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Returning for its fourth year, Global MilSatCom will once again host a dedicated pre-conference focus day exploring Small Satellites, future launch and disruptive approaches to technology development. Bringing together key organisations within the small satellite ecosystem, those at the cutting edge of future R&D and government end users – this focus day will provide a holistic overview of emerging new space.

As the first mega-constellations come online, how this key technology will revolutionise connectivity on terra firma remains a key question for space professionals. Delving in depth to key topics such as future launch, rapid acquisition approaches, space propulsion, LEO networks, HAPS/HALE and more this year’s focus day is sure to be an unmissable introduction to the world of SATCOM and a critical diary date for anyone looking to explore the next generation of space technologies
 

<p>MOD ISS ; Actia Telecom; Advanced Stabilized Technologies Group; Advantech Wireless; Aetheric Engineering Ltd; AFSPC Commercial Satellite Communications Office, USAF; AFSPC Space and Missile Systems Center, USAF; AFSPC/SMC; Aicox Soluciones S.A.; Airbus; Airbus Defence &amp; Space; Airbus Defence &amp; Space Inc; Airbus Defence and Space; Airbus Defence and Space Ltd; Airbus Defence and Space SAS ; Airbus Group; Airbus OneWeb Satellites; AIRBUS U.S. Space and Defense Inc; AQYR; Arabsat; Arianespace; Armada; Australian Department Of Defence; Australian Department of Defence / Joint Capabilities Group; Avanti Communications; Avascent; Avidonn Consulting; Baader Planetarium GMBH; Babcock; Babcock International ; BAE Systems; BAE Systems (Applied Intelligence); Belcastel Space Consulting; Boeing Defence Australia; Brazilian Air Force; Brazilian Armed Forces; Brazilian Army; BT; Cabinet Office of Japan; Callisto; Canadian Armed Forces; CAST; CCISE, Brazilian MOD; CGI; Chilean Air Force; China Aerospace Studies Institute ; CIS Agency of Czech MOD; CITC; Clearbox Systems; Collins Aerospace; Comsat; Comtech EF Data; CPI Satcom Division ; Cubic Mission Solutions; Cubic Nuvotronics; Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation; DataPath; Defence Science and Technology; Defence Space Administration; Defense Communication Command, Republic of Korea Armed Forces; Deloitte; Department of International Trade; Descartes Labs Inc; DGA; DISA; DLR; Dstl; Egyptian Armed Forces; EM Solutions; Embassy of Ukraine; ETL Systems Ltd; European Space Agency ; Eutelsat; Eutelsat America Corporation; Eutelsat S A; Eutelsat UK Ltd; Evistacom LLC; ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc; Finnish Defence Forces ; FMV; French Armed Forces; French Embassy DGA; French Joint Space Command; General Dynamics Ltd.; General Dynamics Mission Systems; GetSat; Gilat Satellite Networks; Global Military Communications; GovSat; Grimes, McGovern &amp; Associates; Hellas Sat; High Capabilities Technologies (H I C A P); HISDESAT; HMGCC; HUGHES NETWOKS SYSTEMS ; Hughes Network Systems; Hytec Inter Co Ltd; iDirect ; iDirect Europe ; IHS Jane's; Indian Space Research Organisation; Inmarsat; Inmarsat, Inc; Inster; Institute For Defense Analyses; Integrasys; Intellian Technologies; Intelsat; Intelsat General; Isotropic Systems; ISS, MOD Corsham; ISS, UK MOD; Italian Defence General Staff; Italian Defense General Staff; iTrinegy Ltd; JFC Cap C4ISR; JFC, UK MOD; Joint Forces Command HQ; JSAT International Inc; Kratos; Kratos ; Kymeta; Kymeta Corporation; L3 GCS; L3 Technologies; L3Harris; Leidos; Leonardo DRS; LinQuest Corp; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Luxembourg Directorate of Defence; LuxGovSat; Marlink; MBDA UK Ltd; MCC Corporation; Media Broadcast Satellite