HydRON User Workshop - New date

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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.


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. 


Published 26 August 2022
Last updated at 17 October 2022 - 08:13