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IEEE Low-Earth-Orbit (LEO) Satellites & Systems


  • Technical Activities
  • Coordinate/Engage with small satellites (CubeSats) global development
  • Develop Ground Stations to operate the satellites
  • Network the Ground Stations [pursuing the maximum integration of global CubeSats development and space education activities, to inspire students and young engineers to pursue science and engineering career in the space sector.]
      • Educational Engagements
              • Students: University (UG, Grad), College, Vocational Schools, High Schools … 
              • Young Professionals, and
            • Seasoned Professionals in the creation, development, and operation of small satellite systems. 


IEEE LEO Satellites Fall Workshop

The the recorded presentations from the 4-November 2021 IEEE Low Earth Orbit Satellites Fall Workshop are now available.  Click here to see the workshop program and view the recordings.

Project Co-Chairs

Markus Gardill is a professor for Satellite Communication Systems at the chair of computer science VII – robotics and telematics at the University of Würzburg. He received the Dipl.-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degree in systems of information and multimedia technology/electrical engineering from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, in 2010 and 2015, respectively, where he was a research assistant, teaching fellow, and later head of the team for radio communication technology.

Between 2015 and 2020 he was R&D engineer and research cluster owner for optical and imaging metrology systems at Robert Bosch GmbH. Later he joined InnoSenT GmbH as head of the group radar signal processing & tracking, developing together with his team new generations of automotive radar sensors for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving.

His main research interest includes radar and communication systems, antenna (array) design, and signal processing algorithms. His particular interest is space-time processing, such as, e.g., beamforming and direction-of-arrival estimation, together with cognitive and adaptive systems. He focuses on combining signal processing and microwave/electromagnetics domains to develop new approaches to antenna array implementation and array signal processing. His further research activities include distributed coherent/non-coherent networks for advanced detection and perception, machine-learning techniques for spatial signal processing, highly flexible software-defined radio/radar systems, and communication systems for NewSpace.

Markus Gardill is a member of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (IEEE MTT-S). He served as co-chair of the IEEE MTT-S Technical Committee Digital Signal Processing (MTT-9), regularly acts as reviewer and TPRC member for several journals and conferences, and currently serves as co-chair of the Technical Committee on Aerospace Systems (MTT-29) as well as associate editor of the Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. He was a Distinguished Microwave Lecturer (DML) for the DML term 2018-2020 with a presentation on signal processing and system aspects of automotive radar systems.

Project Co-Chair, Witold KisnerWitold Kinsner is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He also held faculty positions at McMaster University and McGill University, and was a co-founder and Director of Research of the Industrial Applications of Microelectronics Centre from 1979 to 1987. He has been involved in research on cognitive systems, computational intelligence, robust real-time computing engines, and computer memories and polyscale signal processing. Applications included biomedical, industrial monitoring and controls, aerospace, and space. He has authored and co-authored over 820 publications in the above areas, as well as supervised 78 Master’s and Doctorate graduate students, over 210 undergraduate final-year thesis/capstone project students, and mentored 35 summer research students. He organized and delivered many events in STEAM outreach, including space camps, discovery weeks for Indigenous high-school students, ham radio courses and events, and designing and building satellites. The LEO Satellites and Systems Small Project is intended to provide a better understanding of the advances in nanosatellies and associated systems.
Since 1971, he has been very active all the IEEE levels: Region 7 (IEEE Canada), Council, Section, Chapter, and Student Branch. He was elected IEEE Canada President Elect 2014-2015, IEEE Director Elect (Region 7) 2014-2015, IEEE Canada President/Director 2016-2017, Past President 2018-19, and IEEE Educational Activities Vice President, 2018-19. He has been an Editor and Member of Editorial Boards of several journals. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC), a Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC), a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (APEGM), and a member of other societies.


Get Involved

Interested in participating in the IEEE LEO SatS small project?
Contact: Project Co-Chair, Prof. Witold Kinsner,  Project Co-Chair, Prof. Markus Gardill, or Project Manager, Mahjeda Ali