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Event... Stagnation Prevention— A Meeting Of SatMinds

Leonardi da Vinci is credited with stating...

Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation... even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

And that’s why the satellite industry embraces and attends trade exhibitions and seminars, to prevent idea stagnation and to learn about all of the new technologies that can assist and drive business to even greater heights.


One such event is SATCON, which will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York city on October 13th and 14th. The keynote speakers for Wednesday, October 13th, at 9:00 a.m. include:
  • Anthony Bailey, the Vice President of Emerging Technology at ESPN
  • Glenn Oakley, the Vice President of Media Technology, Production and Operations for Discovery Communications, Inc.
  • Alec Shapiro, the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Broadcast and Production Systems, for Sony Electronics Inc.
  • Alan Young, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at SES WORLD SKIES
These speakers will address 3DTV to the Home: Current Advances, Challenges, and the Future, and offer their expertise to attendees regarding the burgeoning 3DTV environs.

On Thursday, October 14th, starting at 9:00 a.m., One-on-One Interviews With Media, Satellite and Government Leaders is the theme to be tackled by the following speakers...
  • David McGlade, the CEO of Intelsat
  • Robert Zitter, the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at HBO
  • A senior official from the US Department of Defense
The moderators for this session will include Warren Ferster, the Editor of Space News, and Harry Jessell, the Editor of TVNewsCheck.com

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear, live, one-on-one interviews of these highly influential experts regarding the role of media, satellite and the government. Their visions, perceptions, highlights, challenges and the future of these environments will be presented to the audience. As far as the conference sessions are concerned, depending upon the track selected, SATCON’s power packed schedule offers...


Fundamentals of Satellite Communications Systems, Part 1, presented by Burt H. Liebowitz, the Principal Network Engineer with MITRE Corporation.

Hosted Payloads: Challenges In Meeting Commercial and Government Needs. The moderator of this information session will be the highly respected Colonel Patrick H. Rayermann, Director, Communications Functional Integration Office, National Security Space Office. The Speakers will include;
Charles Baker, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Satellite & Information Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — Don Brown, Vice President of Business Development and Hosted Payloads, Intelsat General Corporation — Colonel Charles Cynamon, Commander, MILSATCOM Network Integration Group, USAF — and Brig. Gen. Robert “Tip” Osterthaler, (USAF, Ret), President & CEO, SES WORLD SKIES, USG Solutions.

Where Have All The News Feeds Gone? will discuss the move away from satellites and examine new trends and changes. The moderator will be Dick Tauber, the Vice President of Transmission Systems and New Technology at CNN News Group. The speakers will include; Jeff Coneys, Director of Satellite Operations, NBCBrian Kennedy, Director, Digital News Gathering, CBS NEWSChris Myers, Executive Director, Newsgathering Operations, ABC NewsMel Olinsky, Director of Operations, CBS News — and Martin Turner, Head of Operations, BBC Newsgathering.

The State Of The Satellite Industry: A Business and Financial Analysis Roundtable, moderated by Susan Irwin, the President of Euroconsult USA, with speakers; Paul Bush, Vice President, North American Sales, TelesatArnold Friedman, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Space Systems/Loral — and Andreas Georghiou, Chief Executive Officer, Spacenet Inc.

MSS in an IP world: Where Does the Industry Go Now? The moderator will be Tim Farrar, President, Telecom Media and Finance Associates, Inc., President, MSUA, with speakers; Blair Kutrow, Vice President of Marketing, SkyTerra CommunicationsBob Roe, President, SGSI — and John Stoltz, Director, Commercial Sales, GMPCS / NETWORK INNOVATIONS.

Why Media Storage Is Different: What to Consider When Purchasing a Storage System, presented by Geoff Stedman, Sr. VP, Marketing and Business Development, Omneon, Inc.

Collaboration is Key, speaker Joel Ledlow, CEO, ScheduALL.

