The Earth Observation Industry Alliance (EOIA) hosted its first Symposium on Commercial Space-Based Laser Communications and the Space Data Highway at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport on 4-5 November 2014.
The Symposium was key-noted by Major General Robert McMurry Jr, Vice Commander of Space and Missile Systems Center and featured speeches from Bob Minehart, Senior Policy Advisor the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and retired General Lance Lord, former Commander of Air Force Space Command.
In addition, Hamid Hadmi, from Facebook provided a unique view of how social media will leverage this technology.
The conference also spot-lighted the capabilities of Airbus Defense and Space and General Atomics as well laser communications experts from Japan, Germany, Australia, Canada and the United States. Over 170 industry representatives of more than 100 companies participated at the Symposium.
“We were pleased to play a role in bringing together the laser communications community to talk about key challenges and opportunities with this technology,” said EOIA President Dennis Jones.
“The technology holds great promise for the earth observation industry.”
The mission of the Earth Observation Industry Alliance is to promote and advance the interests of the earth observation industry and associated stakeholders to ensure its long term viability in the global marketplace.