EPIC Meeting on New Space at European Space Agency

12-13 September 2019

Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Hosted at:

European Space Agency

Sponsored by:

Silver  sponsors

PIXAPP Pilot Line
JePPIX Pilot Line
MIRPHAB Pilot Line

Bronze sponsor

OptoSigma (1)
Ligentec2-02_1 (1)

The EPIC Meeting on New Space will bring together a set of companies to cover some of the key priorities for the “New Space” road map. The purpose of the so called “New Space” trend, is to bring to the Space market mature or established technologies that either compete with or complement existing commercial space services.

The ESA priorities to be covered at the EPIC meeting are: new solutions for miniaturized and low cost LIDAR (adapting solutions from automotive market), RADAR (including microwave photonics); new concepts for optical network architectures in space (such as OneWeb); solutions for ultra-low power highly efficient and miniaturized datacom transceivers (using Photonic Integrated Circuits, plasmonics, …); the use of novel cameras and sensors for remote gas analysis as well as environmental monitoring (FTIR, SERS, low light cameras, hyperspectral imaging, …); and last but not least, new concepts for atomic clocks for both timing and navigation, as well as new quantum technologies and applications (quantum teleportation, quantum satellites, QKD, ghost imaging, …).


12 September 2019 Thursday

11:30 Optional departure by the bus transfer from the recommended hotel NH NOORDWIJK CONFERENCE CENTRE LEEUWENHORST to ESA (please gather in the lobby of the hotel)

12:00 – 13:00 Registration & Lunch @ ESA
13:00 – 13:05 Welcoming words by Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium – PDFvideo
13:05 – 13:15 Welcoming words by Torben Henriksen, Director, European Space Agency – PDFvideo

Session 1: Setting up the scene
13:15 – 13:45 KEYNOTE: How to mitigate atmospheric turbulence without adaptive optics
Jean-François Morizur, CEO, Cailabs (FRANCE) – PDFvideo
13:45 – 14:00 Space activities, from photonic components to whole equipments qualification
Jerome Hauden, R&D Team Manger, iXblue (FRANCE) – PDFvideo
14:00 – 14:15 Photonics, COTS and new space: future challenges for radiation qualification
Jochen Kuhnhenn, Head of Nuclear Effects Unit, Fraunhofer INT (GERMANY) – PDF
14:15 – 14:30 Reliability considerations on photonics parts for new space applications
Juan Barbero, Technical Manager, ALTER TECHNOLOGY (SPAIN) – PDF – video
14:30 – 14:45 Transforming space optics by integrating innovative monolithic optical systems
Itai Vishnia, CEO, PLX (USA) – PDFvideo
14:45 – 15:00 Access to intelligent space technologies
Luis José Salazar -Serrano, Optics Payload & Operation Specialist, Aistech Space (SPAIN) – PDFvideo

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

Session 2: LIDAR, LADAR and RADAR for space
15:30 – 16:00 KEYNOTE: Aeolus – 1st wind lidar in space
Thomas Kanitz, Payload Performance Engineer, European Space Agency (THE NETHERLANDS)
16:00 – 16:30 KEYNOTE: Solid-state imaging LIDAR for close proximity navigation in the new generation of medium size satellites
Jordi Riu Gras, CEO, Beamagine (SPAIN)
16:30 – 16:45 LIDAR technology: from automotive to new space
Pierre Chazan, Regional Sales Manager, First Sensor (FRANCE)
16:45 – 17:00 From LIDAR  to optical atomic clocks: building blocks for optical frequency references in space
Hanjo Schaefer, Project Manager, Spacetech (GERMANY)

17:00 – 17:45 Coffee break

Session 3: Free space optical networks: ultra-low power high efficient transceivers and free space comms
17:45 – 18:15 KEYNOTE: Optical communications: ESAs plans for SPACE19+ 
Harald Hauschildt, ARTES ScyLight Programme Manager, European Space Agency (THE NETHERLANDS)
18:15 – 18:30 Sensitive optical receiver for space communication
Peter Andrekson, Professor, Chalmers University (SWEDEN)
18:30 – 18:45 Space grade optoelectronic components for free-space and fibre-optic RF and digital datalinks
Ronald Logan, VP & CTO, Glenair (USA)
18:45 – 19:15 KEYNOTE: Next steps in optical communication in space
Ludovic Blarre, Future Telecom Systems – Optical Communications Manager, Airbus (FRANCE)
19:15 – 19:30 Photonic integrated circuits for optical communication in space
Michael Geiselmann, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Ligentec (SWITZERLAND)

19:40 Departure by the buss transfer from ESA to the dinner place
20:00 – 22:45 Dinner @ Beachpavilion “de Zeemeeuw”
22:50 Departure by the bus transfer from the dinner place to the hotel –  NH NOORDWIJK CONFERENCE CENTRE LEEUWENHORST

13 September 2019 Friday

07:20 – 07:50 Check out of the hotel
08:00 Departure by the bus transfer from the recommended hotel – NH NOORDWIJK CONFERENCE CENTRE LEEUWENHORST  – to ESA (please gather in the lobby of the hotel)
08:30 – 08:55 Morning coffee @ ESA

