA Group) and Yue Yuan (Space Policy Researcher, China Foreign Affairs University), among others, will take the stage and share their best practices when it comes to securing space activities. Sustainability and the fight against Covid-19 through space applications will also be discussed during this inspiring session.


Big Data & Space services

Big data, sometimes described as the oil of the 21st century, is necessarily linked to satellites and space services. How exactly? What are the latest applications and most innovative solutions available in the market? To answer to these key questions and to raise many more, the organizers will welcomes several key local and international experts, namely David Henri (CEO, Exotrail), Aila Raquel (CEO, Alya Nanosatellites Constellation E.O) and Patrick Matgen (Group Leader, Environmental Research & Innovation, LIST).