Announcement: this event has now become online only and will be held on the SMi Virtual Conference Platform.

SMi Group are proud to announce that the 16th annual Military Space Situational Awareness Conference will take place on the 28th and 29th April 2021.

As the leading conference in Europe dedicated to space domain awareness, this year’s forum will once again bring together key stakeholders across the military, government and industry sectors to discuss how we build a collaborative approach to space management and Space Situational Awareness (SSA) as well as how we balance operational necessity with responsible use of space.

Similarly, as new LEO mega-constellations come online at an increasing rate, avoiding a repeat of the 2009 Iridium crash remains at the forefront of all industry professionals’ minds as we attempt to ensure that necessary and responsible space exploration and development can continue for years to come.

Key focuses include space domain awareness, space surveillance and tracking (SST), the new US Space Force's approach to SSA, the impact of new mega-constellations, and international partnerships in space.

Featuring 200+ attendees, this year’s conference will provide an unparalleled chance to meet with the key players in this important domain and remains a key calendar date for anyone involved in the satellite sector.

  • Hear from senior military and civil officials on the latest solutions being implemented to enhance the security of space assets through domain awareness
  • Key briefings from the USSF, RAF, UKSA and leading international SSA programmes
  • Examine key issues impacting space security including debris, weather and hostile threats
  • With the era of mega-constellations in LEO approaching, debate how best government and industry can manage further space congestion through policy implementation and best practices to ensure future sustainable space use

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Past attendees have included:

Aerospace Corporation; Airbus Defence and space; Analytical Graphics Inc; Beijing Institute of Space Science & Technology; Beijing Institute Of Space Science & Technology Information; Brazilian Air Attache Office; Canadian Armed Forces; Cestrian Capital Research; CGI; CGI Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG; CGI IT UK Limited; China Academy of Space Technology; CNES; CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science; DLR Space Administration; DSTL; EU SatCen; European Space Agency; ExoAnalytic Solutions; FACH (Chiliean AF); FOI; FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency; Fuerza Aerea de Chile; German Aerospace Center (DLR); Global VSAT Forum (GVF); GMV Innovating Solutions Ltd; Harris; Harris Corporation; HQ Allied Maritime Command; ITAF AOC; Italian Air Force; JFC Cap C4ISR; JHU Applied Physics Laboratory; Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute; Kratos; Kratos Communications; Kratos ; L3 Applied Defense Solutions; LeoLabs, Inc.; MET Office; Military University Of Technology; Mitre Corporation; Mod; Nanoavinics UK Ltd; New Space Capital; Northern Space & Security Ltd; NorthStar Earth & Space Inc.; Northumbria University; Norwegian Ministry Of Defence; Norwegian MOD; NSR; OHB System; Oneweb; Pangaea Wire; Polish Space Agency; RAF; RAF Fylingdales; Rajant Corporation; Raytheon uk; RHEA Group; RNLAF; Romanian Ministry of Defence; Royal Air Force; Royal Australian Air Force; Royal College of Defence Studies; Royal Netherlands Air Force; Royal United Services Institute (RUSI); SAF/AQS; SciSys UK Ltd; Serco Ltd; Serradata; SJE Space; Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation; Space and Missile Systems Center US Air Force; STFC, RAL; Surrey Space Centre; Teledyne e2v; Telespazio France; Telespazio SpA; Thales Netherlands BV; The Aerospace Corporation; U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Strategic Command; UAE GHQ; UK Missile Defence Centre; UK MOD; UK Space Agency; UK Space Operations Centre; United Nations Institute For Disarmament Research; United States Air Force ; United States Air Force Academy; University of Oxford/Air Force Institute of Technology; US Air Force; Winston & Cooper Consulting; ZODIAC DATA SYSTEMS;

Conference programme

10:00 Chair's Opening Remarks

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

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

10:15 UK Lines of Effort in SSA

Ms Emily Mills

Ms Emily Mills, Domestic Space Surveillance & Tracking Lead, UK Space Agency

  • UKSA’s main lines of effort to create a coherent and collaborative SSA strategy across UK stakeholders
  • Managing growing congestion around UK space assets
  • 10:45 SSA Activities in the APAC Region

    Squadron Leader Josh Fitzmaurice

    Squadron Leader Josh Fitzmaurice, Staff Officer, Surveillance of Space, Royal Australian Air Force

  • SSA’s role in providing the mission assurance required for a 5th Generation Air Force
  • SpaceFest: bringing together industry and academia to develop Australia’s domestic SSA capabilities
  • Woomera test range at the centre stage for Australia’s ability to detect and track space objects and assets
  • The Falcon Telescope Network (FTN) – collaboration with USAF Academy in delivering a small aperture optical telescope system
  • 11:15 Japan Air Self Defence Force SSA Update

    Lieutenant Colonel Toshihide Ajiki

    Lieutenant Colonel Toshihide Ajiki, Commander Space Operations Squadron, Japan Air Self Defense Force

  • Introduction of Space Operations Squadron
  • Effort for Space Capability Buildup
  • Enhancing Cooperation with friendly countries
  • 11:45 Morning Break

    12:15 Near-Peer Focus: China

    Dr Brendan Mulvaney

    Dr Brendan Mulvaney, Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute, US Air Force China Aerospace Studies Institute

    - China’s space capability and what this means for NATO-allied space professionals
    - The role of SSA, both now and in the future, as part of space contests with China
    - Chinese anti-satellite technology: implications for future SSA

    13:00 Session Reserved for ExoAnalytic Solutions

    Dr Doug Hendrix

    Dr Doug Hendrix, CEO, ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc

    13:30 Lunch Break

    14:15 How the US Space Force is Delivering End-To-End Control to Dominate the Space Domain