08:55 – 09:00 Recap and introduction to the 2nd day – Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium

Session 4: Low light cameras and sensors for gas analysis and environmental monitoring
09:00 – 09:15 Multispectral arrays (UV – LWIR) for compact optical space instruments
David Harrison, Business Development Manager, Materion Precision Optics (USA)
09:15 – 09:30 QWIP and T2SL infrared detectors keep all their promises
Eric Costard, CTO, IRnova (SWEDEN)
09:30 – 09:45 SWIR imaging latest developments, a focus on space applications
Simon Ferré, SWIR Sensor Engineer, New Imaging Technologies (FRANCE)
09:45 – 10:00 Compact solid state sensors for UV space astronomy
David J.Rogers, Director, Nanovation (FRANCE)
10:00 – 10:15 Distance measurements beyond the coherence length of lasers
Yves Salvadé, Professor, Haute Ecole ARC Ingénierie (SWITZERLAND)
10:15 – 10:30 Security of space assets by monitoring of space debris with lasers
Gerd Wagner, Physicist, German Aerospace Center (DLR) (GERMANY)
10:30 – 10:45 Hyperspectral imaging for Earth Observation: from microsatellites to constellation of nanosatellites
Eneka Idiart-Barsoum, CEO, ENEKA Consulting (FRANCE)

10:45 – 11:30 Coffee break

Session 5: Quantum technologies, atomic clocks and atom interferometry
11:30 – 12:00 KEYNOTE: Future payloads for space- exploiting new possibilities with integrated photonics
Eamon Murphy, Engineering Directorate, European Space Agency (THE NETHERLANDS)
12:00 – 12:15 The challenges in developing lasers for quantum applications
Mark Mackenzie, Sr. R&D Engineer, UniKLasers (UNITED KINGDOM)
12:15 – 12:30 Lasers for quantum optics: from laboratory into real life – and into space?
Thomas Renner, CSO/Member of Board, TOPTICA Photonics (GERMANY)
12:30 – 12:45 Packaging for space & quantum technologies
Mark Day, Business Development Manager – Quantum Technologies, Optocap  (UNITED KINGDOM)
12:45 – 13:00 Quantum information processing with PICs
Jelmer Renema, CTO, QuiX (THE NETHERLANDS)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

Session 6: Integrated photonics innovations making their way to space
14:00 – 14:15 PhotonDelta the integrated photonics ecosystem & integrated modules in space
Ewit Roos, CEO, PhotonDelta (THE NETHERLANDS)
14:15 – 14:30 Novel sources and systems for space
John-Mark Hopkins, Deputy Head of Centre, Fraunhofer UK (UNITED KINGDOM)
14:30 – 14:45 InPulse pilot line for indium phosphide photonic integration – opportunities for aerospace
Martijn Heck, Associate Professor, Aarhus University (DENMARK)
14:45 – 15:00 Integrated planar waveguides for high speed data communication and sensing in space applications
Felix Betschon, CEO, vario-optics (SWITZERLAND)
15:00 – 15:15 Maturity of automated assembly and testing of PICs enables solutions for LiDAR, transceivers and RF photonics in aerospace
Ignazio Piacentini, Director Business Development, ficonTEC Service (GERMANY)
15:15 – 15:30 Electronics and optoelectronic devices through advanced materials
Marco Moraja, Business Manager, SAES Getters (ITALY)
15:30 – 15:45 InP components for communication and sensing in space
Pascal Rustige, Research Associate, Fraunhofer HHI (GERMANY)
15:45 – 16:00 All-in-glass packaging for VCELS and other optical systems in harsh environments
Ville Hevonkorpi, Managing Director, SCHOTT Primoceler (FINLAND)

16:10 End of the meeting
16:15 – 17:15 Tour of ESA
17:20 End & the optional bus transfer from ESA to Schiphol airport


The meeting will be held at European Space Agency (Erasmus building, Keplerlaan 1, 2201 AZ, Noordwijk).

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Dinner venue on 12 September – Beachpavilion “de Zeemeeuw”, hall Pirates Nest (address: Koningin Wilhelmina boulevard 108, 2202 GW Noordwijk).

Hotel & Transportation

The recommended hotel is NH NOORDWIJK CONFERENCE CENTRE LEEUWENHORST (address: Langelaan, 3, 2211 XT Noordwijkerhout – The Netherlands). The bus transfers will be organized to / from this hotel only. Orientation price is 154 EUR for the single superior room including breakfast and VAT.

All the necessary bus transfers (announced in the program above) will be organised and covered by EPIC, except of the arrival from Schiphol airport to ESA on 12 September if going directly. For this, please check the transfers schedules HERE.


Registration for this event is closed due to the security reasons of ESA (they needed to have the participants list in advance to do the advance clearance). For any questions please contact EPIC Events Manager Neringa Norbutaite by neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com.


EPIC Events Manager Neringa Norbutaite, neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com, +370 6243 8991.