Discussion will include the main elements of a LEO commlink, including antenna, amplifier and modem. The business case of Ku/Ka band LEO terminals creates challenges for manufacturers of the products that comprise a terminal. Where GSO satellite systems have the advantage of “coverage stability” on the earth, NGSO terminals need to be “smart”, as they’re constantly handing off communication between the many satellites in the constellation. LEO Terminals need sophisticated antenna systems – comparable to the beamforming antennas used for terrestrial 5G, that can track 2 LEO satellites simultaneously.
Minya Gavrilovic
President & CTO, Galtronics USA Inc.
Minya Gavrilovic (B.Eng, Ph.D.) is President & CTO for Galtronics USA Inc., an antenna supplier in a variety of wireless segments, from 5G applications in telecom to Wi-Fi 6E in home networking. Galtronics is a world leader in the most advanced antenna designs, which includes antenna array designs for multibeam and beam steering applications. Minya is responsible for not only the P&L of the company, but the overall direction of technology development. Prior to joining Galtronics in 2017, Minya was in various executive, engineering management and senior engineering roles in the telecom and space (satellite communication) industries.
Colin Mackay
Director of Engineering, TXMission
Colin Mackay (B.Sc. Hons, M.Sc.) is Director of Engineering for TXMISSION, a New Space company that is reinventing SmallSat communications through its advanced software defined radios and network management systems. Colin is responsible for product definition, software development and project management. Prior to joining TXMission, Colin was Vice President of Engineering for the satellite modem division of Teledyne Paradise Datacom, which he joined in 2003. He has overseen many industry firsts, including the first TCP/IP satellite modem and the first ‘software defined’ satellite modem.
Tony Radford
VP Global Sales, Advantech Technologies
Tony Radford, Vice President Global Sales for Advantech Wireless Technologies, has served the Satellite Communications Industry for over 40 years in a variety of technical and sales-related roles for brands that include Scientific Atlanta, STM Wireless, Vertex-RSI, Paradise Datacom, Teledyne Technologies and Advantech Wireless Technologies. Tony is currently responsible for managing a global sales team and Marketing. Prior roles included Project Engineering, Applications Engineering, Field Engineering (earth station installation & commissioning), Sales, Marketing and sales management.
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Jeffrey Hill
Executive Editor, Via Satellite
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