Information superiority and ballistic missile defence are two key tenets of modern defence capability and the militarization of space has introduced hi-tech challenges to the armed forces’ management of these tenets.

Furthermore, as demonstrated during the Libya campaign, space-based ISR systems ensure firepower precision and limit civilian casualties when conducting military operations. The acquisition or sharing of this capability is therefore a must for all allied armed forces.

Complementing our leading satellite communications portfolio, SMi’s annual MilSpace conference draws on areas including Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Earth Observation Satellites, ISR, Missile Defence and Space Data. The conference highlights how the space domain is being utilized for both offensive and defensive means by those at the cutting edge of space technologies. It will also provoke discussion as to how future missions will be won and lost in the outer atmosphere and beyond.

Our MilSpace event features dedicated analyses of the following key areas

  • Space-based ISR
  • Missile Defence
  • Space Data
  • Space Modelling & Simulation
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems
  • Battlespace/Situational Awareness
  • Sensor Systems
  • Dual-Usage
  • Hosted Payloads
  • Earth Observation
  • Space Debris
  • Micro-satellites
  • Interoperability
  • Space Security


Attend the event and...

  • Discuss the changing nature of European militarization of space – what is the way forward?
  • Gain expert insights into the future direction and challenges facing Military Space in the US
  • Hear about the European approach to BMD and the differences between the European and US approach
  • Learn about the operational use of space and efforts to increase NATO spatial cooperation
  • Identify future opportunities for military, civil and commercial co-operation

Networking with military representatives from UK; US; France; Germany; Italy; Sweden; Belgium.

Industry Profile

Presidents, CEOs, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, Analysts, Consultants & Officers for:

  • Space development
  • Space programmes
  • Telecommunications and navigation
  • Business operations
  • Sales, marketing and business development
  • Projects and programmes
  • Systems engineering


Military Profile

Directors, Assistant Directors, Staff Officers, Engineers, Project & Programme Managers for:

  • Communications and long range communications
  • Space programmes and policy
  • Space operations
  • Missile Defence
  • Space situational awareness
  • Networks and network infrastructure development
  • Plans and requirements
  • Satellite communications
  • Operationally Responsive Space


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Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jana Robinson

Jana Robinson, Resident Fellow, European Space Policy Institute

9:10 The UK and Space Security

Group Captain Neale Dewar

Group Captain Neale Dewar, HQ 1 Group, Space Control & Battlespace Management, RAF

  • UK Defence Contribution to Space Security
  • UK National Security Policy
  • RAF Contribution to UK Space Capability
  • Cooperative approaches
  • 9:50 The Future Air and Space Joint Operating Concept

    D Jacobs

    D Jacobs, Air1 SO1 , Ministry of Defence

  • The future strategic context for UK air and space operations including the guidance provided by national policy and the impact of emerging strategic trends
  • The changing character of the air and space operating environments and description of the likely implications
  • Future delivery of air and space power through its four fundamental roles, enabled by an adaptive system of air command and control
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The Joint Space Command: Approaching Three Years of Service

    Colonel Franck Scher

    Colonel Franck Scher, Joint Space Command, Ministry of Defence, France

  • Enhancing capability through joint efforts and interoperability
  • International and domestic outreach
  • The role of joint space power in future strategy
  • 11:40 Governance of the Space Domain

    Professor Richard Crowther

    Professor Richard Crowther, Chief Engineer, UK Space Agency

  • The foundations of space governance
  • Current initiatives addressing the changing environment in orbit
  • The challenges ahead for regulators and operators
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Multi-National Governance for Open Source Space Software: The OREKIT Example

    Nicolas Frouvelle

    Nicolas Frouvelle, Head of Flight Dynamics NSSA, CS Information Systems

  • Cooperation for Space Debris and Space Situational Awareness activities
  • Space debris activities (collision risks studies, propagation of debris and satellites trajectories)
  • Governance using open source software as a step-change for multi-national cooperation on Space Debris activities
  • 14:10 Weaponization of Space: Fact or Fiction?

    Dr Eva Bernhardsdotter

    Dr Eva Bernhardsdotter, Space Scientist, Swedish Defence Research Agency

  • Definition of weaponization of space
  • Types of counterspace capabilities
  • Weaponization of space and security
  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:10 Are Star Wars Imminent?