Gmbh; Methera Global Communications; Ministry of Defence, UK; Mission Microwave; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; MoD ISS; National Centre for Space Studies (CNES); National Information Agency (NIC); NATO ACT; NATO Allied Maritime Command; NATO Communications and Informations Agency (NCIA); NATO HQ; NATO HQ MARCOM; NATO Special Operations HQ; ND SatCom; NDMA; NEC Corporation; Netherlands Defense Materiel Organization; Netherlands Ministry of Defence; New Zealand Defence Force; Newtec; NIWC/TPO/STF, Ltd; Northern Sky Research, LLC; Northern Space &amp; Security Ltd; Northrop Grumman; Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems; Norwegian Cyberdefence; Norwegian MOD; Novelsat; NSSI; NSSL; NSSL Global Ltd; NSSLGlobal Ltd; Nuvotronics; OHB System; OneWeb; Optus Major City Earth Station; Optus Satellite; Over Horizon AB; PA Consulting Group; Paradigm ; PlaneWave Instruments ; Plexus Corp; Polish National Cyber Security Center; RAF; Raytheon; Raytheon Company; Raytheon SAS; Raytheon Systems Limited; Raytheon UK; Reflex Photonics; Renaissance Strategic Advisors; ReQu Tech; ReQuTech; RHEA Group; Rockwell Colllins; Romanian Defence Staff; Royal Air Force; Royal Navy; Royal Saudi Naval Forces; SAE International; Safran; Santander Teleport; SAPNS2 - APEX; SatADSL S.A; SAVI, LLC; SciSys UK Ltd; Semper Fortis Solutions; Seraphim Capital; Serco Ltd; Services Sound &amp; Vision Corporation Media Innovation; SES; SES Government Solutions; SES Government Systems; SES Networks; Shetland Space Centre ; Signal Branch; SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation; Skyrora; SNXP Ltd; Space and Missile Systems Center; Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), US Space Force; Space Intel Report ; Space Norway; Space Vehicles Directorate; Spacecom; SpaceNews, Inc; Special Aerospace Services; Spectra Group; Speedcast; SRT Wireless, LLC; SSC Space UK; Stellar Solutions Aerospace Ltd.; Strategic Affairs Secretariat - Presidency of Brazil; SurCom International; Swedish Armed Forces; Tampa Microwave; Teledyne Paradise Datacom ; Telesat; Telespazio; Telespazio France; Telespazio S.p.A.; Teletimes Media LLC.; Terrasat Communications Inc; Thales Alenia Space; Thales Alenia Space UK Ltd; Thales Communications &amp; Security; Thales Communications &amp; Security S.A; Thales UK; The Aerospace Corporation; The Aerospace International Research Center GmbH ; The Genus Group; The Gund Company; The Traville Group; Third Sales Division; Trans Capital Air Ltd.; TURKSAT AS; UAE GHQ; UK Defence Solutions Centre (UK DSC); UK Ministry of Defence; UK MOD; UK Space Agency; UKDSC; UltiSat, Inc.; Ultra Electronics GIGASAT; United States Air Force; University Of Bristol; University of Strathclyde; US AFRICOM; US Air Force; US Air Force SMC/MCX; US DOD; USAF; USAF, Space and Missile Systems Center; USAF/AFSPC/Space and Missile Systems Center; USSOCOM J636 ; Viasat ; ViaSat Communications Inc; ViaSat UK Ltd; ViaSat, Inc.; Virgin Orbit; VOX Space; VT iDirect Inc; Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems; XTAR;</p>
 

Focus Day programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd

9:00 Code. Deploy. Win. Utilising Disruptive Technology to Deliver Combat Capability

Colonel Bill Waynick

Colonel Bill Waynick, Director, AFWERX, US Air Force (Subject to Final Confirmation)

  • An introduction to AFWERX – organisation structure, aims and ambitions
  • Backend considerations for new space technologies: user centric design and continuous feedback and learning
  • Movement towards software defined capability as a benchmark for standardisation
  • Priorities for the development of novel capabilities and where the air force can support in-house R&D
  • 9:40 Space Safety and Small Sats

