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Due to high demand, SMi Group is proud to announce the inaugural Military Space Disruptive Technology Conference and Exhibition, taking place on 25th – 26th April 2022 in London, UK. After launching as a pre-conference Focus Day at the industry-leading Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition, Military Space Disruptive Technology will now run as a standalone event alongside Military Space Situational Awareness in SMi Group’s Space Week (25th – 28th April 2021).

Disruptive technology and innovative thinking have recently become buzz-phrases in the military space field: worldwide militaries are creating agile innovation units with extraordinary levels of autonomy; industry partners are setting up programmes with the sole aim of providing paradigm-shifting technology; and initiatives like the UK/US Space Pitch Days are offering unprecedented access and funding to non-traditional solution providers. With the traditional dominance of the US and its partners being increasingly threatened in the space domain, it is now being recognised that only fast and frequent innovation in all aspects of the military space enterprise will ensure that there is “never a day without space”.

The inaugural Military Space Disruptive Technology Conference and Exhibition is designed to address this imperative head-on. By gathering innovation champions, strategic visionaries, and technology disruptors from across the military space enterprise, the conference will provide an ideal setting for critical discussions and thought leadership that will shape the future. Touching on critical topics like AI, agile launch, small satellite technology and robotics, there is no better place to join the conversation on space innovation and pave the way towards the next generation of military space technology.

Military Space Disruptive Technology is one of the only innovation conferences in the world dedicated solely to the military space sector. Featuring a packed exhibition and drawing in truly global representatives from government, industry and research, this is a new event not to be missed.

  • Meet and network with innovation leaders from industry, military and government across two days, including dedicated networking breaks, drinks receptions, and more!
  • Delve into the latest topics and trends shaping the future of military space technology
  • Learn about the latest approaches to innovation and disruption from leading military innovation units
  • Expand your network with our global audience from government, industry and research
  • Explore cutting-edge topics like responsive launch, AI, robotics, and small satellite technology

MOD ISS ; Actia Telecom; Advanced Stabilized Technologies Group; Advantech Wireless; Aetheric Engineering Ltd; AFSPC Commercial Satellite Communications Office, USAF; AFSPC Space and Missile Systems Center, USAF; AFSPC/SMC; Aicox Soluciones S.A.; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Airbus Defence & Space Inc; Airbus Defence and Space; Airbus Defence and Space Ltd; Airbus Defence and Space SAS ; Airbus Group; Airbus OneWeb Satellites; AIRBUS U.S. Space and Defense Inc; AQYR; Arabsat; Arianespace; Armada; Australian Department Of Defence; Australian Department of Defence / Joint Capabilities Group; Avanti Communications; Avascent; Avidonn Consulting; Baader Planetarium GMBH; Babcock; Babcock International ; BAE Systems; BAE Systems (Applied Intelligence); Belcastel Space Consulting; Boeing Defence Australia; Brazilian Air Force; Brazilian Armed Forces; Brazilian Army; BT; Cabinet Office of Japan; Callisto; Canadian Armed Forces; CAST; CCISE, Brazilian MOD; CGI; Chilean Air Force; China Aerospace Studies Institute ; CIS Agency of Czech MOD; CITC; Clearbox Systems; Collins Aerospace; Comsat; Comtech EF Data; CPI Satcom Division ; Cubic Mission Solutions; Cubic Nuvotronics; Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation; DataPath; Defence Science and Technology; Defence Space Administration; Defense Communication Command, Republic of Korea Armed Forces; Deloitte; Department of International Trade; Descartes Labs Inc; DGA; DISA; DLR; Dstl; Egyptian Armed Forces; EM Solutions; Embassy of Ukraine; ETL Systems Ltd; European Space Agency ; Eutelsat; Eutelsat America Corporation; Eutelsat S A; Eutelsat UK Ltd; Evistacom LLC; ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc; Finnish Defence Forces ; FMV; French Armed Forces; French Embassy DGA; French Joint Space Command; General Dynamics Ltd.; General Dynamics Mission Systems; GetSat; Gilat Satellite Networks; Global Military Communications; GovSat; Grimes, McGovern & Associates; Hellas Sat; High Capabilities Technologies (H I C A P); HISDESAT; HMGCC; HUGHES NETWOKS SYSTEMS ; Hughes Network Systems; Hytec Inter Co Ltd; iDirect ; iDirect Europe ; IHS Jane's; Indian Space Research Organisation; Inmarsat; Inmarsat, Inc; Inster; Institute For Defense Analyses; Integrasys; Intellian Technologies; Intelsat; Intelsat General; Isotropic Systems; ISS, MOD Corsham; ISS, UK MOD; Italian Defence General Staff; Italian Defense General Staff; iTrinegy Ltd; JFC Cap C4ISR; JFC, UK MOD; Joint Forces Command HQ; JSAT International Inc; Kratos; Kratos ; Kymeta; Kymeta Corporation; L3 GCS; L3 Technologies; L3Harris; Leidos; Leonardo DRS; LinQuest Corp; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Luxembourg Directorate of Defence; LuxGovSat; Marlink; MBDA UK Ltd; MCC Corporation; Media Broadcast Satellite Gmbh; Methera Global Communications; Ministry of Defence, UK; Mission Microwave; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; MoD ISS; National Centre for Space Studies (CNES); National Information Agency (NIC); NATO ACT; NATO Allied Maritime Command; NATO Communications and Informations Agency (NCIA); NATO HQ; NATO HQ MARCOM; NATO Special Operations HQ; ND SatCom; NDMA; NEC Corporation; Netherlands Defense Materiel Organization; Netherlands Ministry of Defence; New Zealand Defence Force; Newtec; NIWC/TPO/STF, Ltd; Northern Sky Research, LLC; Northern Space & Security Ltd; Northrop Grumman; Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems; Norwegian Cyberdefence; Norwegian MOD; Novelsat; NSSI; NSSL; NSSL Global Ltd; NSSLGlobal Ltd; Nuvotronics; OHB System; OneWeb; Optus Major City Earth Station; Optus Satellite; Over Horizon AB; PA Consulting Group; Paradigm ; PlaneWave Instruments ; Plexus Corp; Polish National Cyber Security Center; RAF; Raytheon; Raytheon Company; Raytheon SAS; Raytheon Systems Limited; Raytheon UK; Reflex Photonics; Renaissance Strategic Advisors; ReQu Tech; ReQuTech; RHEA Group; Rockwell Colllins; Romanian Defence Staff; Royal Air Force; Royal Navy; Royal Saudi Naval Forces; SAE International; Safran; Santander Teleport; SAPNS2 - APEX; SatADSL S.A; SAVI, LLC; SciSys UK Ltd; Semper Fortis Solutions; Seraphim Capital; Serco Ltd; Services Sound & Vision Corporation Media Innovation; SES; SES Government Solutions; SES Government Systems; SES Networks; Shetland Space Centre ; Signal Branch; SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation; Skyrora; SNXP Ltd; Space and Missile Systems Center; Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), US Space Force; Space Intel Report ; Space Norway; Space Vehicles Directorate; Spacecom; SpaceNews, Inc; Special Aerospace Services; Spectra Group; Speedcast; SRT Wireless, LLC; SSC Space UK; Stellar Solutions Aerospace Ltd.; Strategic Affairs Secretariat - Presidency of Brazil; SurCom International; Swedish Armed Forces; Tampa Microwave; Teledyne Paradise Datacom ; Telesat; Telespazio; Telespazio France; Telespazio S.p.A.; Teletimes Media LLC.; Terrasat Communications Inc; Thales Alenia Space; Thales Alenia Space UK Ltd; Thales Communications & Security; Thales Communications & Security S.A; Thales UK; The Aerospace Corporation; The Aerospace International Research Center GmbH ; The Genus Group; The Gund Company; The Traville Group; Third Sales Division; Trans Capital Air Ltd.; TURKSAT AS; UAE GHQ; UK Defence Solutions Centre (UK DSC); UK Ministry of Defence; UK MOD; UK Space Agency; UKDSC; UltiSat, Inc.; Ultra Electronics GIGASAT; United States Air Force; University Of Bristol; University of Strathclyde; US AFRICOM; US Air Force; US Air Force SMC/MCX; US DOD; USAF; USAF, Space and Missile Systems Center; USAF/AFSPC/Space and Missile Systems Center; USSOCOM J636 ; Viasat ; ViaSat Communications Inc; ViaSat UK Ltd; ViaSat, Inc.; Virgin Orbit; VOX Space; VT iDirect Inc; Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems; XTAR;

