EPIC Online Technology Meeting on Quarterly Briefing on New Space Communications and Monitoring

31 March  2021

15:00 – 17:00 CEST


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The New Space initiative by ESA has generated a large number of earth observation missions and novel navigation and communication strategies, all of which require advances in Satellite Communication and monitoring systems. In this meeting, we will gather a supply chain of space enthusiastic companies working on i.e. space-qualified optics, mirrors, lasers and detectors, and put the finger on the major challenges of SatCom.

Spirit of the meetings

During these online technology meetings, we are looking for the challenges the industry is facing and bringing together the entire supply chain to address these challenges. Bringing together end-users with component suppliers and system integrators that will answer the EPIC question “What can you do for them and what can they do for you” creates the perfect foundation to establish new business relationships and find ways for new collaborations and partnerships. 

Watch us LIVE on YouTube

These online technology meetings take place in Zoom with a limited group of people. If you would like to attend the meeting, please register below. There are limited seats and we allow only one person per company, but all our online technology meetings can be viewed LIVE on YouTube or be viewed afterwards if you have missed it. Here is the link to this meeting to view it on our YouTube channel EPICPhotonics


Jose Pozo, CTO at EPIC
Sana Amairi-Pyka, Project Leader for Optical Technologies at EPIC


Dr. Zoran Sodnik is the Optical Communication Technology Manager in the telecommunication directorate of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Zoran Sodnik
Senior Optical Engineer at European Space Agency
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More information about Christian can be found HERE.

Responsible for technology scouting and R&D aerospace projects: development of enabling subsystems for future lasercom products involving strategic partners. 25+ years of spacecraft & space mission design background.

Manfred Leipold
Team Leader Future Technologies at Mynaric
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He has extensive experience in leadership at companies like Bosch Telecom, GAH Com. & SELEX Com.. Currently active at AFCEA and the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, also holds several patents.

Matthias Motzigemba
Head of Sales Laser Communication at Tesat-Spacecom
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More information about Donald can be found HERE.

Dan has been in the space industry for more than 25 years, in project management and business development roles. He has worked for ESA, Boeing, LogicaCMG, Deimos Space, SES, and now Spire.

Dan Isaac
Business Development Executive at Spire
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David is product line manager at Cailabs, in charge of laser communication strategy & development.

David Allioux
Project & Product Manager at CAILabs
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Joined SES in 1999 as a telecom engineer and currently holds the position of VP, Sales and BD at SES Techcom. He is looking at developing SES innovative services such as Quantum Communications or GovSatCom end-to-end solutions.

Thierry Draus
Vice President, Sales & Business Development at SES Techcom
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Kasia Balakier is a Senior Photonics System Engineer at Airbus Defence and Space.

