EPIC Workshop at European Space Agency

1 – 2 June 2017

Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Hosted by ESA – European Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Thursday 1 June

12:00 – 13:00 Registration and Lunch

13:00-13:35 Setting the scene
13:00 Welcome by ESA, Torben Henriksen, TEC-M Department Head, ESA
13:05 Purpose of the workshop, Jose Pozo, CTO at EPIC
13:10 European Space Technology Harmonisation, Edmund Williams, Technology coordination and planning officer, ESA
13:15 Space photonic in FP7 and H2020, Remy Charavel, Project Officer, Research Executive Agency, European Commission
13:25 Concepts for cooperation and funding in photonic based space technology for market and societal challenges, Dirk Kalinowski, Cluster NMWP.NRW

13:35 – 14:50 Session 1 Free space communication

13.35 Free Space Optical Communications, Josep Perdigues, ESA
13.50 Photonic Integrated Signal Transport Technology for Radio Astronomy in Space, Peter Maat, Astron
14:05 Modulating retro-reflectors for asymmetric FSO links in 850nm/1060nm/1550nm regimes, Qin Wang, RISE Acreo
14:20 ESA and Quantum Key Distribution, the QKD Roadmap, Eric Wille, ESA
14:35 Single-photon systems for sensing and secure communication in space, Michael Desert, VP Single-Photon Systems, IDQuantique

14:50 – 15:30 Networking break

15:30 – 17:00 Session 2 Telecom satellites
15:30 Micro-Photonics in Telecommunication Satellite Payloads, Nikos Karafolas, ESA
15:45 Laser Communication status and roadmap – inter-satellite and ground links, Daniel Tröndle, Program Manager LCT Operations, Tesat
16:00 Photonics-based RF functionalities for Satellite Telecom Payloads, Miguel Piqueras, CTO, DAS Photonics
16:15 Photonic Interconnects for Telecom Satellites, Tolga Tekin, Fraunhofer IZM
16:30 From Petabits/s transmission via optical interconnects to optical Wifi – Photonic ICT technologies for satellite communications, Oded Raz, Associate Professor, TU/e
16:45 Fiber-Optic Transceivers for Multi-Gigabit Interconnects in Satellites, Mikko Karppinen, Senior Scientist, VTT

17:00-17:30 Networking break

17:30-19:00 Session 3 Sensing in space
17:30 Lasers for sensing applications in space, Johannes Koeth, nanoplus
17:45 Specialty laser frequency conversion crystals for laser systems in satellites, Audrius Jakstas, ESKMA Optics
18:00 Fiber Optic Sensing Solutions For Space Applications, Selwan Ibrahim, Principal Optical Engineer, FAZ Technology
18:15 PIC-based fiber optic sensing: Extreme sensing with small payloads, Thijs van Leest, Researcher, Technobis
18:30 Uncooled thermal sensors, Chris Tisse, ULIS
18:45 Hybrid Sun Sensor using Printed PhotoDiodes for cube satellites, Nenad Marjanovic, CSEM

19:00 End of first day and transfer to dinner location.
19:30 Dinner at Beach Club “de Zeemeeuw”
22:00 Transfer to NH hotel Noordwijk Leeuwenhorst

Friday 2 June

08:00 Transfer to ESA.
Meeting point: Lobby of the NH hotel Noordwijk Conference Centre Leeuwenhorst
08:30 – 09:00 Morning coffee

09:00 – 10:30 Session 4 Reliability and qualification of photonic devices
09:00 Quantified Reliability of Photonics: Attributes and Challenges, Alain Bensoussan, Optics and Opto-electronics Parts Expert, Thales Alenia Space
09:15 What do we need for a ‘space-qualified’ assembly process of photonics devices, Ignazio Piacentini, Director of Business Development, ficonTEC
09.30 Desensitization Of Optical Systems During The Design Process, Dmitriy Vorontsov, Application Engineer, Light Tec
09:45 Qualifying Laser Components for long and short term Space Applications, Thomas Laurent, CTO, Eagleyard Photonics
10:00 Radiation testing of optical fibers and components – Challenges and risks, Jochen Kuhnhenn, Head of Business Unit “Nuclear Effects in Electronics and Optics” at Fraunhofer INT
10:15 Optical connectors in Space: Standards and Qualifications, Frédéric Taugwalder, DIAMOND

10:30 – 11:15 Networking break

11:15 – 13:00 Session 5 Observation and imaging
11:15 Small Satellites, Luca Maresi, ESA
11:30 LIDAR technologies for Earth Observation and other applications, Linda Mondin, Laser Engineer, ESA
11:45 LIDAR imagers for space applications, Jordi Riu, Senior R&D Engineer, Centre for Sensors, Instruments and Systems Development: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
12:00 High Performance Polishing of Aluminum and Silicon Carbide Mirrors, Michael Orr, Product Line Manager, Coherent
12:15 High spatial resolution hyperspectral camera based on a continuously variable filter, Oliver Pust, Director Sales & Marketing, Delta Optical Thin Film
12:30 SWIR detectors with unique features for space applications, Oman Cohen, Product Manager, SCD
12:45 Production and new development of QWIP and T2SL infrared detectors at IRnova, Linda Hoglund, IRnova

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:15 Session 6 Future Technologies for Science
14.00 Photonics in ESA’s Science Program, Brian Shortt, ESA
14:15 Optical Atomic Clocks and Atom Interferometry, Eamonn Murphy, ESA
14:30 Thick film silicon nitride for nonlinear applications in space, Michael Geiselmann, CTO, LIGENTEC
14:45 Atmospheric turbulence mitigation without adaptive optics, Pu Jian, CAILabs
15:00 Broadband CMOS-integrated imaging systems with graphene and 2d-materials, Stijn Goossens, ICFO- The Institute of Photonic Sciences

15:15 Outro presentation: How to do business with ESA, Lavinia Fabrizi, Contracts Officer at ESA

15:30 End of workshop and ESA visit – Erasmus and Test centre

Venue and accommodation

The workshop takes place at the European Space Agency
Keplerlaan 1
2201 AZ Noordwijk
The Netherlands

Getting there
ESA can be easily reached by train&bus, car or shuttle bus from Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam Airport). To make use of the ESA shuttle service, please call/email the ESA/ESTEC reception to reserve a spot (reservations can be made up to 1 hour in advance), estec.reception@esa.int, tel.+31-71-565 4000. For more information on the shuttle bus time schedule or other ways on how to get to ESA/ESTEC, please click here.

The suggested hotel is NH Noordwijk Conference Centre Leeuwenhorst. All arranged transport will depart from here.

NH Noordwijk Conference Centre Leeuwenhorst
Langelaan, 3
2211 XT Noordwijkerhout

The special EPIC/ESA rate is €85 per night for a single room, including breakfast and wifi, excluding (city) tax. To book a room, please email or call (+31 (0)252 37 84 28) the hotel directly.


EPIC members and invited companies: 250 EUR (excl. VAT)
Non member companies: 400 EUR (excl. VAT)

Should you have any questions about the programme or your registration, please contact Carmen Ferrari, Events and Marketing Manager at EPIC


EPIC members exhibit for free at EPIC meetings. We have a limited amount of table tops to be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to make use of this, please contact Carmen Ferrari. EPIC members are always free to bring a roll up.

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