MOD ISS ; Actia Telecom; Advanced Stabilized Technologies Group; Advantech Wireless; Aetheric Engineering Ltd; AFSPC Commercial Satellite Communications Office, USAF; AFSPC Space and Missile Systems Center, USAF; AFSPC/SMC; Aicox Soluciones S.A.; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Airbus Defence & Space Inc; Airbus Defence and Space; Airbus Defence and Space Ltd; Airbus Defence and Space SAS ; Airbus Group; Airbus OneWeb Satellites; AIRBUS U.S. Space and Defense Inc; AQYR; Arabsat; Arianespace; Armada; Australian Department Of Defence; Australian Department of Defence / Joint Capabilities Group; Avanti Communications; Avascent; Avidonn Consulting; Baader Planetarium GMBH; Babcock; Babcock International ; BAE Systems; BAE Systems (Applied Intelligence); Belcastel Space Consulting; Boeing Defence Australia; Brazilian Air Force; Brazilian Armed Forces; Brazilian Army; BT; Cabinet Office of Japan; Callisto; Canadian Armed Forces; CAST; CCISE, Brazilian MOD; CGI; Chilean Air Force; China Aerospace Studies Institute ; CIS Agency of Czech MOD; CITC; Clearbox Systems; Collins Aerospace; Comsat; Comtech EF Data; CPI Satcom Division ; Cubic Mission Solutions; Cubic Nuvotronics; Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation; DataPath; Defence Science and Technology; Defence Space Administration; Defense Communication Command, Republic of Korea Armed Forces; Deloitte; Department of International Trade; Descartes Labs Inc; DGA; DISA; DLR; Dstl; Egyptian Armed Forces; EM Solutions; Embassy of Ukraine; ETL Systems Ltd; European Space Agency ; Eutelsat; Eutelsat America Corporation; Eutelsat S A; Eutelsat UK Ltd; Evistacom LLC; ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc; Finnish Defence Forces ; FMV; French Armed Forces; French Embassy DGA; French Joint Space Command; General Dynamics Ltd.; General Dynamics Mission Systems; GetSat; Gilat Satellite Networks; Global Military Communications; GovSat; Grimes, McGovern & Associates; Hellas Sat; High Capabilities Technologies (H I C A P); HISDESAT; HMGCC; HUGHES NETWOKS SYSTEMS ; Hughes Network Systems; Hytec Inter Co Ltd; iDirect ; iDirect Europe ; IHS Jane's; Indian Space Research Organisation; Inmarsat; Inmarsat, Inc; Inster; Institute For Defense Analyses; Integrasys; Intellian Technologies; Intelsat; Intelsat General; Isotropic Systems; ISS, MOD Corsham; ISS, UK MOD; Italian Defence General Staff; Italian Defense General Staff; iTrinegy Ltd; JFC Cap C4ISR; JFC, UK MOD; Joint Forces Command HQ; JSAT International Inc; Kratos; Kratos ; Kymeta; Kymeta Corporation; L3 GCS; L3 Technologies; L3Harris; Leidos; Leonardo DRS; LinQuest Corp; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Luxembourg Directorate of Defence; LuxGovSat; Marlink; MBDA UK Ltd; MCC Corporation; Media Broadcast Satellite Gmbh; Methera Global Communications; Ministry of Defence, UK; Mission Microwave; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; MoD ISS; National Centre for Space Studies (CNES); National Information Agency (NIC); NATO ACT; NATO Allied Maritime Command; NATO Communications and Informations Agency (NCIA); NATO HQ; NATO HQ MARCOM; NATO Special Operations HQ; ND SatCom; NDMA; NEC Corporation; Netherlands Defense Materiel Organization; Netherlands Ministry of Defence; New Zealand Defence Force; Newtec; NIWC/TPO/STF, Ltd; Northern Sky Research, LLC; Northern Space & Security Ltd; Northrop Grumman; Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems; Norwegian Cyberdefence; Norwegian MOD; Novelsat; NSSI; NSSL; NSSL Global Ltd; NSSLGlobal Ltd; Nuvotronics; OHB System; OneWeb; Optus Major City Earth Station; Optus Satellite; Over Horizon AB; PA Consulting Group; Paradigm ; PlaneWave Instruments ; Plexus Corp; Polish National Cyber Security Center; RAF; Raytheon; Raytheon Company; Raytheon SAS; Raytheon Systems Limited; Raytheon UK; Reflex Photonics; Renaissance Strategic Advisors; ReQu Tech; ReQuTech; RHEA Group; Rockwell Colllins; Romanian Defence Staff; Royal Air Force; Royal Navy; Royal Saudi Naval Forces; SAE International; Safran; Santander Teleport; SAPNS2 - APEX; SatADSL S.A; SAVI, LLC; SciSys UK Ltd; Semper Fortis Solutions; Seraphim Capital; Serco Ltd; Services Sound & Vision Corporation Media Innovation; SES; SES Government Solutions; SES Government Systems; SES Networks; Shetland Space Centre ; Signal Branch; SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation; Skyrora; SNXP Ltd; Space and Missile Systems Center; Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), US Space Force; Space Intel Report ; Space Norway; Space Vehicles Directorate; Spacecom; SpaceNews, Inc; Special Aerospace Services; Spectra Group; Speedcast; SRT Wireless, LLC; SSC Space UK; Stellar Solutions Aerospace Ltd.; Strategic Affairs Secretariat - Presidency of Brazil; SurCom International; Swedish Armed Forces; Tampa Microwave; Teledyne Paradise Datacom ; Telesat; Telespazio; Telespazio France; Telespazio S.p.A.; Teletimes Media LLC.; Terrasat Communications Inc; Thales Alenia Space; Thales Alenia Space UK Ltd; Thales Communications & Security; Thales Communications & Security S.A; Thales UK; The Aerospace Corporation; The Aerospace International Research Center GmbH ; The Genus Group; The Gund Company; The Traville Group; Third Sales Division; Trans Capital Air Ltd.; TURKSAT AS; UAE GHQ; UK Defence Solutions Centre (UK DSC); UK Ministry of Defence; UK MOD; UK Space Agency; UKDSC; UltiSat, Inc.; Ultra Electronics GIGASAT; United States Air Force; University Of Bristol; University of Strathclyde; US AFRICOM; US Air Force; US Air Force SMC/MCX; US DOD; USAF; USAF, Space and Missile Systems Center; USAF/AFSPC/Space and Missile Systems Center; USSOCOM J636 ; Viasat ; ViaSat Communications Inc; ViaSat UK Ltd; ViaSat, Inc.; Virgin Orbit; VOX Space; VT iDirect Inc; Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems; XTAR;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

