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As space-based satellite systems continue to act as a key enabler for terrestrial operations, the need to access and exploit constellations effectively remains critical for international military forces. This is reinforced by the growing data and bandwidth requirements necessary to sustain communications within modern operations. With new hosted payloads delivering small satellite networks to space at an unprecedented rate – there is a clear need for a forum that analyses what these trends mean for the wider SATCOM community.

With this in mind, SMi Group are proud to announce the Small Satellites and Disruptive Technology Focus Day – which will set the scene for Europe’s Leading Military Satellite Communication show Global MilSatCom 2018. Exploring how the next generation of launch capability, research and development of small, cube, micro and nano-satellites and how military agencies and industry are collaborating in this new era of SATCOM.

Sure to be an unmissable introduction to the next generation of space technologies, this year’s focus day is set to become a key calendar date for anyone in the satellite communications sector.

Focus Day programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Former SO2 Space Operations, UK MOD

8:50 Showcasing British Ingenuity, Ambition and Engineering Expertise: Transforming the Landscape of the British Space Industry

Mr Luis Gomes

Mr Luis Gomes, Chief Technical Officer, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited

 

  • From UoSat-1 to CARBONITE-2: the evolving nature of the satellite sector and what it means for industry
  • Demonstrating low-cost LEO (low-earth orbit) Satellite systems and the unique engineering challenges to work at pace
  • Driving cost effective systems – technical approaches to weight minimisation within small satellites
  • What the RemoveDEBRIS missions means for the satellite sector and key design features
  • Developing a modular approach to satellite design to optimise usage for commercial and military applications
  • 9:20 Elevating DARPA’s Status as a Disruptor: Driving Government – Commercial Synergies

    Dr Fred Kennedy

    Dr Fred Kennedy, Director, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA

     

  • An overview of the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) programme and collaboration with Space Systems Loral
  • Moving from long bespoke procurement processes towards integration of commercial assets
  • Capitalising on the space ‘boom’ – exploiting new technologies whilst industry efforts remain focused in space
  • What new small satellite constellations mean for space-enabled communications
  • Strategy for greater utilisation of hosted payloads
  • Work of the Tactical Technology Office within this domain
  • 9:50 Morning Coffee

    10:10 Opening Access to Space – How Commercial Applications such as the SABRE Propulsion System Will Transform MILSATCOM

    Dr Robert Bond

    Dr Robert Bond, Head of Future Propulsion, Reaction Engines Ltd

     

  • Key features of SABRE (Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine) and what this will mean for space-faring nations
  • Moving from Concept to reality – what SABRE will mean for reusable, high cadence launch

     

  • 10:40 Session Reserved for Airbus

    11:10 Building UK Launch Capability – the Shetland Space Centre Solution

    Scott Hammond

    Scott Hammond, Programme Director, Shetland Space Centre

     

     

     

  • How the UK’s space sector has been revolutionised by the small satellite market and the growing demand for launch capability
  • Why Shetland? The unique environmental features of the location that make it ideal for space launch
  • Building a viable Space Centre in the UK
  • Future Challenges
  • 11:40 Building ‘End to End’ Launch Capability for the UK

    Mr Miles Carden

    Mr Miles Carden, Director, Spaceport Cornwall

     

  • An introduction to the Cornwall Newquay spaceport proposal and its role within the wider UK space industry framework
  • Delivering the ability to launch suborbital vehicles and satellite systems from British soil – key approaches and considerations
  • How the UK Space Industry Act is future proofing the nations status as a major global space plater
  • Building relations with leading industry stakeholders to streamline launch capability
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:10 Small Satellites and Their Role in Enhancing Defence Capability

    Mr Andrew Strain

    Mr Andrew Strain, Chief Technology Officer , Clyde Space

     

  • Clyde Space Overview
  • Recent Mission Examples
  • Commercial Market driving capability improvements
  • Applications for Defence
  • Concept Missions for Improved Defence Capability

     

  • 13:40 Session Reserved for SES Networks

    14:10 Making the Impossible Possible: Exploiting Innovative Small Satellite Systems to Revolutionise Access to Space

    Mr Andrew Vick

    Mr Andrew Vick, Head of Disruptive Technology, RAL Space

     

