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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
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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

     

  • 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
  • Mr Simon George

    Mr Simon George, Senior Scientist, DSTL
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    Mr Andrew Ash

    Mr Andrew Ash, Principle Scientist, Dstl

    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
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    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

    Ms Alexandra Stickings

    Ms Alexandra Stickings, Research Analyst, Space Policy and Security, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
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    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 – The GSSAC at Present and in the Future

    Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Gross

    Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Gross, Air Force Liaison Officer , German Aerospace Center (DLR)
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  • 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)
  • Utilising ground based assets such as GESTRA – SST tracking radar
  • Optical sensors specifications and requirements for future systems
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    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 To Support Global SSA There Needs To Be a Trusted Interaction Between Civilians, Commercial, and Military Systems Based On a Common High Quality Knowledge Base

    Mr Tom Kubancik

    Mr Tom Kubancik, Vice President of Advanced Programs, L3 Applied Defense Solutions
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  • Deep and open data pools
  • Simple and effective standards
  • Understanding the quality of measurements
  • Common methods to rate uncertainty
  • A message format to exchange information
  • 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

     

  • 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
  • Major Petra Wijnja

    Major Petra Wijnja, Head Space Security Center NL, Royal Netherlands Air Force
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    15:00 Afternoon Tea

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

    Mr Kristofer Hallgren

    Mr 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
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  • 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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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Colonel Jeffrey Collins

    Colonel Jeffrey Collins

    Director Air Force CyberWorx, US Air Force
    Colonel Rafal Borek

    Colonel Rafal Borek

    Chief of Section, Defence Projects, Polish Space Agency
    Group Captain Rayna Owens

    Group Captain Rayna Owens

    DACOS Capability Space, Royal Air Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Gross

    Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Gross

    Air Force Liaison Officer , German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Lieutenant Colonel John Birkeland

    Lieutenant Colonel John Birkeland

    Senior Staff Officer, SSA, Norwegian MOD
    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Chief of International MilSatCom, Space and Missile Systems Centre, U.S. Air Force
    Rear Admiral Richard Correll

    Rear Admiral Richard Correll

    Director, Plans and Policy, J5, US STRATCOM

    Colonel Jeffrey Collins

    Director Air Force CyberWorx, US Air Force
    Colonel Jeffrey Collins

    Colonel Jeffrey “T-Rex” Collins (PhD, Carnegie Mellon University) is the Director of Air Force CyberWorx, a unit activated in August 2016 comprising a public-private research and design center located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the United States Air Force Academy. AF CyberWorx is focused on cyber capabilities and disruptive technologies, melding military, academic and industry expertise with the latest technology, policy-thinking and user-centered design to solve tough operational problems for Air Force and Joint warfighting commanders. He recently returned from deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan, where his focus was countering insurgent finances. You can follow Jeff on Twitter at @JeffCollinZ.

    Colonel Rafal Borek

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

    Col Rafal Borek (POLSA) graduated in 1997 as engineer in telecommunication (electronic branch) from Wroclaw University of Technology, in 1999 M.Sc. in automatics (electrotechnic branch) Radom University of Technology, later on supplementing education with postgraduate studies: in cybersecurity at National Defence Academy; in analysis of international security aspects at Collegium Civitas; in space management in modern economy at Warsaw School of Economics and Military Foreign Service at War Studies University. At present He is a Ph.D. student at War Studies University in security faculty aiming to complete thesis in SST field.
    Since 1997 he had worked at variety of military posts mainly related to aviation technologies as an engineer and later on chief of metrological laboratory responsible for calibration of aircrafts test devices, mainly for Air Forces. Since 2007 he worked in Operational Command dealing with Lessons Learned System establishment and later abroad in Polish Military Representative to the NATO & Military Committee in the field of development of EU military capabilities.
    Since 2014 he has been working in the space area in the Inspectorate for Implementation of Innovative Defence Technologies and after in Polish Space Agency. In both institutions responsible for managing surveys, studies and Polish involvement analysis in number of space areas: SSA, EO, technology harmonization etc. (at national level and within international context - ESA, EDA, European Commission).
     