Mrs Robin Yeman

Mrs Robin Yeman, Chief Technical Officer, Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation
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9:00 Innovation in UK MilSpace: Direction of Travel for a Forward Thinking Space Nation

Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth

Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth, Director Space, UK MOD
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  • Outline of the UK MOD’s space ambitions and main lines of effort to create a resilient and effective space capability
  • The conflicts of the future: where the UK and allies need to be to maintain overmatch, and what technologies can help us achieve these goals
  • The UK space innovation ecosystem: integrating and aligning disparate organisations towards a common goal
  • Collaborating differently: where allies and industry partners can better support the UK’s vision, and ways for better collaboration
  • 9:30 Boosting Disruptive Technology Development in the British Space Industry

    Mr Will Whitehorn

    Mr Will Whitehorn, President, Ukspace
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  •  The British space industry’s voice: the role of UKspace and what we do to promote the British space industry’s interests
  • Role of industry in promoting disruptive ideas and why industry is well suited to taking on this task
  • Government/industry partnership: creating a new paradigm of flexible, innovative collaboration to drive growth
  • Funding opportunities for industry partners to accelerate innovative solutions
  • 10:00 Innovation in Practice

    Ms Rachel Solomons

    Ms Rachel Solomons, Scientific Adviser, UK Space Command
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  • UK Space Command progress so far
  • Technology push: engagement with industry
  • User pull: how to broker the relationship with the user community
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 jHub: Advantage through Innovation

    Flying Officer Luke Hilton

    Flying Officer Luke Hilton, Space Innovation Scout, jHub, UK Strategic Command
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  • jHUb’s role to facilitate innovation within the MOD and methods of working to achieve this
  • Advantages of using non-traditional technology suppliers and acquisition methods
  • Innovating differently: progress with creating an “innovation mindset” among stakeholders
  • Importance of rapid movement through acquisition pathways to move Technical Readiness Level technology into the hands of the warfighter
  • 11:30 DIU: Enabling Innovation by Bridging the Civil/Military Gap

    Brigadier General Steven Butow

    Brigadier General Steven Butow, Director, Space Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit
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  • Gap between private and government investment and why it is key to harness innovative technology in the private sector for military use
  • DIU’s space portfolio and its aims to deliver non-traditional technology to the warfighter
  • Insight into the Rapid Agile Launch Initiative and how this demonstrates DIU’s design philosophy
  • Contract vehicles and risk: what can international militaries learn from DIU’s experience of risk-tolerant contracts
  • 12:00 Leveraging Commercial Innovation to Discover Novel Tech for the US Space Force

    Captain Roger Anderson

    Captain Roger Anderson, Co-Founder and Program Manager, US Space Force Accelerator
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  • Catalyst Accelerator & Hyperspace Challenge connect startup tech with Space Force customers
  • Realizing disruptive technology requires us to get beyond iterative improvement to revolutionary change.
  • Examples of companies discovered through the Accelerators and the impact they’re having
  • 12:30 Industrial Cooperation Projects in Space Domain Supported by the Italian National Armaments Directorate

    Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Dolce

    Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Dolce, Head SSA Section and Lead Innovation, Italian National Armaments Directorate (Subject to Final Confirmation)
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  • Space innovation in Italy
  • Key priorities for industrial cooperation and collaboration
  • Incorporating debris mitigation practices into Italian military space operations
     
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 How AI will Enable the Hybrid Space Architecture

    Mr Guy de Carufel

    Mr Guy de Carufel, CTO & Founder, Cognitive Space
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  • Defence implications in implementing a successful hybrid space architecture
  • Challenges related to planning and execution
  • How we can leverage AI to maximize the use of space
  • 14:30 The Role of Space in Delivering Actionable Intelligence

