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SMi Group is proud to announce the 14th annual Military Space Situational Awareness Conference taking place on the 1st and 2nd April 2019 in London, UK.

As space has become more contested, congested and competitive the need to maintain effective situational awareness in the 4th domain is more critical than ever. With this in mind, SMi are set to host the Military SSA forum to bring together key stakeholders across the military, government and industry sectors to discuss approaches and strategies for providing a holistic approach to Space Situational Awareness (SSA).

Exploring space debris, space surveillance and tracking (SST), space weather, the impact of new mega-constellations and international partnerships in space – this remains a key calendar date for anyone involved in the satellite sector.

Featuring 120+ attendees, 7+ hours of networking and an extensive exhibition space – once again this year’s conference will also provide unparalleled chance to meet and greet all the key players in this important domain.

  • Discuss how mega-constellations in LEO will influence space traffic management and key priorities for space debris mitigation and removal
  • Learn about key topics within the SSA community including the impact of space weather, future space requirements, cataloguing of artificial satellites, sensor system integration and planetary defense
  • Hear from key allied nations on how international partnerships are being developed to maximise domain awareness
  • Heads of National and International SSA Programmes
  • Space Programme Managers
  • Heads of Space Operations Centres
  • SSA technical instructors
  • Principle scientists
  • Head of Space security
  • Aerospace Engineers
  • Strategic Analysts involved with Space Surveillance and Tracking
  • Military Space Security Advisors
  • Military Space Business Development Leads
  • Senior Space Researchers
  • Mission Leaders

AFSPC SMC/SYG; Air Attache's Office- Embassy of Brazil; Airbus Defence & Space; Airbus Defence and space; Applied Defence System; Applied Defense Solutions; Applied Space Solutions Limited; Astro- und Feinwerktechnik Adlershof GmbH; Astroscale; Austrian Armed Forces; Baader Planetarium GMBH; Beijing Institute of Space Science & Technology; Canadian Armed Forces; CDTI; China Academy of Space Technology; CNES – Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales ; Defense Intelligence Agency; DigitalGlobe; DSTL; EU SatCen; European Space Agency; European Space Agency (E S A); European Space Policy Institute; Exoanalytic Solutions; FMV (Swedish Defence Material Administration); FOI; French Joint Space Command; GMV Aerospace and Defence S.A.U.; Harris Corporation; Italian Ministry of Defence; Kratos RT Logic; L-3 Communications ASA Ltd Rusint House; LeoLabs, Inc.; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.; MacDonald Detwiler Associates; MCC Corporation; MDA; Measat Satellite Systems; Measat Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd.; Met Office; Ministry of Defence Germany; Ministry of Defence UK; Ministry of Defence, UK; MoD ; Northumbria University; Omitron Inc; Omitron, Inc.; Oneweb; PlaneWave Instruments; Polish Space Agency; RAF; Raft Systems Limited; Raytheon; Raytheon Company; Roke Manor Research Ltd; Royal Air Force; Royal Australian Air Force; Royal Thai Air Force; RT Logic; Saab AB; Salamanca Group; SciSys UK Ltd; Secretary of the Air Force, Space Acquisition; Secure World Foundation; Seradata Limited; Serco Group plc; Shephard Media; SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation; SSCL; STFC, RAL; Swedish Defence Research Agency; Sybilla Technologies Sp. z o.o.; Thales ; Thales Alenia Space UK Ltd; The Boeing Company; The Harris Corporation; Turkish Air Forces ; UK MOD; UK Space Agency; University of Bern; University of Surrey; University of Vienna; US Air Force Space Command; US DOD; XTAR;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Associate & Founder, Reflecting Space

9:00 The RAF’s Approach to Space Situational Awareness

 

 

 

  • Current doctrinal approach to space traffic management and what the growing utilisation of satellite constellations mean for these principals
  • Scope of the UK’s space operations: SATCOM, PNT and EO
  • Organisational structure of the MoD and how the UK SpOCC is integrated to the RAF’s management of space at the operational and tactical levels
  • Friendly asset communication as a means to mitigate vulnerabilities
  • Overcoming the hazards of space: near earth objects and space weather
  • Group Captain Rayna Owens

    Group Captain Rayna Owens, DACOS Capability Space, Royal Air Force

    9:30 Debris Mitigation and Future Space Responsibilities

    Mr Sean Goldsbrough

    Mr Sean Goldsbrough, Senior Orbital Analyst, UK Space Agency

     

  • Coordination of national and international level to reach debris mitigation solutions
  • Membership of the Inter Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC)
  • Re-entry prediction and SSA and utilisation of the Starbrook system for satellite monitoring
  • Work with Cranfield University to develop engeneering solutions to disposing spacecraft at end of life
  • Ensuring the satellites don’t become debris throughout their orbital lifetime
  • Future responsibilities to ensure a coherent approach to space management
  • 10:00 Session Reserved For Gold Sponsor ExoAnalytic