    Dr Francis Chun

    Director, Center for Space Situational Awareness Research, United States Air Force Academy
    Dr Francis Chun

    Francis Chun is a professor in the Department of Physics at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) and Director of the Center for Space Situational Awareness Research. In his 35-year Air Force career, as a military officer and government civilian, Professor Chun worked on a variety of space-related programs to include the air-launched anti-satellite weapon system and space-based infrared missile defense systems. As a physics professor, Dr. Chun has taught many general and advanced physics courses specializing in the space domain. In his current role, he leads a team of faculty and cadets conducting satellite characterization research using small telescopes and developing the U. S. Air Force Academy’s world-wide Falcon Telescope Network. He received a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Geophysics and Space Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.S. in Space Physics from the U. S. Air Force Academy.

    Dr Roberto Armellin

    Senior Lecturer in Spacecraft Dynamics , Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey
    Dr Roberto Armellin

    Roberto Armellin is a Senior Lecturer in Spacecraft Dynamics at Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey. Previously he was Lecturer in Astronautics at the University of Southampton (2013-2015) and Marie Curie Individual Fellow at Universidad de La Rioja (2015-2017), Logrono Spain. Roberto’s research activity covers the broad area of astrodynamics, focusing in particular on the application of high order methods to space situational awareness (SSA) and space trajectory design. Since 2013 he has been PI and co-PI of contracts, all related to SSA, for a total funding of more than 1 million Euros. He has completed the supervision/co-supervision of 5 PhD students and currently supervising 6. Roberto has authored or co-authored 36 peer-reviewed journal articles (17 times as first author) and has 77 documents indexed on Scopus.

    Dr Stuart Eves

    Director, SJE Space
    Dr Stuart Eves

    Stuart Eves is a satellite-system engineer. He has recently formed his own consultancy company after spending 14 years with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and 16 years with the UK Ministry Of Defence. 

    During his time with the MOD, Stuart initiated the TopSat satellite programme, which established a new world record for “resolution per mass of satellite”, and for a time formed part of the space gallery at the Science Museum.

    He has recently published Space Traffic Control, a book which describes the measures needed to maintain the space environment and protect satellites from both natural hazards and man-made threats such as space debris. 

    Stuart has an MSc in Astrophysics, a PhD in constellation design, and has been a fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society for more than 25 years. He takes an active interest in all things space, and is thus best described as an “astro-nut”!
     

    Group Captain Rayna Owens

    DACOS Capability Space, Royal Air Force
    Group Captain Rayna Owens

    Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Gross

    Air Force Liaison Officer , German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Gross

    Lieutenant Colonel (GS) Christoph Gross is the Liaison Officer of the German Air Force with DLR Space Administration and works as a policy officer with the DLR Strategy and Communication Department, on issues including security policy, cooperation with the Ministry of Defense and Space Situational Awareness (SSA). He is also a member of the German delegation to the Consortium implementing the European Space Surveillance & Tracking (SST) Support Framework for the European Commission and serves as German permanent military representative. Lieutenant Colonel (GS) Gross is a graduate of both the French and the German Armed Forces Staff College and has held responsibilities as Maintenance Squadron Leader at the Special Air Mission Wing of the German Federal Ministry of Defense and several assignments as an aircraft maintenance officer in the German and French Air Force.

    Lieutenant Colonel John Birkeland

    Senior Staff Officer, SSA, Norwegian MOD
    Lieutenant Colonel John Birkeland

    Lieutenant Colonel John O. Birkeland has an operational background as a navigator and tactical coordinator on Norwegian P-3 Orion maritime surveillance aircraft. He has served in the Norwegian National Joint Headquarters, the Norwegian Air Force Staff, in NATO’s Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM), and is currently serving as the Senior Staff Officer for Space Situational Awareness in the Norwegian Ministry of Defence. He holds master’s degrees in political science (Tromsø), history and military science (Glasgow) and military science & operational art (ACSC, Alabama), and is currently a PhD candidate with the University of Glasgow (military science).

    Lieutenant Colonel Walter Villadei

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

    Lieutentant Colonel Mia Walsh

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

    Major Petra Wijnja

    Head Space Security Center NL, Royal Netherlands Air Force
    Major Petra Wijnja

    Captain Petra Wijnja started her career in the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1998 at the Royal Military Academy. She worked as a Fighter Controller from 2001 until 2015, developing from Fighter Controller and Fighter Controller instructor to Fighter Allocator and Squadron Training Officer. During that time, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. In 2015 she started in the newly founded RNLAF Space Security Center, where she is responsible for creating Space Situational Awareness (SSA) within the NL MoD, by developing SSA products, managing projects, setting up training and education and participating in (inter)national working groups and exercises.
     

