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Space Situational Awareness remains a key priority for armed forces capable of operating above the Earth. Space is now extremely contested, congested and competitive as more and more countries and organisation gain access to space technology. However, high amounts of orbiting traffic is not the only threat; space weather, debris and ground based electronic and cyber threats could also have a massive impact on our operations by disrupting satellite activity and therefore military ability on the ground. These threats need to be fully understood before we can overcome them.

Therefore SMi is proud to announce that it will be hosting its 12th annual Military Space Situational Awareness conference which will return to London in early April to provide the best forum to discuss the key priorities that will enable nations to maintain a strong presence in Earth's Orbit.

  • Building on the success of last year we will return to focus on SSA; learn from the leading nations in this field how they continue to enhance the security of space infrastructure through Domain Awareness technologies
  • Discuss key topics that affect space situational awareness; from space-borne and ground-based sensors to effective information management systems
  • Gain a unique insight in to the challenges we face beyond our atmosphere and how defence forces and industry are striving overcome them.
  • Information sharing and international collaboration continues to be a key challenge; engage with potential industrial and military partners to gain a better awareness of space activity
  • 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

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Allen Antrobus

Allen Antrobus, Space Security Delivery Manager, UK Space Agency

9:10 Keynote Briefing: Recent Changes in British Military Space Doctrine Enabling Greater SSA Capacity

Wing Commander Rayna Owens

Wing Commander Rayna Owens, AS Strat 4, Ministry of Defence UK

  • Overview of the Strategic Defence Review 2015 and how this will affect UK SSA Capability
  • How this will turn affect the National Space industry in light of more affordable space technologies
  • Space Control is the key: how denial of service is mitigate through indigenous capacity as well as international collaboration
     
  • 9:50 Looking to Future SSA Technologies and How They Will Continue to Ensure US Supremacy in Space

    Major General Roger Teague

    Major General Roger Teague, Director, Space Programmes, US Air Force

  • How recent acquisitions are already developing American SSA capabilities: A look at the Space Fence and SBSS systems
  • Key requirements and considerations for any future procurement of systems
  • Key focus areas for industry partners to consider when providing technological solutions
  • 10:20 Enhancing Canada’s Contribution to Security of North America in

    Colonel Jeff Dooling

    Colonel Jeff Dooling, Director of Space Requirements, Canadian Armed Forces

    10:50 Morning Coffee

    11:20 The Importance of Global Collaboration in Obtaining Space

    Colonel Scott Trinrud

    Colonel Scott Trinrud, Chief, Space Policy Divison, US Strategic Command

    11:50 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    12:20 Artificially Intelligent Spacecraft as a Defence Strategy Against Hostile Cyber-Intervention

    Dr Alex Ellery

    Dr Alex Ellery, Professor, Carleton University

  •  An overview of cyber protection of spacecraft
  • Artificial intelligence method to enhance autonomous capabilities
  • Spacecraft AI architecture      
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Swedish Space Awareness Strategy for the 21st Century: Managing the Introduction of New Systems and Concepts for SSA

    Johan Kohler

    Johan Kohler, Head of Solar System Science, Swedish National Space Board

    14:20 Session Reserved for Event Sponsor

    14:50 Civil Space Perspective on SSA

    Dr Stephen Hobbs

    Dr Stephen Hobbs, Senior Lecturer/MSc Course Director, Cranfield University

     

     

     

  • Civil uses of SSA (enable continued access to space for commerce, science, civil infrastructure; actionable collision risk warnings; concerns for RF and cyber-security)
  • Debris Mitigation (technologies and practices being developed in the space industry)
  • UKs Daedalus Experiement (exercise to monitor deployment of debris mitigation drag sails on a UK satellite in 2017)
  • Current Initiatives (UK/ European focus, SSA, space weather, CleanSpace,...)
     
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Improving Space Weather Awareness Through the Brazilian Embrace Program

    Clezio Marcos De Nardin

    Clezio Marcos De Nardin, Head of the Embrace Space Weather Program, National Institute of Space Research, Brazil

    16:20 Space Weather Support to the MoDs Space Situational Awareness

    Simon Machin

    Simon Machin, Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre (MOSWOC) - Defence Space weather Lead, Met Office

    16:50 Panel Discussion: Creating a Distance Between Military and Civil Space Situational Awareness

    Allen Antrobus

    Allen Antrobus, Space Security Delivery Manager, UK Space Agency

    Nicolas Bobrinsky

    Nicolas Bobrinsky, Head of the SSA Programme , European Space Agency

    Colonel Scott Trinrud

    Colonel Scott Trinrud, Chief, Space Policy Divison, US Strategic Command

    Colonel Jeff Dooling

    Colonel Jeff Dooling, Director of Space Requirements, Canadian Armed Forces

    17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Allen Antrobus

    Allen Antrobus, Space Security Delivery Manager, UK Space Agency

    9:10 Overcoming the Challenges of protecting and coordinating Space Operations in support of the Spanish Armed Forces

    Lieutenant Colonel Jaime Sanchez Mayorga

    Lieutenant Colonel Jaime Sanchez Mayorga, Espace Unit/C4ISR Area, Ministry Of Defence, Spain

    9:40 Expanding the German Space Situational Awareness Centre to Cope with the Growing Number of Orbiting Risks

    Major Roderik Dercks

    Major Roderik Dercks, Air Force Liaison Officer to the German Space Administration , Ministry of Defence Germany

