14:30 - 16:30
This session will explore two of the main activities in the space sector: Navigation and Communication. A huge majority of the population is making use of space applications on a daily basis, just by using their smartphones. Since many years, Europe is developing its own navigation system: GALILEO.
This service will soon be operational and surpass the performances of the commonly known GPS system, opening the door to innovative applications. As concerns satellite communications, they account for the largest share of the space sector with their associated satellite services and applications. This sector drives many innovative applications to which Belgium is largely contributing.
Introduction of the session
Peter Grognard, Managing Director, von Karman Institute
Galileo: a European Programme shaping
the future of GNSS
Xavier Maufroid, Project Manager,
Galileo Integrated Logistics Centre: A real opportunity to develop value-added services
Riccardo Grazi, CEO, Vitrosicet Belgium
Satellite navigation: the challenge of tomorrow's GNSS systems
Olivier Desenfans, Managing Director, M3Systems
Photonics and Inter-Satellite Links
Koen Puimège, Managing Director, Antwerp Space
How New Space and Satellites will play a vital role in the successful roll-out of 5G
Geert Adams, VP of R&D programs & competences, Newtec
16:20 – 16:30
Q&A and Panel discussion
Peter Grognard is Managing Director of the von Karman Institute since beginning of 2018.
He holds an engineering degree in Applied Physics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a Master of Science in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology.
Starting has assistant at VUB (1988-19991) he was then Delegate to the European Space Agency (1992–1994) and Science Advisor at the Embassy of Belgium in Washington (1994-1998). For 14 years Peter Grognard was CEO of Septentrio, which he founded in 2000 as a spin-off company following an 18-month stay at IMEC. Since November 2014, he was managing director at Thales Alenia Space (TAS) and senior strategic advisor since July 2017.
Managing Director, von Karman Institute
Xavier Maufroid graduated in electrical engineering from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and holds master in space engineering from ISAE (France). He started his career as a telecommunications engineer in Thales Belgium. From 2002 to 2006 he worked at the European Space Agency on satellite telecom R&D projects. He then joined Newtec as a project manager for the deployment of IP networks over satellite. Since 2008, he has been working within the Galileo Programme Directorate of the European Commission where he supervises the procurement of the Galileo satellites.
Project Manager, European Commission
Ricardo Grazi has been sole administrator of Vitrociset France since 1996 and Vitrociset Belgium since 2008. He is now the President and CEO of Vitrociset Belgium.
In 1977 he joined Vitrociset, where he initially worked as System Engineer. Since 1982, he has operated in Vitrociset space sector, holding a variety of increasingly responsible positions, ranging from technical to commercial roles, culminating to Director of the Space Strategic Business Area (ASA Spazio). Over the years, he served as Managing Director of LAREP, and as Member of the Board of Directors at Ciset International and at e-Geos.
CEO, Vitrosicet Belgium
Olivier Desenfans graduated in mechanical engineering from the « Université catholique de Louvain » (UCL, Belgium) in 2004. He is specialized in aeronautical engineering. He has joined M3 Systems in 2010 as R&D project engineer. He spent a couple of years as coordinator of European-level projects aiming at the development of innovative applications based on GALILEO, leading multi-disciplinary / multi-cultural teams of engineers. He then became R&D program manager and more recently managing director of M3 Systems Belgium.
Managing Director, M3Systems
Koen Puimège has been working in the space industry for more than 22 years, holding positions in engineering, project management, operations management and business development before he became the managing director of Antwerp Space. With a background in electronics and business administration he has been involved in many space missions and lead several multi-disciplinary engineering teams carrying out developments of high technical complexity.
Managing Director, Antwerp Space
Geert Adams holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Ghent, Belgium and a postgraduate in business management from the Catholic University of Leuven. He started his career at Alcatel Bell, as a design engineer involved with the R&D of ATM networks, later he joined KPN Belgium (former Unisource Belgium) where as sales engineer manager his responsibilities covered network designs for Voice, Data and Internet Services for large customers. From 2001, he joined Newtec taking up the program management of Newtec’s 2 Way-Sat DVB-RCS system; currently he is VP of R&D programs & competences within Newtec.
VP of R&D programs & competences, Newtec