Satellite Communications

Tue, February 16, 2021

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM PST



Talk Abstract:

On June 23, 2020 China launched the last satellite of the BeiDou 3 Navigation Satellite System (BDS). The satellite, was the 30th BDS-3 satellite and the 55th of the whole BeiDou satellite family. The launch marked the completion of the country's domestically developed BeiDou constellation, one of four global navigation networks alongside with the United States' GPS, Russia's GLONASS and the European Union's Galileo.

Also, Google Inc. plans to create a satellite constellation of around 1000 satellites orbiting around the earth and covering around 75% of its surface. The company is making efforts to use a constellation of satellites to establish communication at places beyond the reach of existing wired and wireless networks.

This webinar will cover satellite communications in general, discussing low earth orbit (LEO), medium earth orbit (MEO), and geosynchronous equatorial obits (GEO) satellites. It will also present Global Navigation Systems with emphasis on US GPS and China’s Beidou systems.


Speaker Bio: Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, Cadence Design Systems.

Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.

Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter, and was Chapter Chair in 2005 and 2006.

Dr. Kao currently teaches Renewable Energy, Clean Technology and Emerging Technology courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension.

He has given more than 80 seminars in the last ten years on various Emerging Technologies including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Big Data, IoT, Smart Cities, Sensor Networks, Innovation, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Robotics, AI / Machine Learning, 5G and 3D Printing.

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