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Aim of the workshop

A number of major service providers have recently launched, or will soon be offering, Ka-Band communications via satellite.  These providers are putting forward Ka-Band to replace Ku-Band as the new preferred band for mobile satellite communications.  Ka-Band is much less crowded than Ku-Band and higher data rates are promised at a much lower price per bit using smaller ground terminals.  There are, however, design trade-offs as Ka-Band systems are more susceptible to weather conditions, terminal alignment is more of a challenge and high precision hardware is required. 
Focusing on communications to mobile and portable terminals, this workshop will discuss both the benefits and shortcomings of Ka-Band to help the system designer and user understand whether it is the best solution for his or her application.



Who should attend?

The workshop is aimed at everyone who is involved in the design, specification, procurement, installation or use of mobile satcom systems.  Delegates will gain a broad understanding of all aspects of mobile Ka-Band satcom antenna system and terminal hardware design and be much better placed to understand the design trade-offs.  This will help them to make informed decisions regarding the selection of operating band and to understand what real world performance can be expected from such systems.


About Workshop leader

Martin Shelley is a Bid Manager in the Antenna & Electronic Systems Business Unit at Cobham Technical Services. He is responsible for the development of antennas for satellite communications on the move. His expertise covers an extensive range of technologies including most types of arrays, reflectors and low gain antennas, together with printed and wavelength power dividers. These skills have been applied to applications including spacecraft payloads, military systems & commercial wireless access systems.
Cobham is an international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defence technology and systems.
Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 75 years, keeping people safe, improving communications, and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms.
The Company has three divisions employing more than 11,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in more than 100 countries and annual revenue of some £1.9bn / US$3 billion.
Cobham’s tagline “The most important thing we build is trust” is reflected in the Company’s development – leveraging innovative technologies with exceptionally talented people. www.cobham.com

Workshop programme

12:30 Registration & Coffee

13:00 Ka-Band Satellites

13:30 The Ka-Band Satellite Link

14:00 The economics of Ka-Band

14:30 Afternoon Tea

14:50 Services and Applications

15:20 Ka-Band Terminals

15:50 Ka-Band Technology Challenges

16:20 Conclusions - Benefits and shortcomings

17:00 Close of Workshop


Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Harrington Gardens
London SW7 4LH
United Kingdom

Millennium Gloucester Hotel



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