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SMi is proud to announce the 13th Annual Military Space Situational Awareness Conference taking place on the 25th and 26th of April 2018 in London, UK.

With the defence industry becoming ever more data driven, ensuring that space systems can operate safely and efficiently is crucial for government and military agencies. The aim of Military SSA 2018 will be to bring together key military, government, civilian and industry stakeholders to discuss approaches and strategies for how a holistic approach to Space Situational Awareness (SSA) can be successfully implemented at a time when the domain is growing increasingly congested with active satellites as well as space junk and debris. In addition with plans for satellite launches and LEO mega-constellations increasing at an alarming rate, the issue of space governance in this ill-defined domain requires immediate consideration to ensure that necessary safe and responsible space exploitation can continue for years to come. 

As space debris grows, access to space surveillance and tracking (SST) data is now vital. This has led to an increased demand for next-generation sensor and radar capabilities to ensure that nations can keep crucial assets protected and on task to deliver real time SAT data to their operational forces.  

Further topics discussed at this year’s event will also include how SSA has become a collaborative effort, an understanding of the operating space environment, and how space weather must be considered an integral component of SSA services.
 

  • Hear from senior military, government and civil officials on the latest sensor and radar technological solutions being implemented to enhance the security of space assets through domain awareness
     
  • Discuss key issues impacting space security for nations around the world including space debris, weather and hostile threats and learn how domain awareness helps mitigate these risks
     
  • 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
     
  • Discuss the benefits of allied cooperation of SSA services and information to create an holistic approach to SSA and a more accurate global picture
     
  • Hear an in depth focus on space weather and it’s integral importance as a component of SSA services

 

  •  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

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Sqn Ldr (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

Sqn Ldr (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Associate, Reflecting Space

9:00 Developing the UK SpOC into an Interagency Focal Point for Space Missions

9:30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Priority Number One for Joint Space Command: Enhancing SSA Capabilities to Ensure the Security of all Space Systems

Brigadier (AF) Jean-Pascal Breton

Brigadier (AF) Jean-Pascal Breton, Commander, French Joint Space Command, French MoD

  • Ensuring access to robust, resilient and flexible capabilities through sovereign, allied and commercial space systems to protect space systems
  • Fulfilling capability gaps to better protect space assets: Enhancing GRAVES and the devellopment of pre-C2 space surveillance capability
  • Developing the standard of SSA service to enhance support for military operations
  • Plans for fture development of next-generation space capabilities
  • Cooperation with allies in a united approach to SSA- the European SST initiative
  • 10:00 GOLD SPONSOR: The Future of Commercial SSA

    Douglas Hendrix

    Douglas Hendrix, CEO, Exoanalytic Solutions

  • What will it look like in the future
  • What is the potential value to global militaries and space agencies
  • How do you integrate it successfully
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Military Space Situational Awareness: A priority for USSTRATCOM

    Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Bos

    Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Bos, Chief, Space Policy Branch, U.S. Strategic Command

  • Space domain is vital to U.S. National security interests and to the global community, and has become increasingly contested, degraded, and operationally-limited
  • Ensuring a reliable and comprehensive picture of the current and future space environment and operational environment upon which space operations depend including detecting, characterizing, and assesssing space objects, space debris, and space threats
  • Fundamental to conducting military, civil, and commercia space operations and to protecting and defending space systems
  • Strengthening stability in space through domestic and international measures to promote safe and responsible operations in space
  • Continuing and increasing cooperation and collaboration with global allies, partners, and international bodies
  • 11:30 Utilising SSA to Protect Eropean Space Asssets from Adverse Space Threats

    Nicolas Bobrinsky

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

  • An update on ESA's SSA system, its key benefits, and timeframe for operational use by 2020
  • Focusing on enhanced SST capabiities to combat threats facing critical space infrastructures
  • Space debris
  • Space weather
  • Large constellations
  • Collaboration with allies to increase SSA data through shared services and information
  • 12:00 The Future of Australian SSA

    Wing Commander Steven Henry

    Wing Commander Steven Henry, , Royal Australian Air Force (Subject to Final Confirmation)

  • Status of Australian SSA systems
  • Development of indigenous SSA capabilities
  • Collaboration opportunities
  • 12:30 SSA Policy and Activities in Japan: Government and Academia Perspectives

    Hiroshi Yamakawa

    Hiroshi Yamakawa, Member of Space Security Working Group, Committee on Space Policy, Japanese Cabinet Office

