Conference Agenda

MAST Northern Coasts 2019 Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

Fri 6 Sep 2019

11:30 Fri 6 Sep 2019

11:30–13:00

6B: Air & Space

Arctic Operations

CHAIR: Rear Admiral (ret) Charles Beers

Arctic Communication for Maritime and Air Traffic

  • Dr. Michael Linden-Vørnle
    Astrophysicist and chief adviser
    Technical University of Denmark
    Denmark

For maritime and air traffic, communication in the Artic is a challenge. Using satellites is often the only viable solution, but the access to geostationary communication satellites in the high north is limited and at very high latitudes impossible. For many years the only option has been the Iridium SATCOM-constellation, but now new solutions are emerging. In this talk I will present the challenges for Arctic communication for maritime and air traffic and discuss the possible impact of the proposed and upcoming solutions such as satellite mega-constellations.

Satellite Surveillance of Vast Maritime Areas in the Arctic

  • Dr. Michael Linden-Vørnle
    Astrophysicist and chief adviser
    Technical University of Denmark
    Denmark

Maintaining situational awareness in the maritime domain across the Arctic region is a major challenge. The vast area often combined poor weather and lighting conditions makes efficient maritime surveillance a difficult task. As there is no one-size-fits-all solution to this problem, clearly satellites are very important providers of surveillance data. In this talk I will present the challenges for Arctic maritime surveillance and discuss how combinations of satellites with various sensor systems and unmanned vehicles can meet these challenges.

Surveillance in the Arctic

  • Mrs. Charlotte Havsteen
    Head of Department
    Danish Defence Logistics and Acquisitions Org
    Denmark

The Joint Arctic Command in Greenland has many duties, responsibilities and challenges. Surveillance and maintaining an up to date picture of activities over vast areas with very little infrastructure is difficult. The rapidly changing weather and seasonal aspects also play a major role. Surveillance – due to the lack of land-based infrastructure – is increasingly based on the use of satellites. The use of satellites can be of great value not just by generating data, but also by making it possible to optimize the use of other capacities like aircraft and ships for reconnaissance purposes. The results obtained from the launch of a Danish nanosatellite in 2018 have shown that there are possibilities even for smaller nations to use the space domain for surveillance and reconnaissance as well as for communications and navigational purposes. How can a future space-based infrastructure best contribute?

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