    Mr Quentin Donnellan

    Mr Quentin Donnellan, GM, Space and Defense, Hypergiant
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  • Emergence of rapid delivery of systems to the extreme edge (including LEO)
  • All-domain sensor inputs fused and presented in a common operating picture
  • Challenge of presenting the right information at the right time to the right person to make the best decision
  • 15:00 Distributed Spacecraft Autonomy

    Dr Nick Cramer

    Dr Nick Cramer, Project Manager, NASA Ames Research Center
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  • Lower cost satellites have broadened the ability to use distributed space systems (DSS) to achieve mission objective
  • These systems face increasing complexity as they increase the number of assets in the system but can be tasked and used in combination to meet a combination of objectives
  • To unlock the capabilities of these DSS they will need to be able to operate autonomous of the ground which will allow them to capture short and infrequent events that might otherwise be missed.
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Using In-Orbit Inspection for Space Domain Awareness

    Mr David Balson

    Mr David Balson, Director Space Security, Risk and Resilience, HEO Robotics
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  • Understanding objects in-orbit is critical to defense decision makers to gain insight and confidence in the security and resilience of the space domain.
  • High Earth Orbit Robotics is using space-to-space imaging for the first time to provide ground-truth data on non-cooperative objects in earth orbit and enable new forms of in-orbit reconnaissance.
  • Through a combination of space-borne sensors and cloud-based platform, HEO Robotics can provide fast and efficient tasking of space assets for novel space domain awareness capabilities.
     
  • 16:30 Panel: AI and Space: Are We There Yet?

  • AI as a key enabler: what capability enhancements will it offer and what should we look to do first?
  • What do our adversaries have? Should we be concerned?
  • Technological limitations for in-space AI: where are our greatest roadblocks and what can we do to overcome them faster?
  • The future: can we realistically expect to have a fully AI-enabled fleet of satellites in future?
  • Mrs Robin Yeman

    Mrs Robin Yeman, Chief Technical Officer, Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation
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    Mr Quentin Donnellan

    Mr Quentin Donnellan, GM, Space and Defense, Hypergiant
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    Mr Guy de Carufel

    Mr Guy de Carufel, CTO & Founder, Cognitive Space
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    Dr Nick Cramer

    Dr Nick Cramer, Project Manager, NASA Ames Research Center
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    Mr Andy Vick

    Mr Andy Vick, Head of Disruptive Technology, RAL Space (UKRI/STFC)
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    17:15 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mrs Robin Yeman

    Mrs Robin Yeman, Chief Technical Officer, Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation
    View Bio

    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

    Mrs Robin Yeman

    Mrs Robin Yeman, Chief Technical Officer, Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation
    View Bio

    9:00 Future Space Architecture for the MOD

    Dr Junayd Miah

    Dr Junayd Miah, Principal Space Scientist, DSTL
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  • Why there is interest for a MOD space architecture.
  • Overview of the vision and architectural requirements for MOD space
  • Future opportunities industry and challenges for operations
  • 9:30 CASINO Program: Focal Point for Space Systems Command (SSC) proliferated Low Earth Orbit (pLEO) Prototyping and Architecture Development

    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Trimailo

    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Trimailo, Materiel Leader, CASINO Program Office, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
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  • SSC is embracing smaller, cheaper satellites in higher quantities for a variety of missions - lower unit cost, rapid tech insertion, agile replenishment benefits
  • Investigating the ability to integrate new sensors into emerging Government and Commercial mega constellations for high speed cross-mission data transport
  • Assessing the ability for pLEO architectures and new commercial technology to augment several mission areas, including remote sensing, SATCOM, and PNT
  • 10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 AFRL Small Satellite Portfolio: Developing the USSF and USAF's Small Satellites of the Future

    Mrs Charlene Jacka

    Mrs Charlene Jacka, Chief Engineer, Small Satellite Portfolio, US Air Force Research Laboratory

  •  Continued scope of the Small Satellite portfolio and lines of effort to deliver comprehensive small sat solutions
  • Rapid Architecture, Prototyping, and Integration (RAPID) Laboratory: the new one-stop shop for in-house design, fabrication, assembly, data analysis, concept development and operations
  • Current experimental technology experiments and where these will add value
  • Future vision: how will the small satellite development portfolio exist within the DOD?
  • 11:30 Overview of the NASA Small Spacecraft Technology Program

    Mr Roger Hunter

    Mr Roger Hunter, Programme Manager, Small Spacecraft and Technology, NASA
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  • Objectives
  • Recently completed technology demonstration mission
  • Roadmap NASA Small Spacecraft Technology is following for upcoming demonstrations
  • 12:15 Team ARTEMIS: The Space Command-Led Small Satellite Programme to Transform UK Space-Based ISR Collection

    Squadron Leader Mark Platt

    Squadron Leader Mark Platt, SO2 Artemis, UK Space Command

  • The scope of Programme ARTEMIS and its partners, sponsors, and stakeholders
  • Update on the Programme progress and potential timelines for an experimentation
  • Supporting investments: considerations for training, development, C2 and SA as part of the Team ARTEMIS mission
  • 12:45 Networking Lunch

    13:45 Using Additive Manufacturing to Revolutionize Aerospace Systems

    Mr Joshua Brost

    Mr Joshua Brost, Vice President of Business Development , Relativity Space
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  • Relativity Space has developed the world’s largest 3D metal printers and is using them to develop both a low-cost expendable small launcher and a fully reusable medium lift launcher.
  • 3D printing enables products that are more reliable, faster to manufacture, and less expensive while also enabling a dramatic simplification of the required supply chains
  • 14:15 Firefly: Future Approaches to National Security Space Launch

    Mr Eric Salwan

    Mr Eric Salwan, CTO, Firefly

  • Presentation to be confirmed
  • 15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 AFRL Space Experimentation Capabillities

    Colonel Jonathan Luminati

    Colonel Jonathan Luminati, Chief, Integrated Experiments and Evaluations Division, US Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate
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  •  Fostering Innovation in a Changing Environment
  • Using Small Satellites as Part of a Hybrid Architecture
  • Overview of AFRL/RVE’s Space Experiments Portfolio
  • 16:15 Redwire Space Disruptive Technology for Defence