  • Outling the Japanese Space Situational Awareness (SSA) System and the programmes implementation targeted for 2022
  • Current ground-based space surveillance system and Japanese activities in space
  • Considering the changing security situation around Japan and the need for greater SSA abilities
  • The importance of cooperation with allied nations such as the US to share expertise and experiences
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Space Situational Awareness from Space: A (Humanitarian) Case for Collaboration

    Egemen Imre

    Egemen Imre, Chief Researcher, TUBITAK Space Technologies Research Institute

  • Life without (satellite) TV: Is it worth living?
  • Classified Data: Can we justify the justifications?
  • What can we learn from Landsat/Copernicus model?
  • A modest proposal: Generating and disseminating space based observation data
  • 14:30 The Impact of Space Weather on the Availability of Space Services

    Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann

    Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann, Director, Geospatial Department, Austrian Armed Forces (Subject to Final Confirmation)

  • Space capabilities influenced by space weather with a focus on GNSS
  • Impact on military and civilian space use
  • Establishing effective warning time and threat awareness
  • How much are the GNSS services deteriorated in the worst case?
  • 15:00 The Impact of Space Weather on the Domain: Monitoring and Developing Resilience in Data Collection

    Simon Machin

    Simon Machin, Space Weather Lead for Defence and Security, Met Office

  • 'End of life' assets and capability gaps for spacecraft and sensors
  • Next-generation requirements for the MET office and partners to broaden breadth of sensors/available data to improve space weather monitoring
  • International collaboration efforts: ESA SSA SWE Programme and launch of COSMIC 2a
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 The Future of the Space Debris Environment

    Holger Krag

    Holger Krag, Head of Space Debris Office, European Space Agency (E S A)

  • Use of SSA data to monitor adherence to debris mitigation rules in space
  • The impact of traffic increase by mega-constellations and small satellites
  • Operational collision avoidance in LEO today and in future and the role of surveillance data
  • 16:30 Assessing Solutions to Combat Space Congestion at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

    Andrew Ash

    Andrew Ash, Principle Scientist, Dstl

  • The Daedalus experiment: a cost effective alternative to de-orbting rockets to tackles the issue of space debris
  • The potential risks and impact on military SSA sensors and processing systems
  • The importance of addressing the increasing congestion in low Earth Orbit (LEO) for future civil and military space exploration and satellite launches
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:05 Networking Reception Sponsored by ExoAnalytic Solutions

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Sqn Ldr (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Sqn Ldr (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Associate, Reflecting Space

    9:00 Creating an Effective Space Security Structure for the UK's Civilian and Military Space Assets

    Colin Armstrong

    Colin Armstrong, Head of Space Security Policy, UK Space Agency

  • The importance of ensuring comprehensive SSA capabilities in line with UK Spaceflight Bill aspirations
  • Ensuring safety through advanced space technologies and cooperation with government and industry
  • 9:30 Providing SST Cataloguing and Effective SSA to Assure Global Freedom of Action in Space for US Forces and her Allies

    Diana McKissock

    Diana McKissock, SSA Sharing Cell Lead, US Air Force

  • Cataloguing a clear picture of space to allow Joint Space Operations Command (JSpOC) to provide optical-imaging data for active missions
  • Proviingd 'conjunction data messages' to space system operators for threat awareness
  • Ensuring sensor optimization to maintain observation and tracking accuracy
  • SSA data sharing with national and international agencies to increase space safety
  • 10:00 Exploring Italy's Space Requirements for the Protection of Space Assets and Capabilities

    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei

    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei, SST National Delegate to the EU SST and SSA Committee, Italian Ministry of Defence

  • Increasing the SSA capability of the Italian Armed Forces
  • Assets available to the Italian Armed Forces in Space and how these can be enhanced
  • Collaborating with allies and industry for future Italian SSA and SST operations
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The German Experimental Space Surveillance and Tracking Radar (GESTRA): Developing a Comprehensive SST Database to Support SSA Operations

    Lieutenant Colonel Roderik Dercks

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

  • Feedback and progress since operational implementation in 2017
  • Utilising GESTRA to suport GSSAC Upgrade 1
  • Providing updated interfaces, system integration, data rocessing functions and analysis capabilities to incrementally achieve full operaional capability by 2020
  • Active support of the European Commission's SST Support Programme and other close civilian-military cooperation
  • 11:30 EU Space Surveillance and Tracking Framework: A Consortium of Member States Safeguarding European Space Infrastructure and Orbital Environment