  • Primary concerns for German operations in space
  • GESTRA: Creating a home-grown orbiting data collection asset to reduce reliance on allied information
  • Current progress and future plans for the radar network that will defend German from threats in orbit
  • 10:10 Danish SSA priorities as Seen From a Military Perspective

    Charlotte Havsteen

    Charlotte Havsteen, Branch Chief, Head of Defence Centre for Operational Oceanography, Danish Defence Acquisition And Logistics Organization

    10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:10 RNLAF Space Activities

    Major Bernhard Buijs

    Major Bernhard Buijs, Head of Space Office, Royal Netherlands Air Force

    11:40 Session Reserved for Event Sponsor

    12:10 The Future Risk of Collision

    Phil Wadey

    Phil Wadey, Director, Space Data Association

  • The Space Environment is getting more congested
  • In the future, the risk of collision will be huge if we don't tale measures now
  • Operators need to work together to improve SSA for the entire industry
  • We need to actively take measures to reduce risks, both and an I the future
  • How we can secure the future of space safety today

     

     
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    13:40 Panel Discussion: Creating a pan-european Approach to Space Situational Awareness: Working together to provide a holistic Capability for the european Community

    Allen Antrobus

    Allen Antrobus, Space Security Delivery Manager, UK Space Agency

    Colonel Rafal Borek

    Colonel Rafal Borek, Chief of Section, Defence Projects, Polish Space Agency

    Charlotte Havsteen

    Charlotte Havsteen, Branch Chief, Head of Defence Centre for Operational Oceanography, Danish Defence Acquisition And Logistics Organization

    Lieutenant Colonel Jaime Sanchez Mayorga

    Lieutenant Colonel Jaime Sanchez Mayorga, Espace Unit/C4ISR Area, Ministry Of Defence, Spain

    Major Bernhard Buijs

    Major Bernhard Buijs, Head of Space Office, Royal Netherlands Air Force

    14:10 Continuing the effort to Secure Space-Based infrastructure for the european Community

    Nicolas Bobrinsky

    Nicolas Bobrinsky, Head of the SSA Programme , European Space Agency

    14:40 Civil and Military SSA Activities for Collision and Space Debris Mitigation

    Thomas Schildknecht

    Thomas Schildknecht , Astronimical Institute, University of Bern

  • Updates on SMARTnet
  • Ground Based Optical Sensors for GEO Monitoring
  • Creating catalogues and space objects and providing mechanisms for information sharing

     

  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 Outlining the SSt-pl programme and its impact on polish National Security in Space

    Colonel Rafal Borek

    Colonel Rafal Borek, Chief of Section, Defence Projects, Polish Space Agency

    16:10 Session Reserved for Event Sponsor

    16:40 US Air Force Academy Research into Advanced SSA Capabilities

    Dr Francis Chun

    Dr Francis Chun, Head of the Center for Space Situational Awarenss Research, United States Air Force Academy

    17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    Colonel Jeff Dooling

    Colonel Jeff Dooling

    Director of Space Requirements, Canadian Armed Forces
    Colonel Rafal Borek

    Colonel Rafal Borek

    Chief of Section, Defence Projects, Polish Space Agency
    Major Bernhard Buijs

    Major Bernhard Buijs

    Head of Space Office, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Major General Roger Teague

    Major General Roger Teague

    Director, Space Programmes, US Air Force
    Nicolas Bobrinsky

    Nicolas Bobrinsky

    Head of the SSA Programme , European Space Agency

    Allen Antrobus

    Space Security Delivery Manager, UK Space Agency
    Allen Antrobus

    Charlotte Havsteen

    Branch Chief, Head of Defence Centre for Operational Oceanography, Danish Defence Acquisition And Logistics Organization
    Charlotte Havsteen

    Clezio Marcos De Nardin

    Head of the Embrace Space Weather Program, National Institute of Space Research, Brazil
    Clezio Marcos De Nardin

    Colonel Jeff Dooling

    Director of Space Requirements, Canadian Armed Forces
    Colonel Jeff Dooling

    Colonel Rafal Borek

    Chief of Section, Defence Projects, Polish Space Agency
    Colonel Rafal Borek

    Colonel Scott Trinrud

    Chief, Space Policy Divison, US Strategic Command
    Colonel Scott Trinrud

    Dr Alex Ellery

    Professor, Carleton University
    Dr Alex Ellery

    Dr Francis Chun

    Head of the Center for Space Situational Awarenss Research, United States Air Force Academy
    Dr Francis Chun

    Dr Stephen Hobbs

    Senior Lecturer/MSc Course Director, Cranfield University
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    Johan Kohler

    Head of Solar System Science, Swedish National Space Board
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    Lieutenant Colonel Jaime Sanchez Mayorga

    Espace Unit/C4ISR Area, Ministry Of Defence, Spain
    Lieutenant Colonel Jaime Sanchez Mayorga

    Major Bernhard Buijs

    Head of Space Office, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Major Bernhard Buijs

    Major General Roger Teague

    Director, Space Programmes, US Air Force
    Major General Roger Teague

    Major Roderik Dercks

    Air Force Liaison Officer to the German Space Administration , Ministry of Defence Germany
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    Nicolas Bobrinsky

    Head of the SSA Programme , European Space Agency
    Nicolas Bobrinsky

    Phil Wadey

    Director, Space Data Association
    Phil Wadey

    Simon Machin

    Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre (MOSWOC) - Defence Space weather Lead, Met Office
    Simon Machin

    Thomas Schildknecht

    Astronimical Institute, University of Bern
    Thomas Schildknecht

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