    Ms Juli Lawless

    Ms Juli Lawless, Director, National Defense, Redwire Space
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  • Who is Redwire? Company overview and outline of technology thrusts
  • On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM) (including in-space manufacturing and robotics)
  • Pervasive Structures / Advanced Deployables
  • Digital Engineering and its importance to the US Space Force, the first Digital US Military Branch
  • 16:45 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mrs Robin Yeman

    Mrs Robin Yeman, Chief Technical Officer, Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation
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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth

    Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth

    Director Space, UK MOD
    Dr Junayd Miah

    Dr Junayd Miah

    Principal Space Scientist, DSTL
    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Trimailo

    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Trimailo

    Materiel Leader, CASINO Program Office, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
    Mr Will Whitehorn

    Mr Will Whitehorn

    President, Ukspace
    Ms Rachel Solomons

    Ms Rachel Solomons

    Scientific Adviser, UK Space Command

    Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth

    Director Space, UK MOD
    Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth

    Air Vice-Marshal Harv Smyth is UK’s Director Space, leading the Space Directorate in the Ministry of Defence (MOD), responsible for defence space strategy, policy, capability planning and cross-government coherency.

    Smyth joined the RAF in 1991, and spent 15 years as a frontline Harrier pilot and weapons instructor. He has extensive combat experience from multiple theatres and has had the privilege to command at Flight, Squadron, Station, Force and Group levels. In staff, he has a strong background in Capability Development & Delivery of cutting edge programmes, such as F-35 Lightning and Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier.

    Brigadier General Steven Butow

    Director, Space Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit
    Brigadier General Steven Butow

    Steve “Bucky” Butow is the Director of the Space Portfolio at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). He joined the team in 2015 as an early plank owner when DIU was known as the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) and helped establish the organization’s operating locations in Silicon Valley; Boston, Massachusetts; and Austin, Texas.

    Prior to joining DIU, Butow was the Vice Chief of the Joint Staff, California Military Department with responsibilities including cybersecurity, incident awareness and innovation. He is a former Commander of the 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Federal Airfield, CA, where his responsibilities included organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining 970 combat-ready forces and $1 Billion dollars of MC-130P aircraft, HH-60G helicopters and special mission equipment supporting the U.S. Air Force's combat rescue and personnel recovery missions. He has additionally served as the Deputy Director of the Joint Search and Rescue Center for U.S. Central Command in 2005, and as Chief of Personnel Recovery for U.S. Air Forces Central in 2007 supporting Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. He has more than 3,500 flying hours in T-37, T-38, C-130, HC-130 and MC-130P aircraft. In his reserve capacity, Butow is a Brigadier General serving part time as a Special Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard in a federal (Title 10) status.

    As a researcher with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, Butow worked on instrument concepts for Mars surface soil analysis at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. He later served as co-principal investigator for a series of airborne science missions for which he was recognized for outstanding achievement and contributions to the Space Science Division in 1999 and received an Ames Honor Award as a member of an Astrobiology Mission Project Team in 2000.

    Butow graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Physics & Astronomy and earned a M.S. in Management with specialization in Air and Space Strategic Studies from the University of Maryland. He has also completed executive courses at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and was a member of the National Leadership Preparedness Initiative (NPLI) Cohort 16. Butow is a lifetime member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for academic achievement.

    Captain Roger Anderson

    Co-Founder and Program Manager, US Space Force Accelerator
    Captain Roger Anderson

    Captain Roger S. Anderson is the Air Force Space Accelerator Deputy Program Manager at the Air Force Research Lab for Space Vehicles at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. He aligns start-up company innovation with the needs of the Air Force and matures start-up technology for integration into current and future systems. Captain Anderson also leads the directorate’s professional development program exposing young acquisition professionals to innovative acquisitions early in their careers. Captain Anderson is a 2012 graduate of The University of Arizona where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He was previously stationed at Hill Air Force Base as the Engineering Source Authority for the AN/APG 66 and 68 radar transmitters. Following his time supporting the F-16, he was made the Lead Hardness Critical Item Engineer tasked with protecting the nuclear hardness integrity of 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles. After his assignment at Hill Air Force Base, Captain Anderson earned his Master’s degree in electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

    Colonel Jonathan Luminati

    Chief, Integrated Experiments and Evaluations Division, US Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate
    Colonel Jonathan Luminati

    Col Jonathan E. Luminati is the Senior Materiel Leader and Chief, Integrated Experiments and Evaluations Division at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Space Vehicles Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. In this position he leads concept ideation, assessment, acquisition, operation, and transition activities for numerous satellite research and development programs supporting AFRL and the United States Space Force (USSF).

    The Colonel was commissioned into the Air Force in May 1998 via the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Cornell University. He has served in a variety of acquisition-related positions supporting space systems, missile defense, sensors, and communications with efforts covering research and development through transition into operations. He also served as a political-military affairs strategist fostering closer military cooperation with numerous allied and partner nations. Prior to his current position, the Colonel was the Military Lead for Networked Command, Control, and Communication at the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering), the Pentagon, Washington D.C.

    A core developmental engineer (62E) Colonel Luminati has experience the in program management (63), regional-affairs strategist (16R), and planning and programming (16R) career fields. He has a PhD in electrical engineering, specializing in radar along with level 3 certifications in engineering, program management and space systems.

    Dr Junayd Miah

    Principal Space Scientist, DSTL
    Dr Junayd Miah

    Dr Junayd Miah is nationally and internationally recognised as a UK space subject matter expert, having led the development and delivery of several critical space capabilities for the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Much of his work has been pathfinding research and development in collaboration with international partners that enabled the MOD to expand its space capabilities.

    Of note, Dr Junayd Miah delivered the UK governments first owned and operated Ground Station and Mission Operations Centre, and enabled the operation of its first satellite in over 17 years. The development, delivery and subsequent operations of this facility enabled many technical, policy and governance challenges to be addressed as the MOD looked to revitalise its space capabilities.

    Dr Junayd Miah currently leads the technical delivery of the MODs notional space architecture, and supports UK Space Command and Space Directorate in addressing critical challenges in its delivery. The development of this architecture will enable the operation of future sovereign space assets in addition to collaborative operations with commercial and international partners.

    Throughout his career, Dr Junayd Miah has demonstrated the ability to deliver towards national objectives, and influence partners and suppliers towards achieving MOD long-term visions. He has a proven track record to research, innovate, and collaborate to deliver quality assured space solutions for the benefit of the UK. Outside of delivering capability for MOD, Dr Junayd Miah frequently supports the growth and development of scientists through engagement and mentoring events in academia and community outreach programmes.
     