    Mr Douglas Hendrix

    Mr Douglas Hendrix, CEO, ExoAnalytic Solutions

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Dstl Activities in SSA

    Mr Simon George

    Mr Simon George, Senior Scientist, DSTL
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  • S&T approaches to overcoming future SSA challenges
  • The future space environment and population
  • The Daedalus experiment – providing a low-cost alternative to de-orbiting and preventing space debris (including outcomes from the RemoveDebris mission)
  • Analysis of LEO and MEO orbit structures and its importance in determining future launch patterns
  • Ground-based surveillance and its role in monitoring space congestion
  • Building a collaborative approach to UK space domain awareness
  • 11:30 Session Reserved For Sponsor

    12:00 Space Weather : Developments in Understanding and Mitigating the Risk

    Ms Catherine Burnett

    Ms Catherine Burnett, Space Weather Programme Manager, Met Office
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  • Improving society’s understanding of the GNSS dependency underpinning all technology.
  • Measuring and modelling atmospheric disturbances
  • Forecasting space weather impacts on GNSS
  • Future requirements for mitigating the space weather risk
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Developing the Pan-European Space Registry

     

     

     

  • Current tracking and surveillance tools for space debris and how the new registry will expand capability for partner nations
  • Key challenges to overcome in implementing a new space catalogue on the European level
  • What sensor systems need to be integrated to the project to build a holistic situational awareness
  • The UK contribution to the catalogue and current timelines for implementation
  • How collaboration is set to continue moving forward
  • Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Associate & Founder, Reflecting Space

    Dr Stuart Eves

    Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space
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    Mr Sean Goldsbrough

    Mr Sean Goldsbrough, Senior Orbital Analyst, UK Space Agency

    Mr Tim Flohrer

    Mr Tim Flohrer, Head of SSA-SST, European Space Agency

    14:15 Policy and Management of Australia’s SSA Programme

    Session Reserved For

    Session Reserved For, Senior Officer, Royal Australian Air Force

     

     

     

  • An introduction to the RAAF’s space programme and why SSA remains critical to safely operate in space
  • Current ground-based infrastructure for SST and where capability needs to be enhanced
  • Collaboration with the Australian Space Operations Centre and other partner agencies
  • Monitoring space weather and integrating it into orbit management solutions
  • Key cooperation with allied partners to build SSA catalogues and develop a holistic understanding of space
  • The role of space surveillance for both debris mitigation and air missile defence
  • What next for Australian space programme?
  • 14:45 German SST – Exploiting Data Gather Nodes to Build Comprehensive SSA

     

     

     

  • The current space situation: growing traffic and debris as obstacles to overcome
  • Realising plans to acquire space SSA capability to maintain assurance of space assets
  • Military and civilian input into the German Space Situational Awareness Centre (GSSAC)
  • Multi-purpose data gathering in space – the role of satellite systems in providing early warning for missile defence
  • Utilising ground based assets such as GESTRA – SST tracking radar
  • Optical sensors specifications and requirements for future systems
  • Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Gross

    Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Gross, Section for Security Policy, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

    Ms Maria Piera Padula

    Ms Maria Piera Padula, Space Surveillance and Tracking, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

    14:45 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 Polish Space Domain Awareness and System Architectures

    Colonel Rafal Borek

    Colonel Rafal Borek, Chief of Section, Defence Projects, Polish Space Agency
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  • Timeline for joining the European Union Surveillance and Tracking (SST) Support Framework Initiative
  • Defining the possibilities and conditions for realisation of works related to space domain awareness
  • Collaborating with the Armed Forces to ensure that space capabilities meet future SATCOM and EO requirements
  • Polish radar technology and recommendations following the recent acquisition from PZL Warszawa-Okecie
  • Utilising multi-wavelength spectroscopy and monitoring systems to maximise SSA
  • 16:15 Space Traffic Management for Space Assets in Arctic Orbit

    Lieutenant Colonel John Birkeland

    Lieutenant Colonel John Birkeland, Senior Staff Officer, SSA, Norwegian MOD
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  • Brief introduction to Norwegian space history and its use of SATCOM in high north and arctic environments
  • What being a leading space nation in the arctic involves and how it fits into cross sector requirements for the region
  • Unique orbit requirements to maintain SATCOM and EO capabilities in these areas
  • International cooperation and collaboration to support allied nations in the north
  • Space traffic management for satellites deployed in these orbit arcs – key considerations
  • Final concluding comments
  • 16:45 The Facets of Effective Space Domain Awareness

     

     

     

  • What space weather systems & debris mean for managing the increasingly congested orbit structures around earth
  • Working with key US partners within the L5 mission to maximise space monitoring
  • The role of SSA within planetary defence and liaising with military partners to protect against near-earth objects
  • Current ESA projects building SST capability
  • Mr Tim Flohrer