    Lieutenant Colonel Megan Standifer

    Lieutenant Colonel Megan Standifer, Chief, Space Superiority Branch, United States Space Force

  • USSF’s pivot to space control and what this means for future operational planning
  • Why space control is important for the Space Force and what it must do to remain at the forefront of technology
  • Doctrinal considerations and ensuring a coherent strategic doctrine across all services
  • 14:45 Space Domain Awareness at the US Air Force Research Lab

    Dr Jaime Stearns

    Dr Jaime Stearns, Space Control Mission Lead, US AFRL

  • Growing interest in the domain beyond GEO
  • Opportunities for international collaboration
  • Highlights of basic research needs
  • 15:15 Session Reserved for Blue Canyon Technologies

    Mr Tom Kubancik

    Mr Tom Kubancik, Consultant, Blue Canyon Technologies

    15:45 Afternoon Break

    16:15 Session Reserved for L3 Harris

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name To Be Confirmed, L3Harris

    16:45 Canadian SSA Program Update and Way Ahead

    Mr Cameron Stoltz

    Mr Cameron Stoltz, Director Space Requirements, Canadian Armed Forces

  • Updates from SSA program milestones and key objectives for the capability
  • SSA requirements for new space technologies
  • The place of SSA in the wider CAF space modernisation plan
  • 17:15 Closing Keynote Address: SDA and SSA at the Space & Missile Systems Center

    Mr Gordon Ray Kordyak

    Mr Gordon Ray Kordyak, Chief, Senior Materiel Leader, Space Domain Awareness Division

    17:45 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    10:00 Chair's Opening Remarks

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

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

    10:15 The Military Applications of SSA to Maximise Operational Effectiveness

    Confirmed Senior Representative

    Confirmed Senior Representative, Space Capability Development, HQ Air Command, Royal Air Force

  • The RAF’s view of military SSA as a key enabler for joint all-domain operations
  • Protecting the UK MOD’s key SSA assets: building resiliency into existing and future equipment
  • 10:45 Updates on RNLAF Space Activities

    Captain Wilco van den Bogaard

    Captain Wilco van den Bogaard, OT Space, Royal Netherlands Air Force

  • Current SSA projects: radar & optical detection
  • BRIK-II – status of the RNLAF technical demonstrator nano-satellite
  • Ambition of the RNLAF Space Branch
  • 11:15 Morning Break

    11:45 Spanish MoD SSA Activities and Project Updates

    Colonel Jaime Sanchez Mayorga

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

    12:15 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:45 Current status of the collision avoidance automation activities (CREAM)

    Dr Jan Siminski

    Dr Jan Siminski, Space Debris Engineer, Space Debris Office, European Space Agency

  • Overview of CREAM and update on its progress within the Space Safety Programme
  • Why an automated system to process conjunction alerts is needed in future space domain awareness
  • Introducing an IoT approach for collision avoidance actions
  • 13:15 Lunch Break

    14:00 Panel: Synchronising EU SST and EU SatCen Services

  • Service provision model and the enhancement of the sensor network
  • Development of a European catalogue and considerations for data sharing
  • Looking ahead to the PASS project to ensure the transition of EU SatCen activities
  • Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

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

    Ambassador Sorin Ducaru

    Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Director, European Union Satellite Centre

    Mr Marc Becker

    Mr Marc Becker, Chairman , EU SST Security Committee

    Dr Pascal Faucher

    Dr Pascal Faucher, Chairman , EU SST Consortium

    14:45 Mitigating space weather Effects to support Operations

    Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann

    Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann, Director Geospatial Institute, Austrian Armed Forces

  • Current space-based capabilities employed by the Austrian Armed Forces: PNT, SATCOM and Remote Sensing
  • Risk analysis for space services: the impact of space weather on services with particular reference to PNT
  • SSA as a benefit for critical infrastructure maintenance and at the military tactical edge
  • Tactical space weather impact prediction and mitigation efforts being undertaken


  • 15:15 AIRCOM: NATO’s Implementation of Space as an Operational Domain

    Wing Commander David Allen

    Wing Commander David Allen, NATO Space Centre, HQ AIRCOM, NATO

  • NATO’s Space ambition
  • NATO Space Centre
  • NATO Space Functions (Space Situational Awareness/Operational Space Support/Space Domain Coordination)
  • 15:45 Afternoon Break

    16:15 US Civil Space Weather Efforts

    Mr Robert Rutledge

    Mr Robert Rutledge, Lead, Space Weather Forecast Office, US National Weather Service

  • Activity trends in space weather events – major solar events and its impact on LEO and GEO assets
  • Geospace modelling for predictions of solar winds and space weather forecasting
  • PSR and SSR surveillance and NOAA’s partnership with other state agencies to support ongoing space activities 
  • 16:45 The Possibilities of XGEO Domain Awareness

    Dr James Frith

    Dr James Frith, XGEO Tech Area Lead, Space Vehicles Directorate, US AFRL

  • Why awareness in XGEO is key
  • Difficulties of XGEO and how technological innovation can overcome this
  • The path forward: current and future XGEO domain awareness programs in AFRL and partners
  • 17:15 Panel: How Important Is XGEO

  • What opportunities does XGEO have for military applications?
  • What capabilities do our adversaries have in XGEO? Should we be concerned?
  • How can industry help with XGEO?
  • Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

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

    Dr Jaime Stearns

    Dr Jaime Stearns, Space Control Mission Lead, US AFRL

    Dr James Frith

    Dr James Frith, XGEO Tech Area Lead, Space Vehicles Directorate, US AFRL

    Mr Andrew Ash

    Mr Andrew Ash, SSA Project Technical Authority, DSTL
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    17:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two


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