    Dr Nick Cramer

    Project Manager, NASA Ames Research Center
    Dr Nick Cramer

    Dr. Nick Cramer is currently the project manager for the Distributed Spacecraft Autonomy project out of NASA Ames Research Center. He is part of the Intelligent Systems Division where he has researched intelligent structures, UAVs, robotics, and currently autonomous spacecraft swarms. Dr. Cramer received his PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a specialty in Robotics and Control. He received his Bachelor degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Kettering University. Dr. Cramer also teachs a UAV design course in the Aerospace department at San Jose State University.

    Flying Officer Luke Hilton

    Space Innovation Scout, jHub, UK Strategic Command
    Flying Officer Luke Hilton

    A Space Operations Officer in the Royal Air Force, Hilton initially joined the RAF as an Air Traffic Control Officer before changing to the Space Ops branch. Hilton graduated the RAF’s Officer Training Academy, Cranwell in 2018. Following graduation Hilton’s first job was as the personal staff officer to the UKStratCom Deputy Head of Capability (Space) in the Capability Branch. After a year in this role, Hilton moved onto the Space Capability desk as the junior desk officer for Satellite Communication, Position, Navigation & Timing and Intelligence and Space-based Surveillance and Reconnaissance. As SO3 Space in UK Strategic Command HQ, Hilton took responsibility for capability development for future Joint Enabling Capabilities from Space. In this role Hilton has represented the UK at International Innovation forums, project managed a number of systems and capabilities to support the development of Joint Enabling Space capabilities, and a number of other roles in support of the Branch Cap Dev activity. In March 2021 Hilton graduated the Defence College Air & Space Operations and joined UKStratCom’s Innovation Hub: jHub. In this role Hilton seeks to connect world class tech & talent with Defence Users to solve their challenges and problems. In this team, Hilton leads the ‘Space Group’.

    Whilst doing this Hilton has been holding down a Secondary duty as the RAF Fencing Director Combat, responsible for the safe, orderly delivery of Fencing events on behalf of the RAF Fencing Association.
     

    Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Dolce

    Head SSA Section and Lead Innovation, Italian National Armaments Directorate (Subject to Final Confirmation)
    Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Dolce

    Ferdinando Dolce is a Lt.Colonel of the Italian Air Force in service at the Secretariat-General of Defence/National Armaments Directorate as Head of Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Space Innovation section.

    He was Project Officer Space of European Defence Agency (EDA) from 2017 to 2020.

    He is an Aerospace Engineer who attended the Italian Air Force Academy from 1996 to 2002. He worked at Flight Test Centre of Pratica di Mare (IT) from 2002 to 2016 concluding his command as Head of Aero-Space Engineering Group. During his mandate in the Aero-Space Engineering Group he was also Head of the Italian SST (Space Surveillance and Tracking) Operational Centre.

    From October 2016 to June 2017 he attended the 19th Joint Service Staff College in Rome.

    Ferdinando Dolce got a PhD concluded with a Master by research in Mechanical Engineering at University of Bath (UK) in 2008 and a Master’s Degree in Advanced Communication and Navigation Satellite Systems at University of Rome Tor Vergata (IT). He was qualified System Test Engineer in 2008, with a specialization in Modelling & Simulation of structures and materials (FEM). He was instructor for the Italian Flight Safety Inspectorate from 2005 to 2013 and he supported the Italian Secretariat-General of Defence from 2009 to 2016 as technical expert, chairman and lecturer of the NATO Science and Technology Organization – AVT Panel.

    He published several technical papers for national and international journals and conferences.

    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Trimailo

    Materiel Leader, CASINO Program Office, Space Systems Command, US Space Force
    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Trimailo

    Lieutenant Colonel Tim Trimailo is the Materiel Leader, Commercially Augmented Space Inter-networked Operations (CASINO) program, Innovation and Prototyping Directorate, Space Development Corps, Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA. In this role, Lt. Col. Trimailo manages the Space Force investment in DARPA’s Blackjack program, which will demonstrate military utility of a proliferated Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite architecture. In parallel, he is developing foundational prototypes and concepts of operations for future operational constellations leveraging Blackjack lessons learned and industry investment in proliferated LEO technology. Since graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 2005, Lt. Col. Trimailo has served in space acquisitions, operations, and staff assignments at the National Reconnaissance Office, Schriever Air Force Base, the Pentagon’s Air Force Legislative Liaison Office, and twice now at SMC. He and his wife, the former Lori Young of Wichita, KS, reside in Redondo Beach, CA, and have two kids.

    Mr Andy Vick

    Head of Disruptive Technology, RAL Space (UKRI/STFC)
    Mr Andy Vick

    Andy Vick is leading a disruptive development program for space applications at RAL Space, UKRIs world-leading research, development and service facility at Harwell in Oxfordshire. He is the UK PI for Speqtre, a quantum communications mission with Singapore, and is supporting a follow on mission with the UK’s Quantum Communications Hub.

    Previously Andy was based at the UK-ATC in Edinburgh where he developed instruments for the Astrophysics community and Geo-Physics research. In 2015 he commissioned a novel SWIR Spectrometer, GHOST, which flew multiple 25-hour, 18,000m flights on NASAs Global Hawks measuring greenhouse gasses.

    Mr David Balson

    Director Space Security, Risk and Resilience, HEO Robotics
    Mr David Balson

    David works on space security and resilience at High Earth Orbit (HEO) Robotics and is the Director of UK and EMEA operations for the company. At HEO he supports organisations and institutions exploit space-borne sensors to better understand adversary intentions and behaviours and quantify the ever-growing risks of space threats to our collective resilience on Earth. David is a former intelligence officer and leader in the British government and technology industry with two decades of experience working national and international security issues, and is an advisor to early-stage technology start-ups.