    Mr Andrew Ash

    Principle Scientist, Dstl
    Mr Andrew Ash

    Mr Douglas Hendrix

    CEO, ExoAnalytic Solutions
    Mr Douglas Hendrix

    Mr Kristofer Hallgren

    Senior Analyst, FOI
    Mr Kristofer Hallgren

    Kristofer has combined embedded operational research positions at the Swedish Armed Forces HQ with work on space related questions since 2012. He is a member of the Expert group on Space for Defence and Security at the Swedish Defence Research Agency and in 2018 he became responsible for a project with the aim to provide the Swedish Armed Forces with a Recognized Space Picture.
    Kristofer is a space engineer by training with a master’s thesis conducted at NASA Ames Research Agency. He has a PhD in Atmospheric Physics and Microwave instrumentation from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Germany.

    Mr Sean Goldsbrough

    Senior Orbital Analyst, UK Space Agency
    Mr Sean Goldsbrough

    Mr Simon George

    Senior Scientist, DSTL
    Mr Simon George

    Dr Simon George (UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) is a senior scientist contributing to Dstl’s activities in both the UK MOD Space Situational Awareness research project, and the EU’s Space Surveillance & Tracking (EUSST) project to build a European Union capability in SST. He has 10 years’ experience working in space research; notably on topics associated with space debris and the surveillance of space.

    Mr Tim Flohrer

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

    Mr Tom Kubancik

    Vice President of Advanced Programs, L3 Applied Defense Solutions
    Mr Tom Kubancik

    Tom is the General Manager of Commercial, Civil, and International Space and the Vice President of Advanced Programs at L3 Applied Defense Solutions.

    Tom’s entire career has been focused on advanced technology with over 30 years in Space Systems, High Performance Computing, and Visualization systems. As a recognized international expert in Space Situational Awareness (SSA), Tom has participated in research, development, and operational programs since the 1980’s. At L3 Applied Defense Solutions (ADS), Tom has led the evolution of commercial non-governmental SSA, establishing an enterprise approach including data collection systems, advanced processing, and decision support products. Tom and the L3 ADS team have a passion for problem-solving and innovation with a world class research portfolio coupled with exquisite analytical capabilities and deep operational experience.

    Tom is active in NATO Science and Technology efforts to establish multinational approaches for collaborative SSA. He has published several articles on global SSA and is a frequent speaker at domestic and international conferences.

    He is a graduate of Bowling Green University. Tom and his family live in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.
     

    Ms Alexandra Stickings

    Research Analyst, Space Policy and Security, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
    Ms Alexandra Stickings

    Alexandra Stickings is Research Analyst for Space Policy and Security within the Military Sciences team at RUSI.
    Her research interests include space as a military domain, the role of space across UK government, space resilience, counterspace capabilities, SSA/STM and international space programmes. She has written on space topics for a range of publications and regularly contributes to the media.
    Alexandra holds an MSc in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck College, University of London, a BA(Hons) in International Studies from the Open University, and a BSc(Hons) in Physics with Astronomy from the University of Nottingham.
     

    Ms Bhavya Lal

    Researcher, Institute for Defense Analyses
    Ms Bhavya Lal

    Bhavya Lal, Ph.D., is a researcher at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center established by Congress to provide independent and objective advice to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and other executive branch agencies. At STPI, Dr. Lal leads analyses of topics in space technology, strategy, and policy for OSTP, the National Space Council, NASA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Federal Aviation Administration, and other space-oriented Federal agencies and departments.
    She recently co-chaired the National Academy of Science (NAS) Committee on the State of U.S. Electronic Parts Radiation Testing Infrastructure for Space Applications, and was previously vice-chair of the NAS committee on Achieving Science Goals with CubeSats, and member of the committee on 3D Printing in Space. She is serving a second term on the NOAA Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES), and on the UN Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) to develop an international scientific roadmap for small satellites. She co-organizes a seminar series on space history and policy with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
    Before joining STPI, Dr. Lal was president of C-STPS LLC, a science and technology policy research and consulting firm. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Studies at Abt Associates. Dr. Lal holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a second M.S. from MIT’s Technology and Policy Program, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration (Science and Technology Policy) from George Washington University.
     