    Dr Chiara Manfletti

    Dr Chiara Manfletti, President of Portugal Space, Portugal Space
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  • Standing up of the Portuguese Space Agency and satellite strategy
  • The Blue Worlds vision and its implementation
  • Space Safety as a priority of the public and private sectors
  • 10:20 Trends in Future Space: Industry Ecosystems for Small Satellites

    Mr Mark Boggett

    Mr Mark Boggett, CEO, Seraphim Capital
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  • Seraphim space’s portfolio and approach to technology incubation
  • Standardisation as a key to growth: where hosted payloads and software defined infrastructure can support capability development
  • What the mega-constellations and new launch mean for the small satellite market
  • The UK’s start-up ecosystem: where accelerators and government support can help develop space innovation

     

  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 PANEL: Sovereign Launch Capability for the UK: Key Considerations for Site Development

  • Considering launch shelfs and access to key orbital slots across the UK
  • Vertical and horizontal launch options for the UK: what advantages two and one stage options provide for sites
  • Regulatory frameworks for spaceports – meeting environmental and planning priorities within the new sites
  • What the Space Industry Act 2018 provided for site development and where this can be enhanced
  • Final concluding thoughts from the panellists

     

  • Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd

    Ms Yvette Hopkins

    Ms Yvette Hopkins, Director of Operations, Shetland Space Centre

    Mr Miles Carden

    Mr Miles Carden , Director, Spaceport Cornwall
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    12:15 Overview of Electrical Propulsion Activities at CNES

    Mr Thomas Lienart

    Mr Thomas Lienart, Head of the Propulsion, Pyrotechnics and Aerothermodynamics Office, CNES
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  • An introduction to department technical support for launch operations
  • Electrical propulsion and software modelling for re-entry of deorbited satellites
  • What future propulsion options mean for future access to orbital planes
  • R&D with green micro propellants and pyrotechnic components

     

  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 LEO Satellite Market Trends and Opportunity Areas

    Ms Cynthia Bouthot

    Ms Cynthia Bouthot, President, Space Commerce Matters
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  • Rideshare programmes as a means to ease launch bottlenecks for LEO
  • Making LEO commercially viable: integration with HAPs to provide persistent capability
  • Sustainable operation in LEO: how providers are viewing SSA
  • Trends for LEO satellite manufacturing and market analysis
  • Final concluding comments
  • 14:40 Developing Industry Standards for the Space and Satellite Community

    Mr David K. Bain

    Mr David K. Bain, Vice President, Standards , Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)

  • GEO and LEO communications standards – key considerations
  • Work on autonomous applications SATCOM requirements
  • Ground segment: data centre and tower standards and ensuring this supports mesh capability with satellites
  • Standards for the mega-constellations – laser communications for network connectivity
     
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Enhancing Access to Space: Precious Payload

    Mr Andrey Maksimov

    Mr Andrey Maksimov, CEO and Co-Founder, Precious Payload

  • Software driven approaches to space launch
  • How hosted payloads as a means to support the small satellites industry
  • Where previous payload can enable launch capability for nations without sovereign infrastructure
  • Maintaining ITAR compliance for satellite technology
     
  • 16:30 ONR Global and Introduction to Key Programmes

    Dr Rhett Jefferies

    Dr Rhett Jefferies, Technical Director, Office of Naval Research Global
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  • Key requirements unique from a naval perspective
  • Updates on programmes to rapidly delivery technology to the warfighter
  • Collaboration with UK MoD, industry and academic partners

     

  • 17:10 Digital Transformation for the MoD

    Mr Edward Greig

    Mr Edward Greig, Chief Disruptor, Deloitte
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  • Falling in love with the problem, not the solution – focusing on end user experience
  • Application of digital transformation to procurement processes within the MoD
  • Changing mindsets in approach and enabling rapid capability development 
  • 17:50 Space in a New Era of Great Power Competition

    Dr Mir Sadat

    Dr Mir Sadat, Former Director, Executive Office of the President / The White House
    View Bio

