Downstream applications in focus at space and satellite show

2011 forum launched in Abu Dhabi, event to focus on technological advances and innovative applications which could stimulate economic activity across MENA region

Far reaching development of satellite technology, which is benefiting industries from climate and weather forecasting to security, banking and healthcare, is now rapidly clearing the way for innovation in downstream applications. This could potentially connect isolated communities across the MENA region stimulating economic activity and creating high-tech jobs.

"This sector is niche and yet it touches all of us in one way or another. The broader commercial opportunities are limitless especially with a myriad of new and upgraded downstream applications now coming on to the market," said Nick Webb, Director, Streamline Marketing Group, organisers of the Global Space and Satellite Forum (GSSF) 2011.

Now in its third year, GSSF, which takes place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on 9-11 May, has a new format for 2011. The overall conference programme will address issues ranging from life-saving developments in disaster management to the delivery of entertainment media via handheld consumer devices, bringing together senior industry figures and government officials.

During the common sessions on the first morning and the final session on day two, international and regional experts will examine key industry issues, the latest trends in launch services and the ever present space risks and mitigation. In between the common sessions the forum splits into joint or parallel sessions which run concurrently, entitled SpaceTECH and AdvancedSATCOM.

SpaceTECH will examine how public and private users are exploiting data from earth observation and how satellite technologies are coming together to deliver new opportunities. It will also outline the challenges facing remote-sensing and specialist value-adding companies as well as the environmental parameters required.

"The global market for high-resolution land imaging and related value-added services is projected to exceed $5 billion by 2013. In an attempt to capitalise on this, government and commercial satellites are competing to provide data to an array of users, making receivers smaller, more efficient and more affordable," added Webb.

AdvancedSATCOM will focus on the growing numbers and increasing range of services and applications for consumers and companies alike. Through satellite-based telecommunications development, service providers and end-users are creating state-of-the-art products and advanced services benefiting from the increased capacity and throughput, better frequency coordination and extended reach.

"Broadcast, VSAT, satellite broadband and other satellite-based services are becoming even more relevant to the MENA region. Local and national governments have picked up on the need to complement terrestrial communications infrastructure with satellite systems," commented Ulrich Kiebler, SES-ASTRA, Abu Dhabi.

"Connecting especially isolated areas via satellite can stimulate local economies, help to create jobs and further improve living standards. Advances in technology also means national satellite systems bring important jobs and know-how to the region," added Kiebler.

Particular attention will be paid to the issues pertinent to customers and end-users including their requirement assessments. Operational and performance audits, satellite selection and network rollout tactics will also be under review.

To date GSSF has already attracted some of the biggest names in the industry, such as UAE Space Reconnaissance Centre, Emirates Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, which have all confirmed their support.

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About The Global Space and Satellite Forum (GSSF) 2011:

GSSF is now in its third year and is the only event in the region dedicated to the discussion of commercial opportunities surrounding space and satellite development. The event is supported by the following companies and associations: EISAT; TRA; Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi; UAE Space Reconnaissance Centre, ispris, Society of Engineers and the International Space University.

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