    Ms Catherine Burnett

    Space Weather Programme Manager, Met Office
    Ms Catherine Burnett

    Catherine Burnett is the Space Weather Programme Manager for the Met Office, where she is responsible for co-ordinating the development and delivery of operational space weather services utilising her background in space physics and project management.
    The Met Office is the national weather service in the UK and owns of the space weather risk on behalf of the UK government.  The Met Office role is to increase the awareness and knowledge of space weather and to deliver space weather products and services to UK government departments, critical infrastructure providers and members of the public.
     

    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Chief of International MilSatCom, Space and Missile Systems Centre, U.S. Air Force
    Ms Deanna Ryals

    Ms. Deanna L. Ryals is the Chief of the International Programs Division (MCI) within the MILSATCOM Systems Directorate (MC), Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), Los Angeles, AFB CA. The division is responsible for providing an enterprisewide approach to jointly acquiring MILSATCOM systems with key international partners and allies and identifiying future opportunities for joint development of capabilities, architectures, policies, and technologies. The US DoD is currently partnering with nine allies across the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) and Advanced Extermely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite programs and is executing eight Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) totaling $2B in international partner contributions.

    In 1988, she entered federal government service working for the Army Corps of Engineers. For more than 25 years, she has supported the Department of Defense (DoD) in both civil service and industry.

    From 1988 to 2001, Ms. Ryals supported numerous Army and Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) organizations by providing acquisition and financial management support. In 2001, she joined the Secretary of the Air Force (SAF) Space Acquisition Directorate (AQS) monitoring the $10B MILSATCOM terminals acquisition portfolio. In 2007, SAF/AQS established a single focal point for all MILSATCOM international activities, and Ms. Ryals was assigned the lead role. In this role, she supported the development of a MOU with Australia culminating in a $6.2B partnership to expand the WGS constellation to six satellites. Then, in 2010, she served as the acquisition lead for the development of a
    multilateral WGS MOU with five partners culminating in a $10.5B partnership (the largest AF International Armaments Cooperative Program for a space capability) expanding the WGS constellation to nine satellites. In 2012, Ms. Ryals became the Program Manager for Acquisition Strategy Development under the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space Launch (AFPEO/SL) in Chantilly, Virginia. In this role, Ms. Ryals was instrumental in securing DoD Acquisition Executive approval of a new acquisition strategy for future DoD National Security Space (NSS) launches that introduced a competitive environment for all certified U.S. launch service providers. Ms. Ryals rejoined MILSATCOM in January 2013, as the Chief of International Programs.


     

    Ms Maria Piera Padula

    Space Surveillance and Tracking, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
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    Ralph Dinsley

    Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
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    Rear Admiral Richard Correll

    Director, Plans and Policy, J5, US STRATCOM
    Rear Admiral Richard Correll

    Rear Adm. Rich Correll graduated from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. He also holds a master’s degree in international strategic studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

    His command assignments include the USS Topeka (SSN 754); Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 11 in San Diego; and Submarine Group 7 in Yokosuka, Japan. He also served at sea on the USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730), USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709) and USS Buffalo (SSN 715).

    His staff assignments include duty at the U.S. Fleet Forces Command as the director of Joint and Maritime Operations (N3), Strategic Systems Programs Headquarters, Naval Personnel Command, Naval Reactors Headquarters in the “Line Locker” and an assignment on the staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the military assistant to the deputy under secretary of defense for strategy plans and forces and military assistant for the under secretary of defense for policy.

    In July 2018, he assumed his current duties as the Director, Plans and Policy, United States Strategic Command. He is responsible for the development and implementation of national security policy and guidance, military strategy and guidance, space and weapons employment policy and concepts and joint doctrine as they apply to the execution of the command’s global mission.

    Correll served on Navy teams that have been awarded the Naval Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Battle Efficiency E Awards.
     

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

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

    Sqn Ldr (Ret’d) Ralph “Dinz” Dinsley is a retired surveillance of space practitioner with more than 32 years of service in the RAF. Joining in 1985 as a Fighter Controller, his final assignments included leading the RAF contribution to global SSA in 2 significant programmes. His unique experience is underpinned, as a CAS Fellow, with an MA in Peace and Development from Leeds Metropolitan University; his dissertation covering "Critical Perspectives on UK Space Security". Dinz is now Director of NorSS Ltd and an observer to the Hague Space Resource Governance Working Group.

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    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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    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.

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    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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