    Dr Pascal Faucher

    Dr Pascal Faucher, Chairman, EU SST Consortium, Defence and Security, CNES

  • Strategic importance of space security for Europe
  • Governance of the Consortium
  • Sensors, data processing, service provision, users
  • Future of SST in Europe
  • 12:00 Enhancing Space Capabilities for the Polish MoD: SSA System Development

    Lieutenant Colonel Rafal Borek

    Lieutenant Colonel Rafal Borek, Department of Military Foreign Affairs, Polish MoD

  • R&D and procurement focuses to develop SSA capabilities
  • Cooperation with allies including the SST Consortium
  • Building awareness of the growing challenges facing the space domain
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Space Situational Awareness, Norms of Behaviour and Space Security

    Brian Weeden

    Brian Weeden, Director of Program Planning, Secure World Foundation

  • Space domain is "normalizing" and becoming more like other domains (air, land, maritime) of commercial and military activity
  • Establishing norms of behaviour in space will help support space deterrence, stability and threat detection like they do in other domains
  • Improving shared SSA among governments, commercial operators and other actors is fundamental to supporting norms of behaviour and enhancing space security for all users
  • 14:00 Civil 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
  • 14:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Space Situational Awareness: Solely a Military Responsibility?

    15:45 Supporting SSA Efforts to Ensure Security in Space through Effectivce Space Policy

    Serge Plattard

    Serge Plattard, Senior Research Fellow, European Space Policy Institute

  • European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) initiatives to encourage responsible and safe operations in space
  • The importance of worldwided policy implementation as threats continue to grow for military, government and civil space assets
  • Ensuring responsible and good practices for mega-constellation, small sa and CubeSat launches
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    Brigadier (AF) Jean-Pascal Breton

    Brigadier (AF) Jean-Pascal Breton

    Commander, French Joint Space Command, French MoD
    Colin Armstrong

    Colin Armstrong

    Head of Space Security Policy, UK Space Agency
    Dr Pascal Faucher

    Dr Pascal Faucher

    Chairman, EU SST Consortium, Defence and Security, CNES
    Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Bos

    Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Bos

    Chief, Space Policy Branch, U.S. Strategic Command
    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei

    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei

    SST National Delegate to the EU SST and SSA Committee, Italian Ministry of Defence

    Andrew Ash

    Principle Scientist, Dstl
    Andrew Ash

    Brian Weeden

    Director of Program Planning, Secure World Foundation
    Brian Weeden

    Brigadier (AF) Jean-Pascal Breton

    Commander, French Joint Space Command, French MoD
    Brigadier (AF) Jean-Pascal Breton

    Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann

    Director, Geospatial Department, Austrian Armed Forces (Subject to Final Confirmation)
    Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann

    Colin Armstrong

    Head of Space Security Policy, UK Space Agency
    Colin Armstrong

    Diana McKissock

    SSA Sharing Cell Lead, US Air Force
    Diana McKissock

    Douglas Hendrix

    CEO, Exoanalytic Solutions
    Douglas Hendrix

    Dr Pascal Faucher

    Chairman, EU SST Consortium, Defence and Security, CNES
    Dr Pascal Faucher

    Egemen Imre

    Chief Researcher, TUBITAK Space Technologies Research Institute
    Egemen Imre

    Hiroshi Yamakawa

    Member of Space Security Working Group, Committee on Space Policy, Japanese Cabinet Office
    Hiroshi Yamakawa

    Holger Krag

    Head of Space Debris Office, European Space Agency (E S A)
    Holger Krag

    Lieutenant Colonel Rafal Borek

    Department of Military Foreign Affairs, Polish MoD
    Lieutenant Colonel Rafal Borek

    Lieutenant Colonel Roderik Dercks

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

    Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Bos

    Chief, Space Policy Branch, U.S. Strategic Command
    Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Bos

    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei

    SST National Delegate to the EU SST and SSA Committee, Italian Ministry of Defence
    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei

    Nicolas Bobrinsky

    Head of the SSA Programme , European Space Agency
    Nicolas Bobrinsky

    Serge Plattard

    Senior Research Fellow, European Space Policy Institute
    Serge Plattard

    Simon Machin

    Space Weather Lead for Defence and Security, Met Office
    Simon Machin

    Speaker to be Confirmed

    , Exoanalytic Solutions
    Speaker to be Confirmed

    Sqn Ldr (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Associate, Reflecting Space
    Sqn Ldr (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Thomas Schildknecht

    Astronimical Institute, University of Bern
    Thomas Schildknecht

    Wing Commander Steven Henry

    , Royal Australian Air Force (Subject to Final Confirmation)
    Wing Commander Steven Henry

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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