Future Commercial Satellite Communications Services Acquisition (FCSA) Update will be moderated by Charles Edwards, FCSA Program Manager, PEO-STS, Defense Information Systems Agency. The speakers will include; Tony Bardo, Assistant Vice President, Government Solutions, North American Division, Hughes Network Systems, LLCDaniel Gager, Program Manager, Defense Information Systems Agency — and Kevin Gallo, Program Manager, Future Commercial SATCOM Services Acquisition Integrated Tech., GSA Federal Acquisition Service

A Call To Action: Working Together To Combat Satellite Interference will be moderated by Rich Wolf, Vice President, Telecommunications & Affiliate Services, ABC Television Network. The assemblage of speakers will include; Adam Edwards, President, AEdwards Consulting / SUIRGJonathan Higgins, Managing Director, BeaconSeek Ltd. — Brian Nelles, Senior VP, PSSI Global Services — and Mark Rawlins, Head of Payload Engineering and Operations, Eutelsat.

Commercial vs. MILSAT - Considerations for Information Assurance & Protection will find; Shaum Mittal, Chief, Lead System Engineering Office, Prgrm Exec Office—Satellite, Transport & Services (PEO-STS) Directorate DISAJohn Ratigan, President, iDirect Government Technology — and Abbas Yazdani, President and CEO, ARTEL, Inc., as the speakers.


Changing Cultures and Technologies: Which Is Hardest? (Invitation Only!), with Mr. J. Tracy Allison, Chief, Transformational Communications Engineering, Global Information Grid (GIG) Engineering Directorate, DISA

Fundamentals Of Satellite Communications, with speaker Burt H. Liebowtiz, Principal Network Engineer, MITRE Corp.

From NYC to Haiti: Re-Learning the Disaster Preparedness Lesson, moderated by David Hartshorn, Secretary General, Global VSAT Forum, with speakers; Claire Bailey, Agency Director and Chief Technology Officer, State of Arkansas Department of Information Systems — Chief Charles Dowd, Commanding Officer, Communications Division, NYC Police DepartmentJoe Simmons, Global Program Director, NetHope — and Larry Wentz, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University.

satcon_g2_sm0910 How is IP Technology Affecting Content and Delivery in a Multi-Platform World? John McCoskey, Chief Technology Officer, PBS, will be the moderator and he will host; Gary Carter, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, International Datacasting CorporationCraig Cuttner, SVP, Advanced Technology, HBODon Gabriel, General Manager, Sales, Echostar Satellite ServicesGlenn Reitmeier, Vice President, Technology Standards, Policy and Strategy, NBC Universal, will offer their expertise.

Optimizing Technology Choices for Comms-on-the-Move, with moderator Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, President, Inmarsat Government Services Incorporated, and speakers; Rick Lober, Vice President and General Manager, Defense and Intelligence Systems Division, Hughes Network Systems and Ron Lockerby, Regional Sales Manager, Americas, Thrane & Thrane, Inc.

Meeting Media’s Future Demand for Satellite Capacity, with moderator Robert Bell, Executive Director, Society of Satellite Professionals and World Teleport Association. Joining Robert on the dais will be; Mike Aloisi, VP Technology, Satellite & Affiliate Services, MTV NetworksKeith Hall, President and Chief Operating Officer, Globecomm Systems, Inc. — Tim Jackson, Vice President, Media Product Management, IntelsatScott Sprague, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, SES World Skies — and Brent Stranathan, Vice President, Broadcast Distribution, CBS Television.

Military Challenges in Theater, hosted by Patricia Cooper, President, SIA, with; Bruce Bennett, Director, Program Executive Office—SATCOM, Teleport & services (PEO-STS), DISAByron Browning, CIO G6, US Army — and Lt. Sonia Kendall, Commercial Satellite Communications Program/Asset Manager, United States Coast Guard.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Outlook for New Technologies, Applications and Services will be presented by SIA.

satcon_g3_sm0910 I’m very excited about the 2010 SATCON program. One of the highlights of the conference is certain to be the State of the Industry roundtable panel, which will feature senior executives from the manufacturing, operating and ground segment sectors of the satellite industry, plus Omar Jaffrey, Managing Director of UBS, and one of Wall Street’s most knowledgeable analysts.   This panel will offer key insights into the market and what we can expect for the future of the industrySusan Irwin, President, Euroconsult USA.

For a complete description of each session, head over to satconexpo.com/sessions_byDay.asp#S2399.

Please join the industry experts in New York City for this informative event. For registration details or additional information, visit http://satconexpo.com/register.asp. SatNews Publishers hopes to meet and greet you at SATCON.