SDR in Space Workshop


Thursday, December 2

Workshop Organizers: Dr. R. Scott Erwin & Dr. Jim Lyke, Space Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory

This workshop seeks to gather interested parties from government, industry, and academia to discuss the prospects for and technical challenges associated with deploying software-defined radio technologies on space platforms. The objectives of the workshop are:

  • To provide a forum for discussion of the potential capabilities enabled by and value provided by the incorporation of SDR technologies on space-based platforms;

  • To establish the current state-of-the-art in the incorporation of SDR technologies for space platforms and discuss the technical challenges yet to be overcome;

  • To discuss planned future investments and deployments of SDR technologies on space-platforms for experimental or operational use.

Specific Areas of Interest for this workshop include:

  • Missions for Software-Defined/Cognitive Radios in Space

  • Standards & Protocols for SDR’s in the space environment

  • Digital and High-Speed RF SDR electronics development for space-segment applications

  • Platform and network reconfiguration management for space-based SDR systems

  • Lessons learned and results to date from space-based SDR implementations

08:30-08:40  Introduction to Day 3 and Announcements, John Glossner, Sandbridge Technologies and Conference Chair

08:40 - 09:20  SDR'10 Conference Keynote, Dick Lynch, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Verizon Communications (Bio)

09:20  Coffee Break

09:50 to 11:50 Morning Workshop Session


  • Space SDR and the CoNNeCT Program
    Richard Reinhart, NASA Glenn Research Center

  • Software Defined Payloads - The Challenge Ahead
    Piero Angeletti, European Space Agency

  • Facilitating Third Party Waveform Porting on Spaceborne SDR platforms
    Jerry Brand, Harris Corporation

11:50 to 13:45 Lunch and Product Exhibition

13:45-15:45 Afternoon Workshop Session

Panel Session: Enablers and Impediments for SDR in Space
Chair: R. Scott Erwin


  • Spaceborne SDRs: The key to tactical flexibility and spectral efficiency for space systems
    Christopher Huffine, Naval Research Lab

  • Open Architectures for Space Software-Defined Radios
    John Liebetreu, General Dynamics AIS

16:00-16:30 Conference Keynote, Madan Jagernauth, Vice President, Wireless Marketing and Product Management, Huawei Technologies

16:30-17:10  Conference Keynote, Jörgen Lantto, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Strategy, ST Ericsson, (Bio) (Keynote Abstract)

17:10-18:00 Conference Panel Session, "Comparing FPGA + C Compilers with Multi-Core Technology"

Organizer: Kees Vissers, Xilinx

Moderator: John Glossner, Sandbridge


Jeff Bier, BDTI (balance)

Seungwon Choi, Hanyang Univ (GPUs)

Dave Kelf, Signmatix (programming)

Fanny Mlinarsky, octoScope (test and verification)

Chris Rowen, Tensilica (Multi core)

Kees Vissers, Xilinx (C tools + FPGA + small cores)





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