ESA organised the first Workshop in February 2022 to connect with potential users of the HydRON Demonstration System (HydRON-DS). A second Workshop will take place in December 2022.
The HydRON Project is implemented as part of the ARTES Strategic Programme Line on Optical Communication – ScyLight. The Agency’s vision of HydRON is to enable the development and validation of the “Fibre in the Sky” or "Internet beyond Clouds" technology. The vision foresees such a system to be seamlessly integrated in terrestrial networks at terabit-per-second capacity, to position European and Canadian industries in the lead for communication capabilities. The HydRON project entered its Phase A/B1 stage with two studies to investigate and formulate a Demonstrator System (HydRON-DS).
These workshops aim to capture current and future needs of potential HydRON-DS users. These aid to tailor and refine both the services as well as system architecture of the demonstration system. Questionnaires were collected from potential users of the system.
3 USER WORKSHOP – WORKSHOP #1
The first event took place on 16 February, 2022 online via WEBEX given the global situation. It featured a Plenary meeting and a series of dedicated meetings between potential users, the Agency and the two Primes of the ongoing Phase A/B1 studies.
Participants were asked to support the event by filling out a user questionnaire based on preliminary user categories. This was a pre-requisite to be able to participate in the workshop. Any users wishing to participate in User Workshop #2 should have filled out such a questionnaire, or shall be willing to submit one to ESA before the occasion of the second workshop.
4 USER WORKSHOP #2 – 19 OCTOBER 2022
The second event is open to identified users, participants of the first user workshop, as well as to interested industrial entities. The event will require registration and a commitment to participate in a user data collection effort, if not done so already.
Agenda of the day
09:30 - 10:30 Opening Session ESA
09:30 - 09:45 Welcome and Intro ESA
09:45 - 10:00 Recap of outcome of UW#1 ESA
10:00 - 10:30 HydRON Demo System proposal ESA
10:30 - 12:45 Prime Presentations
10:30 - 11:30 Current status of the HydRON-DS
(programmatics and technical baseline), consolidated user needs/requirements and associated use cases TAS
11:30 - 11:45 Break
11:45 - 12:45 Current status of the HydRON-DS
(programmatics and technical baseline), further consolidate the user needs/requirements and associated use cases ADS
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 17:30 Afternoon Session
14:00 - 17:00 User presentations EOP-OPS
17:00 - 17:30 Q&A and Joint Session Wrap up ESA
17:30 End of Day
It is possible to arrange dedicated meetings between Primes / ESA and Users on 19th of October.
Users wishing to attend the event will be asked to register below. Registration is free of charge, but there will be a preselection of attendees by the Agency.
All entities wishing to join the workshop will be asked to agree to the following points:
- to consent filling out a workshop user questionnaire that is provided upon registration and serves the purpose to collect actual technical user needs to define the HydRON Demonstration System.
- that the questionnaire can be made available to ESA, ADS and TASI consortia for further analysis in the frame of the Phase A/B1 study*.
- to the ESA Privacy Notice and Consent form (https://www.esa.int/Services/Privacy_notice_and_consent_form )
Moreover, participants can request a time slot for a presentation during the Plenary meeting and request additional meetings after the Plenary meeting with either or both primes (ADS or TAS), in order to discuss user needs discreetly with a restricted audience.
* User data will be treated confidentially by ESA, and will only be shared in an anonymized form with the consortia conducting the studies. ESA has no commercial interest in sharing /reselling or otherwise utilising any information provided in the questionnaire beyond the purpose to establish relevant user requirements for the HydRON project.