    Mr Tim Flohrer, Head of SSA-SST, European Space Agency

    17:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Ms Deanna Ryals, Chief of International MilSatCom, Space and Missile Systems Centre, U.S. Air Force
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    9:00 Keynote Address: International Collaboration and Data Sharing as a Means to Enhance Space Situational Awareness

    Rear Admiral Richard Correll

    Rear Admiral Richard Correll, Director, Plans and Policy, J5, US STRATCOM
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  • The role and remit of USSTRATCOM within the wider US defence structure and its current approach to space management
  • Why SSA is important: satellite manoeuvre planning and decommissioning activities
  • Building cooperation and partnerships to maintain effective space situational awareness
  • SSA data sharing agreements: the recent introduction of Brazil into an MOU with US STRATCOM
  • Fostering the sustainable use of outer space & optimising future space safety
  • 9:30 Functional SSA as Part of the National Space Strategy

     

     

     

  • An overview of the US DoD space structure and how the respective departments feed into a unified space vision
  • Driving a unified approach to the 4th domain through collaboration with industry and allied partners
  • The US space surveillance network: how the future space fence will enhance ground-based SST
  • Processing, exploitation and dissemination of data – how to integrate non-traditional information sets
  • What SSA means for safely deploying in orbit
  • How collaboration can help us overcome the challenges of operating in a congested domain
  • Lieutentant Colonel Mia Walsh

    Lieutentant Colonel Mia Walsh, Commander 18th Space Control Squadron, US Air Force

    10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Partnering with Industry to Meet the SSA Requirements of the Future

    Colonel Jeffrey Collins

    Colonel Jeffrey Collins, Director Air Force CyberWorx, US Air Force
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  • What is CyberWorx? An introduction to the organisation and how it fits within the wider DoD structure
  • Facilitating novel design approaches to data/cyberspace infrastructure
  • Feedback from the 2017 industry-government collaboration to identify future experimentation paths & creation of unity of effort
  • Utilising data collected by commercial, academic and partner governments to build a more holistic picture of space
  • How the CyberWorx model might be replicated in other militaries
  • 11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:00 Space Surveillance and Tracking Research and Development

    Dr Francis Chun

    Dr Francis Chun, Director, Center for Space Situational Awareness Research, United States Air Force Academy
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  • Detecting, tracking, identifying and characterising space objects – what SST is and what it means for situational awareness
  • Developing novel techniques to characterise satellites from point source images
  • How to enhance R&D in SSA moving forward
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 SST – a strategic opportunity for Italy in the frame of the “Space Strategy for Europe”

    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei

    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei, Head of Space Strategy and Operations Office, Air Force Staff, Italian Air Force

     

  • An overview of the current Italian space efforts and how they feed into the wider defence strategy
  • Refuelling for in-orbit assets: current responsibilities and engineering challenges
  • Debris removal: domain ownership and future priorities in the era of growing space congestion
  • Integrating De-orbiting techniques for redundant satellite into initial design
  • Life extension for satellite constellations in service – maximising asset utility moving forward
  • 14:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    14:30 Royal Netherlands Air Force Space Status Update

    Captain Petra Wijnja

    Captain Petra Wijnja, Head Space Security Center, Royal Netherlands Air Force
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  • Monitoring space weather to optimise asset deployment and safeguard critical infrastructure – products and projects
  • Ground based space surveillance and tracking projects, results and ambitions
  • Development of Space Operations within the NL MoD and cooperation with other nations and entities
  • RNLAF focus to develop its space capabilities for the future
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 Building a Recognized Space Picture for the Swedish Armed Forces

    Kristofer Hallgren

    Kristofer Hallgren, Senior Analyst, FOI
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  • A recognized space picture for Sweden, what does it look like, why do we need it and how can we use it?
  • Challenges in bringing different actors together for a collaborative effort.
  • SSA as a tool to maintain peaceful, secure and sustainable space activities
  • 16:00 Algorithm Tools for Space Surveillance and Tracking

    Dr Roberto Armellin

    Dr Roberto Armellin, Senior Lecturer in Spacecraft Dynamics , Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey
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  • Developing efficient methods for short-term and long-term orbit propagation and its application for debris environment modelling
  • An algebra-based sampling method to measure near-earth objects
  • Performance and assessment of multi-beam radar sensors for SST
  • Long term techniques for maintaining effective data sets on orbital objects
  • Optical observations at short arcs – utilising predication tools
  • 16:30 Global Trends in SSA and STM

    Ms Bhavya Lal

    Ms Bhavya Lal, Researcher, Institute for Defense Analyses

  • The domain we operate in: an increasingly congested, driven by an increase in the number of active satellites and human-made orbital space debris
  • Determining whether collisions with other objects are imminent, communicating that information to stakeholders, and developing regimes for ensuring safety of space flight
  • SSA provision by the US DoD and civil government agencies
  • Future approaches to SSA – anticipating developments in the next 20 years
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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