New "Proceedings of the IEEE" Presents Comprehensive 21st Century Review of Aerospace Communications

Cites Critical Future Role for Emergency Rescue Applications; ID's Satellite as Key to Next Generation TV Services; New Broadband Frontier

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Piscataway, NJ – January 16, 2012 – When disasters strike, aerospace communication will be the “go-to technology” to facilitate long-range connectivity, enable rapid response to emergency needs and let survivors communicate with the external world. This is just one of a plethora of critical future roles for Aerospace (Satellite) Communications described in 13 articles in the recent special issue of Proceedings of the IEEE on “Aerospace Communications and Networking,” which covers the history, current trends as well as the future in the next two decades. Proceedings of the IEEE is the world’s most highly-cited general-interest journal in electrical engineering and computer science.

“Aerospace Communications have been addressed in issues of Proceedings of the IEEE in every decade since the 1970’s, shortly after the start of the satellite age,” explains Claudio Sacchi, Senior Member of IEEE and one of several guest editors of this issue. “This issue, however, takes a longer range look at the technology and addresses many important forecasts for the future of this technology.”

According to the article, “Aerospace Communications for Emergency Applications,” disasters like Tsunamis in Indonesia (2004) and Japan (2011), Hurricane Katrina along the U.S. Gulf Coast (2005) and earthquakes in Italy (2009), Haiti (2010) and Chile (2010) underscore the urgent necessity to immediately restore a minimal level of connectivity. This is done by the integration of the aerospace segment with terrestrial backbones and ad hoc terrestrial networks for both data connections and assisted localization. Authors Matteo Berioli, Antonella Molinaro and Simone Morosi, Members IEEE, and Sandro Scalise, Senior Member of IEEE, make a strong case that whether a disaster is natural or manmade (massive terrorist attacks belong to this last category), terrestrial wireless and wired network infrastructures could be severely damaged and become completely unusable. In such scenarios, communication satellites and high altitude platforms (HAPs) can be the emergency backbone of choice for long-range connectivity.

Satellites are going to have to play a key component in next-generation TV services, “to provide the breadth of entertainment and information choices consumers will demand,” predicts the article “The Future of Satellite TV: The Wide Range of Applications of the DVB-S2 Standard and Perspectives.” Authors Vittoria Mignone, María Ángeles Vázquez-Castro and Thomas Stockhammer, Senior Members IEEE, discuss many perspectives of digital TV and HDTV broadcasting and ongoing and future standardization activities as well as satellite hybrid and Internet Protocol TV. According to the authors, “Standardization will provide the bridge for mass market adoption and new standardization efforts are expected and will be necessary to fulfill the daily rising user demands and expectations. Satellite distribution is looking into a bright future as quality will matter more and more in emerging TV services.”

Satellites are also spotlighted as the new broadband frontier in a paper by Ernestina Cianca, Member IEEE, Tommaso Rossi, Asher Yahalom, Yosef Pinhasi, John Farserotu and Claudio Sacchi, Senior Members IEEE. Not only is the current state of research and technology in EHF satellite communications discussed but the authors also review related future perspectives on applications and services. Entitled “EHF for Satellite Communications: The New Broadband Frontier,” the paper makes a strong case for the potential advantages from the transmission of satellite data in the millimeter-wave domain that have been known for years and also acknowledges that, as usual, the passage from theoretical appraisement to technological development is not so straightforward.

For those seeking to brush up on satellite history, the first paper in the issue “1945-2010: 65 Years of Satellite History from Early Visions to Latest Missions” by B.G. Evans, P.T. Thompson, G.E. Corazza, A. Vanelli-Coralli and E.A. Candreva provides a comprehensive history of satellite communications and broadcasting along with a picture of the future of satellite communications.

Topics and titles of the other papers in this issue are:

  • “Satellite Radio Localization from GPS to GNSS and Beyond: Novel Technologies and Applications for Civil Mass Market” by: Carles Fernandez-Prades, Letizia Lo Presti and Emanuela Falletti.
  • “The Role of High Altitude Platforms (HAPs) in The Global Wireless Connectivity” by: Abbas Mohammed, Asad Mehmood, Fotini-Niovi Pavlidou, and Mihael Mohorcic.
  • “Energy Efficiency and Satellite Networking: A Holistic Overview” by: Faith Alagoz and Gurkan Gur.
  • “Delay- And Disruption-Tolerant Networking (DTN): An Alternative Solution for Future Satellite Networking Applications” by: Carlo Caini, Haitham Cruickshank, Stephen Farrell and Mario Marchese.
  • “Load Balancing and Qos Provisioning Based on Congestion Prediction for GEO/LEO Hybrid Satellite Networks” by: Hiroshi Nishiyama, Daigo Kudoh, Nei Kato and Naoto Kadowaki.
  • “Design of Flower Constellations for Telecommunication Services” by: Daniele Mortari, Mauro De Sanctis and Marco Lucente.
  • “Deep-Space Optical Communications: Future Perspectives and Applications” by: Hamid Hemmati, Abhijit Biswas, and Ivan B. Djordjevic.
  • “Future E-Enabled Aircraft Communications and Security: The Next 20 Years and Beyond” by: Krishna Sampigethaya, Radha Poovendran, Sudhakar Shetty, Terry Davis and Chuck Royalty.
  • “Reliability Options for Data Communications in Future Deep-Space Missions” by: Tommaso De Cola, Enrico Paolini, Gianluigi Liva and Gian Paolo Calzolari.

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