  • Normalizing the Space Domain
  • Evolving Space Policies to keep up with Commercial, Civil & National Security advancements
  • Establishing New International Space Norms of Behaviors, Rules and Law
  • Protecting US and Allied/Partner Space Industrial Bases
     
  • 18:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd

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    Eutelsat

    Silver Sponsor
    http://www.eutelsat.com

    Eutelsat is one of the world's leading and most experienced satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients from Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to connect their customers, irrespective of their location. 7,000 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat’s workforce of 1,000 men and women from 46 countries are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service. For more about Eutelsat go to www.eutelsat.com

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    GovSat

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    http://www.govsat.lu

    GovSat is a Luxembourg-based satellite operator. Its mission is to provide secure, reliable and accessible governmental satellite communication services to address the demand resulting from defence and institutional security applications. Its first satellite, GovSat-1, is a multi-mission satellite using X-band and Military Ka-band frequencies on high-power and fully steerable mission beams.


    Inmarsat

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    http://www.inmarsat.com/government

    Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s leading portfolio of global satellite networks, specifically designed for customer mobility. Inmarsat holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite networks, sustaining business and mission critical secure, safety & operational applications for 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners. In the Government sector, Inmarsat is proud to be the leading commercial satcoms partner to the “5-Eyes” nations (USA, UK, Canada, Australia, & New Zealand). The company is also trusted by over 80 other Governments around the world to provide secure, mission critical connectivity services.


    Kratos

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    www.kratosdefense.com/products/space

    Kratos helps ensure customers are “Ready for What’s Next” in the rapidly changing satellite industry by improving operational efficiencies and managing the complexities enabling a dynamic ground. From RF interference mitigation and cancellation, end-to-end network management, signal processing, to command & control, Kratos products and services are used by more than 80 percent of the world’s satellite operators and 90 percent of U.S.-based space missions. Kratos develops, integrates and sustains technology ensuring space communications superiority.


    Lockheed Martin

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    http://www.lockheedmartin.com

    Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.


    Northrop Grumman Corporation

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    http://www.northropgrumman.com

    Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit news.northropgrumman.com and follow us on Twitter, @NGCNews, for more information.


    ST Engineering iDirect

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    http://www.idirect.net

    ST Engineering iDirect is a global leader in satellite communications providing technology and solutions that enable its customers to optimize their networks, differentiate their services and profitably expand their businesses. With the acquisition of Newtec, a recognized industry pioneer, the combined business unites over 35 years of innovation focused on solving satellite’s most critical economic and technology challenges, and expands a shared commitment to shaping the future of how the world connects. The product portfolio, branded under the names iDirect and Newtec, represents the highest standards in performance, efficiency and reliability, making it possible for its customers to deliver the best connectivity experience anywhere in the world. ST Engineering iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer and is the leader in key industries including broadcast, mobility and military/government. In 2007, iDirect Government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities. For more information on iDirect platforms please visit www.idirect.net. For Newtec platforms please visit www.newtec.eu.


    Telesat

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    http://www.telesat.com

    Backed by a legacy of engineering excellence, reliability and industry-leading customer service, Telesat has grown to be one of the largest and most successful global satellite operators. Telesat LEO, scheduled to begin service in 2022, will revolutionize global broadband connectivity with high capacity, low latency, affordability and fiber-like speeds.


    Thales

    Sponsors
    http://www.thalesgroup.com

    In a world that is increasingly mobile, interconnected and interdependent, the security of people and goods, infrastructure and nations depends on leaders and organisations and their ability to decide and act in a timely fashion and obtain the best outcomes. In the markets that Thales serves - defence, security, space, aerospace and ground transportation - these decisions are often of critical importance. Navy, army and air force commanders, as well as air traffic controllers, policymakers and infrastructure operators, face these critical decisions and need full, relevant and reliable information to understand the situation and make the right choices


    Viasat

    Sponsors
    http://www.viasat.com

    At Viasat, we’re driven to connect every warfighter, platform, and node in the battlespace. As a global communications company, we power millions of fast, resilient connections for military forces around the world – connections with the capacity to transform the mission – in the air, on the ground, and at sea. Our customers depend on us for connectivity that counts, whether we’re securing the U.S. Government’s networks, delivering satellite and wireless communications to the remote edges of the battlespace, or providing senior leaders with the ability to perform mission-critical communications while in flight. We’re driven to redefine connectivity for the battlespace.

