Dr. Volker Ziegler, Airbus Group

Trends for airborne- and spaceborne connectivity

Invited speaker:

Dr. Volker Ziegler,
Head of „Automatic Flight and Communication”
Airbus Group Innovations,

Volker Ziegler received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering and his Dr.-Ing. degree (with honors) both from the University of Ulm, Germany, in 1997 and 2001, respectively. From 2002 to 2003, he was member of the „Knowledge Exchange Group for Research and Technology” at the DaimlerChrysler AG in Stuttgart, Germany. During this trainee period, he was working at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA and at United Monolithic Semiconductors, Orsay, France. Afterwards, he joined EADS Innovation Works, Ottobrunn, Germany, where he became an EADS Expert for „Microwave Technologies and Systems” in 2007. From 2013 to 2016, he was the Head of Team “RF and Waveforms” and Head of Team “Automatic Flight Systems” within AIRBUS Group Innovations. Since 2017, he is the Head of Department “Automatic Flight and Communications”, responsible for the research performed in the field of automated flying systems and communication systems for aeronautic and space-borne platforms.

Volker Ziegler is senior member of the IEEE, member of the IEEE MTT-S Technical Coordinating Committee 21 on RF-MEMS and member of the IEEE MTT Antennas & Propagation German Chapter Executive Board. He authored or co-authored more than 90 papers, holds twelve patents and is an industrial advisor of the „Component Technical Board on Microwaves” for the European Space Agency.

Talk overview

Connectivity is a major enabler to fulfil passenger, operational and mission demands for airborne as well as spaceborne platforms. The main drivers for the technological development in communications are the demands for ubiquitous, secure and reliable connectivity, new space and terrestrial operational services as well as the advent of new businesses like urban air mobility. The talk will discuss these trends and highlight some of the major technological building blocks to address the challenges.

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