    Guilhem Penent

    Guilhem Penent, Space Policy Program, Institute for strategic research of “École Militaire” (IRSEM)

  • The militarization and weaponization of space
  • Strategic thinking and new concepts
  • Technical, conceptual and legal aspects
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Jana Robinson

    Jana Robinson, Resident Fellow, European Space Policy Institute

    9:10 Distributed Air & Missile Defence with Spatial Grasp Technology

    Dr. Peter Sapaty

    Dr. Peter Sapaty, Director of Distributed Simulation and Control, Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems

  • High-level Spatial Grasp Technology (SGT) and its networked implementation in distributed dynamic environments
  • Inadequacy of traditional interoperability-based system organizations for withstanding massive unpredictable attacks in air and space
  • Holistic spatial grasp of asymmetric situations in Distributed Scenario Language (DSL) with global networked response
  • Effective integration of aerial and space unmanned vehicles with directed energy systems, cyber and electronic warfare under DSL scenarios
  • 9:50 Capability Needs for the Space Triad of SatCom, Space-Observation and GNSS

    Colonel Friedrich Teichmann PhD

    Colonel Friedrich Teichmann PhD, Director of the ICT Innovation Department , Austrian MoD

  • PVT-services (position, velocity and timing)
  • Policy: Galileo PRS
  • Strategic aspects: EU Battle groups
  • The need for international cooperation and the challenges of interoperability in C4ISR
  • The perspective of a small neutral country with a strong focus on UN and EU
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Operational Space Situational Awareness (SSA)

    Matthew Malek

    Matthew Malek, Director Strategic Operations, Analytical Graphics

  • Collaboration, Implementation and Challenges
  • SSA Centre Concept of Operations for collaboration and improved space safety
  • Faster delivery = Reduced risk
  • 11:40 The European Space Agency's Activities in the Context of Security and Defence

    Charlotte Mathieu

    Charlotte Mathieu, EU Relations Office, European Space Agency

  • ESA's role in further developing space for security in Europe
  • Space for emergency response management
  • Satellite Services for the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into European Airspace
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:20 The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC)

    Olivier Crop

    Olivier Crop, Head of Security, European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA)

  • Introducing a core operational capability
  • Deployment for the preparation of EU GNSS Security Chain of Command
  • Galileo governmental applications
  • 14:00 Space Crisis Management: Europe’s Response

    Jana Robinson

    Jana Robinson, Resident Fellow, European Space Policy Institute

  • Global dependency on space assets
  • Weaknesses in the ability of the international space community to manage space emergencies and “incidents”
  • Crises that involve space-based assets, rather than space capabilities that can be used for crisis management on Earth
  • Understanding the origin of the crisis, the assets involved, the scope of the crisis, and the global geopolitical backdrop
  • 14:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    15:00 Afternoon Tea



    Colonel Franck Scher

    Colonel Franck Scher

    Joint Space Command, Ministry of Defence, France
    Group Captain Neale Dewar

    Group Captain Neale Dewar

    HQ 1 Group, Space Control & Battlespace Management, RAF

    Charlotte Mathieu

    EU Relations Office, European Space Agency
    Charlotte Mathieu

    Colonel Franck Scher

    Joint Space Command, Ministry of Defence, France
    Colonel Franck Scher

    Colonel Friedrich Teichmann PhD

    Director of the ICT Innovation Department , Austrian MoD
    Colonel Friedrich Teichmann PhD

    Colonel Jean-Luc Lefebvre

    IRSEM, French Armed Forces
    Colonel Jean-Luc Lefebvre

    Dr Eva Bernhardsdotter

    Space Scientist, Swedish Defence Research Agency
    Dr Eva Bernhardsdotter

    Dr. Peter Sapaty

    Director of Distributed Simulation and Control, Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems
    Dr. Peter Sapaty

    Group Captain Al Byford

    DCDC, UK MoD
    Group Captain Al Byford

    Group Captain Neale Dewar

    HQ 1 Group, Space Control & Battlespace Management, RAF
    Group Captain Neale Dewar

    Guilhem Penent

    Space Policy Program, Institute for strategic research of “École Militaire” (IRSEM)
    Guilhem Penent

    Jana Robinson

    Resident Fellow, European Space Policy Institute
    Jana Robinson

    Major Nicolas Stassin

    Defense Development Capabilities/Space, Ministry of Defence, Belgium
    Major Nicolas Stassin

    Matthew Malek

    Director Strategic Operations, Analytical Graphics
    Matthew Malek

    Nicolas Frouvelle

    Head of Flight Dynamics NSSA, CS Information Systems
    Nicolas Frouvelle

    Olivier Crop

    Head of Security, European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA)
    Olivier Crop

    Professor Richard Crowther

    Chief Engineer, UK Space Agency
    Professor Richard Crowther

    Rodolphe Paris

    CIS Project Officer, European Defence Agency
    Rodolphe Paris

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    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.


    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.


    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.


    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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