Kasia Balakier
Senior Photonics System Engineer at Airbus


Abel James, Lead Developer at SavvySoft
Alessio Corazza, Business Development Manager at Saes Getters
Alexander Telle, CEO at ACM Coatings
Amandine Debloudts, Marketing Communications Manager at SEDI-ATI Fibres Optiques
Amicie Monclar, Co-Founder at Zephalto
Amir Ghadimi, Photonics Expert at CSEM
Andrea Tonini, Business Development Manager at Diamond
Andreas Bichler, Regional Sales Engineer at OptoSigma
Antonello Vannucci, CTO at Photonics 42
Axel Hof, Optical Engineer at Mynaric Lasercom
Benjamin Bulla, Managing Director at son-x
Benjamin Rödiger, Systems Engineer at Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
Boris Eichhorn, Senior Manager at SCHOTT
Branston Williams, Director at IDEX Optical Technologies
Chris Maloney, Director of Business Development at VPIphotonics
Christopher Durell, Business Development Director,  Remote Sensing at Labsphere
Corey McClelland, Vice President at Qubitekk
Daniel Biedermann, Marketing Development at DB Consulting
David Allioux, Product Manager at Cailabs
Davinder Basuita, Business Development Manager at Glenair
Emmanuel Sonuga, Partner at OBASONUGA
Erik Beckert, Head of Department at Fraunhofer IOF
Ernesto Ciaramella, Professor at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Fatemeh Jessen-Hansen, Optical Engineer at DTU Space
Federico Caccavale, Solution Engineer Photonics at Thales Alenia Space
Florian Emaury, CEO at Menhir Photonics
Gelu Chira, Consultant
Georg Draude, GM at Chroma
Gino Bucciol, Founder and Head of Business Development at Officina Stellare
Giulio Cossu, CEO at Bright101
Gloria Hoefler, Director at Infinera
Gregory Flinn, Marketing Development at ficonTEC
Gunnar Böttger, Senior Scientist at Fraunhofer IZM
Harshang Pandya, GM Test and Measurement at AEM
Hervé Gouraud, Sales and Marketing Director at iXblue Photonics
Jacob Ninan, Co-Founder at Kottackal Business Solutions
Jan Smolders, Business Development at Comate
Jason Palidwar, Product Group Manager at Iridian Spectral Technologies
Jay Smith, Systems Engineer at Archangel Lightworks
Jean-Edouard Communal, CEO at Miratlas
Jens Verbeeck, CEO at Magics Instruments
Jeroen Hoet, Chief Business Development at Caeleste
Joerg Rockstroh, Director & Business Developer at WORK Microwave
Johannes Pfund, CEO at Optocraft
John Disano, Technical Business Analyst at NRC
Jörg Smolenski, Business Development Manager at Nanoscribe
Julijanas Zeludevicius, Research Fellow at FTMC
Kasia Balakier, Senior Photonics System Engineer at Airbus
Kevin Lefebvre, Director,  Product Management at MACOM
Kevin Pitkin, Technology Director at Benchmark
Kevin Shortt, Research Project Leader at Airbus
Lola Courtillat, Hub Optics & Photonics Coordinator at Systematic Paris-Region
Martial Destoc, Europe Sales Manager at Imagine Optic
Martin Razuks-Ebels, CEO at TimeTag.Space
Matteo Bernasconi, Space EEE Parts Engineer at Mynaric Lasercom
Matthew Warden, Researcher at Fraunhofer CAP
Matthias Beier, CEO & Co-Founder at SPACEOPTIX
Matthias Motzigemba, Sales Director at TESAT Spacecom
Matthieu Frambourg, Head of Space Projects at asphericon
Michael Geiselmann, Managing Director at Ligentec
Miguel Melo, Managing Director at MW Technologies
Nick Destrycker, CoFounder at Edgise
Olaf Wijma, Senior Solutions Engineer at SES
Olivier Liandrat, R&D Engineer at Reuniwatt
Paul van Dijk, Vice President at LioniX International
Pavan Shivaram, Systems Design at Apple
Peter Hart, Manager at PLX
Rajeev Rege, CMO at Alumnus software
Reinhard Pusch, Advisor at RoodMicrotec
Richard Pitwon, CEO at Resolute Photonics
Robert Brumley, CEO at LaserLight Companies
Robert Murano, Director at II-VI
Roland Geyl, Vice President Business Development at Safran
Ronald Habekothe, Sales Manager at US Conec
Sasha Baranikov, Chief Commercial Officer at Fleet Space Technologies
Shehryar Ishtiaq, Scientist at German Aerospace Centre
Sriram Hariharan, Scientist at FBH
Stelios Pitris, Postdoc Researcher at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Steve Lecomte, Section Head at CSEM
Szymon Gladysz, Group Leader at Fraunhofer IOSB
Taras Lisouski, CEO at EsentOptics
Tom Koster, Senior Vice President at Laser Light Communications
Udo Fetzer, Key Account Manager at OFS
Vadim Pogoretskiy, Business Developer at JePPIX
Varvara Bezhenova, Technology Forecaster at AT&S
Vividha Chopra, Marketing Manager at Spire
Xin Gong, Sales Manager at FemtoFiberTec
Yoann Priol, Sales Manager at Phasics


To participate, you need to have access to a computer (preferred) or phone, with video/microphone/sound, you can test your setup on Zoom. By registering, you agree that we can use your data to inform you about the details of this event. EPIC will also share the participants list with the other participants or interested parties. Participation is confirmed only when received a confirmation email from the EPIC staff.
Note: We allow only 1 person per company to participate in the Zoom room. Everyone is of course welcome to join us via YouTube. All attendees in Zoom are expected to participate in the full length of the meeting. By registering you acknowledge our GDPR Statement.


EPIC Events Manager Sharara Qasemova: sharara.qasemova@epic-assoc.com, mobile: +420 775465552