IEEE Benelux COM/VT Jt. Chapter


Event 20110504

Workshop on Trends in Satellite Communication Technologies

IEEE Benelux Joint Chapter on Communications and Vehicular Technology
workshop on

“Trends in Satellite Communication Technologies”

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
European Space Agency, ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, Noordwijk, The Netherlands


It is our pleasure to invite you to the workshop on “Trends in Satellite Communication Technologies”, organized by the IEEE Benelux Joint Chapter on Communications and Vehicular Technology.

Satellite communication is a niche market, both in commercial and scientific circles. Nevertheless, it has strong representation in the Benelux industry and research institutes.

The workshop is aimed at presenting and discussing the latest scientific and technical advances in satellite communications. The event consists of invited talks and a laboratory visit to the Space Research and Technology Center (European Space Agency).


The workshop is co-organized by the European Space Agency (The Netherlands),
SES Astra (Luxembourg) and Newtec (Belgium).

Workshop program

9:45 – 10:00 Arrival and Welcome
10:00 – 10:30 Opening and keynote Speech by ESA
10:30 – 11:00 Satellite communications: channel modelling for future earth-observation data downlinks,
Danielle Vanhoenacker-Janvier, ICTEAM institute, UCL.
11:00 – 11:30 Coding for cooperative communications,
Dieter Duyck, DIGCOM, Ghent university.
11:30 – 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 – 12:15 Multi-Spot Beam Satellite Systems, technologies and Trends,
Joel Grotz, SES Astra, Nader Alagha, ESA
12:15 – 12:45 Beam Forming techniques,
Alessandro Vanelli-Coralli, Univ. of Bologna
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 15:15 ESTEC Lab Visit
15:15 – 15:45 Mobile Satellite Communication Systems,
Ana Bolea Alamanac, ESA
15:45 – 16:15 Interference Mitigation Techniques,
Gennaro Gallinaro, Space Engineering
16:15 – 16:45 Ground Segment Technologies and Trends,
Frederik Simoens, Newtec
16:45 – 17:00 Closing


The workshop is free-of-charge, but registration is mandatory. Please register before Monday 2nd of May 2011, 4:00 PM by sending an e-mail to including:

  1. full name
  2. affiliation and full address
  3. contact phone number

A reply email including practical arrangements will be sent to confirm the registration.


The workshop will be held at the Space Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency (ESA/ESTEC).
Keplerlaan 1
2201 AZ, Noordwijk (The Netherlands)

General telephone number:
Phone: +31 71 565 6565
Fax: +31 71 565 6040


By car
From Den Haag (The Hague): take the A4 (direction Amsterdam) and exit at “Leiden”. Follow the N206 towards Katwijk and Haarlem. Take the exit “Katwijk Noord”. From there follow signs to “ESTEC” (small white squares).

From Amsterdam: take the A4 (direction Den Haag-Rotterdam) then at the junction follow the A44. Take the exit “Noordwijk-Voorhout”, continue to Noordwijk and from there, follow signs to “ESTEC”.

The following site provides a planner for your route to ESTEC from any place in Europe. Please use the following address details:
Address: Keplerlaan 1
Postal Code: 2201 AZ
City: Noordwijk ZH

By train
Please note that the nearest railway station to ESTEC is Leiden Centraal. From Leiden Centraal station, take the number 33 bus to Katwijk. The bus stops in front of the ESTEC entrance gate. Please note that this bus leaves twice an hour during peak periods and only once an hour during normal hours. Journey time is approx. 30 minutes.