Space Communications and Navigation Committee (SCAN) (2018-2021)

Objective/Scope of the Committee

The SCAN committee is responsible, within the IAF, for all aspects of satellite-based communication and navigation systems and technology. The committee will organise the SCAN symposium at each IAC and, when appropriate, will organise specialised plenary sessions and Highlight Lectures. It will provide annual inputs to the IAF report to the United Nations.

Committee rules for membership applications and renewal

The committee continuously seeks new members, particularly in the area of satellite-based navigation systems. In the past 4 years, the committee has added 7 new members. In addition, members who have not made a contribution to the activities of the committee in the past several years are asked to renew their interest.

Symposiums/Sessions at the IAC

SCAN organises 6 sessions at each IAC.

At IAC 2010, it organised a plenary session dealing with Global Navigation Satellite Systems, “Never Lost Again”, and sponsored a Highlight Lecture, given by Dr Bradford Parkinson, on the history of GPS.

At IAC 2011, it organised a Plenary session dealing with telecommunications in less-developed regions.

At IAC 2013, it will co-sponsor, with the Space Security Committee, session B2.7, “Joint Session on Dual Use Aspects of Telecommunications and GNSS.”

It organised Virtual Forums at IAC 2011 and 2012.

Technical meetings or events outside of the IAC

At the UN/COPUOS session in Vienna in 2010, Dr Koudelka presented the Highlights of the SCAN sessions at IAC 2009.

Robert Briskman actively contributed to the programme of the 5th Advanced Satellite Multimedia Systems conference, held in Sardinia in September 2010.


Committee Members


Wittig, Manfred


Lollock, Rita


De Paula, Ramon P.


Aicher, Eva Maria
Al Husseini, Abdul Mohsen Z.
Alagha, Nader
AlMaeeni, Sara
Ashford, Edward W.
Bacsardi, Laszlo
Bertenyi, Elemer
Briskman, Robert D.
Buist, Peter
Chandrasekhar, M.G.
Das, D. K.
Emmons, Debra L.
Frischauf, Norbert
Heo, Moon-Beom
Koudelka, Otto
Matas, Attila
Miura, Amane
Murthi, K.R. Sridhara
Pacheco Cabrera, Enrique
Palmerini, Giovanni
Pauly, Kristian
Rao, M. K.
Shortt, Kevin
Shumsky, Steven
Srinivasan, Dipak
Straus, Joe M.
Tian, Da
Toyoshima, Morio
Venugopal, Desaraju
Wan, Stephanie
Wang, Dun
Wang, Wei
Wasserman, Adi
Wille, Eric


Pinto, Vera


Nagai, Yutaka




Committee Members