    Mr Eric Salwan

    CTO, Firefly
    Mr Eric Salwan

    Mr Guy de Carufel

    CTO & Founder, Cognitive Space
    Mr Guy de Carufel

    Guy de Carufel is Chief Technology Officer and Founder of Cognitive Space, a Houston based software company which is pushing the boundaries in AI-driven constellation management for commercial and government purposes. Prior to Cognitive Space, he was a consultant for the NASA Johnson Space Center developing flight software for the Orion Spacecraft, a guidance navigation and controls engineer for Firefly Space Systems, and an aerospace engineer for a NASA contractor. His technical expertise is in simulation and modelling, flight software development, command and data handling, and advanced systems development with machine learning. He was the lead developer of the CD&H application of the Core Flight System program, for which he was nominated for the NASA Software of the Year award. During his graduate studies, he contributed to 5 nanosatellite missions at the UTIAS Space Flight Lab, all of which were launched and operated successfully. Guy was also the founder of an e-commerce company, Raven City.

    Mr Joshua Brost

    Vice President of Business Development , Relativity Space
    Mr Joshua Brost

    Josh is the Vice President of Business Development at Relativity Space, leading all the company’s business development and customer mission management efforts. Disrupting 60 years of aerospace manufacturing, Relativity is a vertically integrated technology platform that fuses 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and autonomous robotics, to design, print and fly entirely 3D-printed rockets with 100x fewer parts in less than 60 days.

    As an experienced aerospace business leader, Josh has a proven track record of shaping long-term strategies that deliver company revenue growth while also shaping how customers purchase existing services and novel capabilities. Under Josh's leadership, Relativity’s first rocket, Terran 1 has become the most pre-sold rocket in history, with multiple contracts from both private and government entities, including a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contract, a Venture Class Launch Services Demonstration 2 contract with NASA as well as on-demand satellite launch contracts with Iridium, Telesat, among others.

    Prior to joining Relativity, Josh spent nine years at SpaceX where he was the Senior Director of Government Business Development, securing $3B+ in government and commercial contracts, including SpaceX’s first U.S. Air Force EELV launch services contract, an Other Transaction Authority agreement to develop a new boost stage engine, and the first operational Falcon Heavy mission. Josh also previously worked as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and as an aerospace engineer at Boeing. In addition to a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University and The University of Washington respectively, Josh earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

    Mr Joshua Western

    CEO & Co-Founder, Space Forge
    Mr Joshua Western

    Josh co-founded Space Forge in 2018. Space Forge is an in-space manufacturing company, developing the world’s first fully returnable and relaunchable satellite to unlock the benefits of space for manufacturing and experimentation at scale. By producing next generation materials on orbit and returning to Earth, a stepchange in humanity’s progress is possible which leads to a clean industrial revolution.

    Prior to co-founding Space Forge, Josh worked for Thales Alenia Space across commercial, marketing, and sales and was also seconded to the UK Space Agency where he worked on everything from Critical National Infrastructure to technology harmonisation with European Space Agency member states. He has so far met 10 astronauts.

    Mr Quentin Donnellan

    GM, Space and Defense, Hypergiant
    Mr Quentin Donnellan

    Quentin Donnellan has been with Hypergiant for the last 2 years where he has helped build and grow the space and defense verticals for the company. He currently serves as Hypergiant’s General Manager for Space and Defence, managing several teams actively delivering solutions to both private and public customers, including the US Air Force, US Space Force, and US Army. Quentin’s prior experience spans more than a decade in software engineering, machine learning, and aerospace engineering.

    Mr Roger Hunter

    Programme Manager, Small Spacecraft and Technology, NASA
    Mr Roger Hunter

    With over 40 years’ experience in US Department of Defense, Commercial, and Government Space Missions, Roger Hunter currently serves as Program Manager for NASA Small Spacecraft Technology. In this capacity for the past 5+ years, he identifies and supports the development of new subsystem technologies to expand the capabilities of small spacecraft for NASA science and exploration objectives. Previously, he served for over 6 years as the Program Manager for the NASA Kepler Mission. The Kepler Mission’s principal scientific objective has been to determine the frequency of Earth-size planets, in the habitable zone, of other stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. While working in the commercial space industry, Roger was the Program Manager for the Boeing Corporation’s Global Positioning System Sustainment activities for the the US Air Force. Roger also had a successful career in the US Air Force where he had assignments as a Program Manager for several space programs. Colonel Hunter also served as a Squadron Commander and a Deputy Operations Group Commander within the US Air Force’s 50th Space Wing. Other US Air Force tours of duty included assignments with the Headquarters US Air Force, at the Pentagon; Headquarters US Air Force Space Command, and the US Air Force Research Laboratory. He holds academic degrees from the University of Georgia, The US Air Force Institute of Technology and the US Air Force School of Advanced Airpower Studies. Roger is also a graduate of the US Air Force Air Command and Staff College and the US Air Force Air War College (C). During his career he has lectured at: numerous US universities; the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA; the University of Naples Federico II in Naples, Italy; the University of Florence in Florence, Italy; Rolls Royce HQ in Derby, England; the India Institute of Technology, Guwahati India; and he’s a TEDx alumnus. His personal interests include reading, travel, tennis, running (many 10Ks, two half-marathons, two marathons, and counting), good wine, and good memes.

    Mr Will Whitehorn

    President, Ukspace
    Mr Will Whitehorn

    Will Whitehorn was born in Edinburgh and graduated with an Honours degree from the University in Aberdeen before spending his early career as a Helicopter Search and Rescue Crewman in The North Sea (British Airways Helicopters 1982-1984).

    He then joined Thomas Cook as a graduate trainee before joining Virgin Group. He joined the Virgin Group as Group Public Relations Manager in 1987. Over the next several years he was responsible for presenting Virgin’s joint venture strategy, spent several months working in Japan and began to move into a more general management role. Will worked on the strategy to expand the brand into new areas such as financial services and telecoms.

    From 1995 onwards, Will became part of a team developing the Virgin branded venture capital model for global expansion. In 1997 he became a Director of Virgin Rail Group and in 2000, he was appointed Brand Development and Corporate Affairs Director for Virgin. In 2004 he became President of Virgin Galactic. In 2007 he took on that role in an executive part time capacity and became special advisor to Sir Richard Branson. He was also a trustee of the Virgin Unite social entrepreneurship and environmental not for profit foundation. He left Virgin at the start of 2011 but remains a consultant to Virgin Galactic.

    In addition to his Virgin involvement, Will was appointed non-executive Chair of Next Fifteen Communications Group PLC, the global technology PR consultancy in January 2004 (he retired from that role in April 2011).

    In 2009 he was appointed to the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and in 2011 was appointed Chair of its Economic Impact Committee.

    He is a member of the first Minister of Scotland’s “GlobalScot” business-mentoring network.

