Topic 3

Out of this world technologies

 7 October 2020 16:30 - 19:00 CET

Out of this world technologies

From satellites, to launchers, space stations, telecommunications, and science instruments: the space sector is full of innovative and state-of-the-art technologies that need engineers and graduates with technological backgrounds. Topic 3 will show you some of these technologies that Belgian companies are developing.

​•   To Jupiter and Back Again
The Challenges of Communication at a distance of 900 Million kilometers
•   Radiation in space
How to build stuff that can handle it
•   Satellites, the technology of the future
What can a satellite do for Earth?


How to build stuff that can handle it?

Michel Mélotte

Instrument Manager Earth Observation Satellites, ESA

Michel Mélotte received his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in 1981. He started khis carrier as analog ASIC design leader in Thales Alenia Space Belgium (formerly ACEC). In 1992, he joined the hybrid design team for space applications of TAS-B (formerly Alcatel Space ETCA). In 1993, he started giving support in radiation effects to the on-board equipment design teams. Michel is now full time space radiation expert for Thales Alenia Space in Belgium.

To Jupiter and Back Again: The Challenges of Communication at a Distance of 900 Million Kilometers

Mattias Genbrugge

Project Manager

Mattias Genbrugge is an Engineering Project Manager responsible for the Communication Subsystem of the JUICE Spacecraft (Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer). JUICE is the first large-class mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 program and planned for launch in 2022.

Getting Humans back to the Moon: About Building Satellites and Critical Systems to Return to the Moon


Stijn Ilsen

Project Manager and Spacecraft Operations System Engineer 

Stijn Ilsen graduated as Master of Science in aerospace engineering (2004). He did his master thesis at the European Space Agency, after which he joined Airbus to work on the European space telescope Herschel, throughout testing in Europe and the launch in Kourou. Since >10 years, Stijn is working at QinetiQ Space, in Kruibeke, where he is a Project Manager working on the Belgian PROBA satellites. He also wrote a children’s book about space, titled: Reis naar de sterren.

A fully Interconnected Space and World: Multi Orbit Satellite Networks Enabling 5G Services

Dimitrios Christopoulos

Research. Eng. / Ph.D.

Dimitrios Christopoulos was born in Athens, Greece, in 1986. He received the Diploma degree in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Athens, Greece, in 2010 and the Ph.D. diploma from the Interdisciplinary Center for Security and Trust, (SnT), University of Luxembourg, in 2014. His Ph.D. thesis is entitled  “Multibeam joint Processing in Satellite Communications”. Since 2010, he has collaborated with key partners in the space communications industry (ESA, SES, Airbus to name a few) in the fields of multiuser multiantenna space communications. Since 2016, Dr. Christopoulos joined the Technology Labs of Newtec, BE as a research engineer, involved with the design and implementation of state-of-the-art signal processing algorithms for the ground segment of next generation satellite communications systems. Since 2020, he is part of the New Technology Programs team of STEngineering iDirect (Europe), responsible for forward looking new space communication systems.


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