Globally, the need for fast, secure and ubiquitous network connectivity is advancing inexorably. Data networks such as the internet are now largely based on infrastructure on the ground which cannot be expanded arbitrarily for legal, economic or logistical reasons. The future, therefore, calls for an expansion of the existing network infrastructure into air and space.
Explore how laser communications is the technology which will enable global connectivity. Topics covered in the Laser Communications in Space: Enabling Global Connectivity webinar will include:

*The role of laser communications to enable space-based Internet
*Advantages of laser communications technology for interoperability among satellites in mega constellations
*Trends in satellite constellations
*Technical challenges of space-based laser communications and how to overcome them
Jeffrey Hill
Executive Editor, Via Satellite
Joachim Horwath
Chief Technology Officer, Mynaric
Joachim Horwath is a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Mynaric.
Joachim has been serving as a Managing Director and Chief Technical Officer of Mynaric since Mynaric’s founding in 2009 and was re-appointed a member of the management board in 2021, having also served as member of the management board from 2017 to 2019.
After a research stay at Siemens optical networks for his thesis in 2000 (on simulation of optical fiber amplifiers) and studying atmospheric impacts on optical-free-space communications with the research group OptiKom at the technical University Graz, he joined, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Communications in 2002 as a scientist.
During his time at the DLR, he focused on numerical simulations of atmospheric index-of refraction turbulence effects and helped to overcome limitations of wireless laser communication. As a project manager he led many national and international projects on space to ground optical communications and space system verification.
Joachim started optical terminal development at the DLR and successfully demonstrated optical communications on a stratospheric balloon in 2005 for the first time (project STROPEX) and on aircraft in 2008 (project ARGOS). He has also been awarded the Erwin Schrödinger Preis in 2015 for his contributions to Quantum Cryptography.
Tina Ghataore
Chief Commercial Officer, Mynaric
Tina Ghataore serves as the Chief Commercial Officer of Mynaric and as the President of the company’s subsidiary, Mynaric USA. In this dual role, she leads the efforts to position Mynaric as the preferred laser communication provider for aerospace applications for both government and commercial markets. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the aerospace/aviation and telecom industries.
In 2022, Tina's contribution to the aerospace industry was recognized by both the public and industry peers alike when she was voted Via Satellite's "Satellite Executive of the Year", accepting her award in front of a select audience at the industry's leading annual conference 'Satellite 2022'.
Prior to joining Mynaric, she was the Executive Vice President of Inflight Connectivity Solutions at Yahsat, a leading UAE Satellite Operator, where she was responsible for the overall strategy and execution of enabling the organization to launch into the Mobility Satcom Services business. In 2007, she founded The EKKAM Group, a strategic management consulting firm focused on serving clients in the aerospace/aviation and telecom industries. Key clients included Airbus, Panasonic and Thales.
Tina held multiple leadership roles at Panasonic Avionics Corporation, where she was instrumental in efforts to launch the Panasonics Global Communications Services business, currently serving over 80+ airlines globally. She was also charged to establish the strategy and grow the software, applications and media business, serving the In-Flight Entertainment and Communications industry.
Tina began her career at The Boeing Company’s Satellite Systems business unit. She was integral to the building and launch of Connexion by Boeing (CBB) business, the first-of-its-kind true broadband communications services for commercial airlines. As part of the business development organization, she participated in the early pursuits of the Teledesic (LEO) and Ellipso (MEO) satellite programs. She was also a key member of the due diligence team efforts, resulting in the acquisition of Hughes Space and Communications.
Tina received her Bachelor of Honors Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Kingston University in the U.K. She is also a graduate of the International Space University.
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