  • An overview of the work of RAL Space and how it fits into the wider S&T space approach
  • Disruptive technology case study: how the KA-SAT communication satellite & other constellations have transformed communication coverage
  • Analysis of the rise of cubesats – what low cost systems mean for space accessibility
  • Current R&D into cutting edge payloads – the disruptive edge to future space
  • Building ‘the triple helix’ for to enhance collaboration between industry, government and academia
  • 14:40 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 Driving Innovation in a Disruptive World – the Role of JHub in Delivering Technology Solutions for the Military Customer

    Squadron Leader Adrian Holt

    Squadron Leader Adrian Holt, Innovation Scout, JHub , UK MoD

     

  • An introduction of the work of JHub and its function in generating new ideas and solutions for the MoD
  • JHub in action: case studies on optimising bandwidth and network centric capability through space-based enablers
  • Exploring innovative solutions for effective and holistic cyber-security for military communications
  • From multi-nationals to start ups - how JHub has built synergies with industry across the spectrum
  • How to adapt procurement processes to adopt new technologies and systems in months rather than years

     

  • 15:30 Hosted Payload: Leveraging the Exponentially Increasing Capabilities of Small Satellites

    Ms Theresa Condor

    Ms Theresa Condor, Executive Vice President Corporate Development, Spire Global

     

  • Talk about small satellites is at an all-time high, but now evidence exists that their technical capability is reaching exponential levels of development. Increases in power availability and down-link capability combined with satellite bus and ground segment maturity are breeding a large number of new applications. Seeded by both government-funded and commercial projects, the hosted payload capabilities of small satellites are quite literally taking off.
  • 16:00 Satellite Regulation in the New Space Era – What Small Satellites and Disruptive Technologies Mean for Communications

    Mr Jose Albuquerque

    Mr Jose Albuquerque, Chief, Satellite Division, Federal Communications Commission

     

     

     
  • Promoting competitive and innovative global communication markets – providing flexible oversight of the sector
  • What small satellite launches mean for the space sector
  • Developing the effective use of frequency bands for domestic spectrum management
  • How to regulate space going forward: avoiding contested, competitive and congested through effective regulation of cubesats
  • How nano-satellites present greater risk of collision and how to enhance global communication coverage through mitigation of their use
  • Where next for space? The legal and regulatory framework for the next-generation of systems
     
  • 16:30 ASEAN’s Way to Space – Delivering the Next Generation of Launch Capability in Southeast Asia

    Mr Simon Gwozdz

    Mr Simon Gwozdz, CEO and Founder, Equatorial Space Industries

     

  • Current satellite coverage within Southeast Asia and the growing data demands of the region
  • The Volans Block I - exploiting hybrid launch capability to deliver LEO payloads
  • The advantage of nanosats - why 35-70kg payloads offer the optimum flexibility for extensive constellation coverage
  • From equatorial to polar: exploring launch options and orbit solutions
  • Moving towards low cost hosted payloads for military end users - why governments are becoming increasingly dependant on commercial providers
  • What next for Equatorial Space Industries, meeting region demand over the next decade
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Former SO2 Space Operations, UK MOD

    19:00 Pre-Conference Gala Dinner (Invitation Only) Sponsored by Lockheed Martin

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Dr Fred Kennedy

    Dr Fred Kennedy

    Director, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA
    Mr Luis Gomes

    Mr Luis Gomes

    Chief Technical Officer, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited

    Dr Fred Kennedy

    Director, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA
    Dr Fred Kennedy

    Dr Robert Bond

    Head of Future Propulsion, Reaction Engines Ltd
    Dr Robert Bond

    Mr Andrew Strain

    Chief Technology Officer , Clyde Space
    Mr Andrew Strain

    Mr Andrew Vick

    Head of Disruptive Technology, RAL Space
    Mr Andrew Vick

    Mr Jose Albuquerque

    Chief, Satellite Division, Federal Communications Commission
    Mr Jose Albuquerque

    Mr Luis Gomes

    Chief Technical Officer, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited
    Mr Luis Gomes

    Mr Miles Carden

    Director, Spaceport Cornwall
    Mr Miles Carden

    Mr Simon Gwozdz

    CEO and Founder, Equatorial Space Industries
    Mr Simon Gwozdz

    Ms Theresa Condor

    Executive Vice President Corporate Development, Spire Global
    Ms Theresa Condor

    Scott Hammond

    Programme Director, Shetland Space Centre
    Scott Hammond

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Former SO2 Space Operations, UK MOD
    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader Adrian Holt

    Innovation Scout, JHub , UK MoD
    Squadron Leader Adrian Holt

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