Plenaries Questions & Answers
Exploration/Human Spaceflight - Future Visions for
Space Science, Robotics and Human Spaceflight
Plenary topics:
The operational challenges for the next decade of ISS operations: maintenance after the shuttle retirement, transportation after the shuttle retirement optimizing operations and reducing costs;
Visions to the end of our solar system: what has been achieved so far, what are the future plans of the different partners the “big science” projects (solar, planetary, astronomy); Robotics as a “stepping stone” for exploration
Chaired by:
Manfred Warhaut
ESA’s Head of the Mission Operations Department and deputy Head of Establishment at ESOC
Bill Gerstenmaier
Associate Administrator for Human Exploration
and Operation Directorate, NASA, USA
Seiichi Ueno
Director Human Space Systems Directorate’s program management and integration department, JAXA, Japan
Christer Fuglesang
Swedish Astronaut,
European Space Agency
Pierre Jean
Head of the ISS program,
Canadian Space Agency, Canada




Earth Observation Plenary
Changing Paradigms in Earth Observations
Plenary topics:
New players and new concepts in earth observation are entering a technical domain so far managed by large space agencies. Public demand and internet based access mechanisms are also driving mission operations and data distribution concepts. The plenary will highlight key developments in this domain, comparing these with heritage approaches.
Chaired by:
Gunter Schreier
Head of Business Development at the German Remote Sensing Data Center of DLR
and coordinator for GMES projects
Mikael Rattenborg
Director of Operations EUMETSAT, Germany
Bernard Cabrières
Head of Space Operations Department in CNES Toulouse, France
Ed Parsons
Google Earth, UK
Paul Stephens
Director of Sales and Marketing DMC, UK
Communication/Navigation - Information Assurance
for commercial, civil and military satellite operators
Plenary topics:
There is a clear trend in increased focus on information assurance among all satellite operators, although the reasons for their focus may vary. Commercial and civil earth observation satellite operators worry about their urgent near-real-time data coming back to the users in time - and that all users are legitimate. Navigation satellite operators, as well as communication satellite operators, worry about interference that might disturb the quality of the signal from their satellites. Military operators are worried about received data and data about their satellites end up in the wrong hands, and about communication links being a way into their facility for hackers.
Chaired by:
Norbert Frischauf
Partner leading SatCom and SatNav activities
SpaceTec Partners, Germany
Philip E. Liebrecht
Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator
and Deputy Program Manager for
Space Communications & Navigation
Marco Lisi
System & Operations Procurement Manager, Directorate Galileo Programme and Navigation Related Activities, ESA, The Netherlands
Michael Hamel
Senior Vice President of
Strategy and Development,
Orbital Sciences, Dulles, USA
Mohannad Elnour Ahmed
Satellite Control Section Head
Arabsat, Saudi Arabia
Jean-Luis Valero
Responsible of SSA activities
Capability Development division,
European Union Satellite Centre
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