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    Hytec Inter

    Exhibitors
    http://www.hytec.co.jp/english

    Hytec Inter provides solutions for streaming live video over bandwidth constrained networks. Powered by our unique video codec HEVC-ULC, we make it possible to deliver critical video feeds stably over Tactical IP radio, 3G/LTE or satellite links. Our solutions have been developed for applications in defence, disaster relief, SAR and border control.


    Inster

    Exhibitors
    http://www.inster.es

    Inster designs and manufactures reliable SATCOM equipment for military satellite communications where the mobility and portability are the key factors: • High efficiency Low profile SOTM and Manpack Terminals based in phase array technology. • Highly Portable Tactical Satcom Terminals with rapid and accurate auto-acquisition in backpack and single case configurations.


    Marlink

    Exhibitors
    http://www.marlink.com

    Marlink is the world's leading provider of satellite communications, serving European and international militaries and government institutions. We keep remote operations connected with customised, multi-band satellite solutions seamlessly integrated with terrestrial technologies to deliver near 100% service availability. We complement this with advanced tracking and security solutions, welfare communications, telemedicine solutions and unique value-added services for efficient operations.


    Media Broadcast Satellite

    Exhibitors
    http://www.mb-satellite.com

    Media Broadcast Satellite (MBS) is a communication solutions provider & integrator and operator of Germany’s largest teleport. Since the 1970s, MBS has provided dedicated services to government and enterprise users via its extensive and fully owned teleport facility. With up to 135 active antennas and a 24/7 manned Network Operations Center (NOC), MBS enables connectivity in government use frequency bands (X-band & MIL Ka-band) as well as commercial bands (C-, Ku- and Ka-Band). In addition to satellite, MBS also utilizes radio, mobile and fiber connectivity. This enables an array of applications such as: · Connectivity for theatres of operation · Interconnection and interoperability of institutional or defence sites/network entities · Command & control (C2) · Intelligence · Surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) · SOF missions · Communications-on-the-move/pause for land, air and maritime missions From our MBS Teleport in Usingen near Frankfurt, customers can reach regions across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the American continent with maritime coverage for the Atlantic, Baltic, Mediterranean and Indian Oceans. Dedicated to governmental and institutional users, MBS features high-availability, EU/US security compliant and ISO27001 (cyber security) certified infrastructure and services, ranging from military-off-the-shelf services to fully managed and mission tailored communication solutions. We have over 40 years of experience in satellite communication combined with our comprehensive application and hardware know-how. MBS is customer-centric and translates user demands into agile, secure and robust communication solutions. We are proud of our high-quality services “Made in Usingen/Germany”. This quality is reinforced by our own team of engineers that are dedicated to the support of our customers at all stages of their mission, product and/or service life cycle. For more information please visit: www.mb-satellite.com Media Broadcast Satellite – 40 years of excellence in communication


    ND SATCOM

    Exhibitors
    http://www.ndsatcom.com

    With over three decades of experience, ND SATCOM is the premier supplier of and integrator for innovative satellite communication equipment systems and solutions to support customers with critical operations anywhere in the world. Customers in more than 130 countries have chosen ND SATCOM as a trusted and reliable source of high-quality and secure turnkey and custom system-engineered communication solutions. The company’s products and solutions are used in more than 200 transnational networks in government, military, telecom and broadcast environments.

    ND SATCOM’s flagship product, the SKYWAN platform, enables international users to communicate securely, effectively and quickly over satellite.



    XTAR, LLC

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    http://www.xtar.com/

    XTAR, LLC is a privately owned satellite operator delivering X-band services to U.S. and Allied government users. XTAR’s two satellite payloads, with high-powered global, fixed and steerable spot beams, are WGS-compatible and readily support mobile applications in the harshest environments. Available coverage is from Denver east to Singapore.

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