Press Release

GLAC 2018: Democratizing Space Data

By SpaceRef Editor
May 14, 2018
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On Wednesday 23 May 2018, a Plenary on ‘Democratizing Space Data’ moderated by Otto Koudelka, Head of Institute of Communication Networks and Satellite Communications, Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) will take place from 09:45 – 11:00 at the Global Space Applications Conference (GLAC) 2018, in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Today’s space systems provide enormous volumes of data. Data sets have become so large or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate. Particularly Earth Observation with the most recent high-resolution satellites and constellations of small remote sensing satellites are key elements of Big Data. ESA’s Earth Observation download volume by 2022 is estimated to reach 50 Petabytes.
Space systems are the only ones that can offer communications anywhere and any time – for the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and Machine to Machine Communications. The integration of 5G and satellite communication systems is a prerequisite for autonomous driving. Data availability, privacy and security become hence extremely important.

The collection and processing of data in large quantities raises issues of the protection of privacy. International human rights documents, such as the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights provide for the respect for everyone’s private and family life, home and correspondence.

Free access to Space data is vital in particular for developing nations. More recently, discussions have been arising with respect to free data access on the one hand and business models taking profit of Space data funded by the public.

Pablo Brenner, Founder, Collokia, Roger Hsu, Head of Satellite Application Development, HEAD Aerospace Technology Co., Martin Rodriguez de los Santos, Data Center Pre-sales Consultant, Antel, and Krystal Wilson, Director of Space Applications Programs, Secure World Foundation will discuss Space applications, Big Data issues and the associated challenges both in the legal framework and from the technical point of view.

Right before, from 09:30 – 09:45, a keynote focusing on the historical milestones that have lead to wider availability of space data, with particular focus on satellite Earth observation data, and highlights from other areas where access to data is seen as particularly important will be given by Catherine Doldirina, Independent Consultant, International Institute of Space Law (IISL).

All Plenary Sessions and Keynotes are on the agenda and available on the IAF’s website – It includes details of the plenaries, plenary speakers and leaders from Space Agencies and Space Industries. As well, the full conference programme is also available on the IAF App. As soon as you join the GLAC event, you will have access to the GLAC programme.
Register Before May 18 and take advantage of the regular registration rates; you can easily register at
We hope to see you at GLAC 2018 in Montevideo!
With kind regards,
The IAF Secretariat

SpaceRef staff editor.