    Will also chaired the UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security (ITPOES) from 2007 – 2011 and remains a member of the taskforce.

    In 2010 he joined the Board of the Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow and in 2014 he was appointed Chair. In 2017, the Company changed its name to Scottish Event Campus Limited and manages the SEC Armadillo, SEC Centre and SSE Hydro.

    Will was appointed non-executive Chair of the Loewy Group in 2010 and extended that to a part-time role in 2011. He extended his role at Loewy following its acquisition by Writtle Holdings by joining the new Writtle company advisory board and taking on the Chair of the new group’s PR subsidiary, Speed Communications. Speed was sold to AIM listed Mission Marketing PLC in 2014 and as a result Will subsequently resigned as Chair.

    In 2011 Will joined the Board of Stagecoach Group PLC, the global transport group and was Deputy Chair until 2020.


    He has also held the role of the Chair of Transport Systems Catapult Ltd, a technology and innovation centre set up by the Technology Strategy Board of the British Government but resigned that after his three-year term was completed to avoid conflict with his enhanced Stagecoach role.

    From 2014 - 2020, Will was the non-executive Chair of The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh.

    In 2014, he joined Purplebricks Group PLC, a 24/7 online estate agency business in which he was a founder shareholder/director in 2012. In 2018 following the sale of a significant minority stake to Axel Springer Group, Will volunteered to resign from the Board of Purplebricks Group PLC but remains a shareholder.

    In 2016, he became Chair of Clyde Space Ltd, the UK’s leading independent space satellite manufacturer. After chairing Clyde Space for a number of years he has helped organise its sale to ÅAC Microtec this year and was invited to join the Board of the Swedish holding company and is currently a Director of the newly named ÅAC Clyde Space AB.

    In April 2017, Will was appointed as senior non-executive Director at GVC Holdings PLC, A FTSE 250 gaming and software company. Will had a significant impact on improving the governance of GVC and was involved in diversifying the Board. In 2018 the Company acquired Ladbrokes Coral, joined the FTSE 100 and took a strategic decision to expand further into the United States. Prior to the announcement of a joint venture with MGM in the USA, Will volunteered to resign to coincide with the appointment of a US Board Director.

    In October 2017, Will joined the UK Government Scottish Business Task Force. A new body set up to help advise the UK government on industrial and economic policy in Scotland.

    In July 2018, Will joined the Board of Good Energy PLC as Deputy Chair and in September 2018 he joined the Board of the Royal Air Force as a Non-Executive Director with rank equivalent of Air Vice-Marshall.

    In September 2019, Will joined UKspace as President of the trade association which represents the UK space industry. In June 2021, Will joined Seraphim Space Investment Trust Fund PLC as Chair of the world’s first listed space technology investment fund.

    In January 2020, Will became Chair of Craneware PLC, an Edinburgh based company which is engaged in the development, licensing and ongoing support of computer software for the United States healthcare industry.

    In August 2021, Will becomes Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University.

    In addition to his business commitments, Will is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, The Marketing Society and Vice President of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and fundraises for various charities.

    He holds the Royal Aeronautical Society's prestigious Geoffrey Pardoe Space Award for services to the space industry.

    He describes his hobbies as everything that moves and he is a keen scuba diver, skier, shot, classic car restorer and hill walker.
     

    Mrs Charlene Jacka

    Chief Engineer, Small Satellite Portfolio, US Air Force Research Laboratory
    Mrs Charlene Jacka

    Mrs Robin Yeman

    Chief Technical Officer, Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation
    Mrs Robin Yeman

    As the Executive Director of Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation, Rich leads a dynamic team who created a collaborative ecosystem where commercial industry, academia, the interagency warfighter and key partnerships intersect with the aerospace & defense sector sparking innovation and driving technology growth on a global scale. Rich served nearly 30 years in the Air Force’s space and nuclear ops enterprises. In parallel, he worked over 16 years in aerospace & defense industry leading ASD/R&E rapid capability programs at multiple Combatant Commands, Service Commands and Agencies. He also led community/defense integration activities at the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC.

    Ms Juli Lawless

    Director, National Defense, Redwire Space
    Ms Juli Lawless

    Juli Lawless is the Director of Business Development for National Defense for Redwire.

    Since starting with the company in 2019, Lawless is responsible for leveraging company expertise in pervasive structures and deployables, additive and in-space manufacturing, advanced sensors, and digital engineering to enable new business development initiatives in support of U.S. Defense and Intelligence missions.

    Prior to her current role, Lawless worked across various components of the US Department of Defense and Intelligence communities. Over a decade of experience providing technical, programmatic and systems engineering support to DARPA TTO, DIA, DoD, and DHS contribute to her unique expertise in disruptive technologies and the rapidly changing environment of National Security Space.

    Lawless earned her Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Astronomy, and Physical Science as well as her Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. Juli Lawless leads Redwire National Defense initiatives from Washington, D.C.
     

    Ms Rachel Solomons

    Scientific Adviser, UK Space Command
    Ms Rachel Solomons

    Rachel Solomons is Scientific Adviser at UK Space Command, aiming to maximise the impact of science, technology and innovation in the Defence space domain.

    Rachel graduated with an integrated master’s degree in Physics, before undertaking a Defence-sponsored MSc in Aerospace Engineering, specialising in computational fluid dynamics. Her career started at Defence Equipment & Support, where she provided in-service engineering and safety support to multiple military air platforms, including the helicopter, transport, and tactical UAS fleets. She also spent time in industry on civil aviation programmes, including analysing modelling software for the next-generation Rolls-Royce UltraFan engine, and as a Project Engineer at GKN Aerospace’s manufacturing facility.

    Rachel then moved on to focus on innovation for Defence, firstly on secondment to the UK Strategic Command innovation centre (jHub) and later the Defence & Security Accelerator. Here she led multiple innovation competitions, including the first International Space Pitch Day - a high-profile and award-winning collaboration between the US and the UK to find high-potential companies from around the world and place space-tech contracts at a ‘Dragons’ Den’-style event.

    Rachel joined UK Space Command in June 2021 as the first space-dedicated Scientific Adviser. She is a Chartered Engineer, member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (IKE).

    Squadron Leader Mark Platt

    SO2 Artemis, UK Space Command
    Squadron Leader Mark Platt

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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:

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

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    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.

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