The SMi Group are proud to announce that the 23rd annual Global MilSatCom Conference & Exhibition will return on 2nd – 4th November 2021 in London, UK, with a Disruptive Technology Focus Day on 1st November. Hailed as one of the most important gatherings in the world for the military SATCOM community, Global MilSatCom 2021 will once again be an unmissable event as MILSATCOM takes on a new level of importance in global conflict.

The MILSATCOM community finds itself at an inflection point: superiority and safety in the space domain has mostly been a given for NATO-allied militaries; technology to enhance interoperability has, overall, been underemphasized and underdeveloped; and a commander’s operational SATCOM capabilities have rarely been impeded by hostile actions. Nowadays, however, a radically different picture has emerged: the space domain is becoming very competitive as near-peer adversaries challenge the status quo; it is becoming increasingly apparent through the re-emergence of near-peer threats that every segment of a SATCOM system must be more interoperable to enable better communications in coalition; and both near-peer and irregular adversaries are frequently demonstrating their ability to impede effective communications on the battlefield.

Global MilSatCom 2021 aims to respond to these challenges. With briefings from senior officials from the world’s leading militaries and solution providers, discussions on key issues such as international SATCOM architectural convergence and flexibility of ground terminals, attendance from every significant MILSATCOM program, dedicated exhibition halls, and a whole day on disruptive technology in space, Global MilSatCom will shape the way ahead and provide an unrivalled opportunity for collaboration and partnership.

Day 1 will begin by focusing on the UK’s SKYNET programme and will continue with updates and briefings from key European allies. Day 2 will be centred on innovation and change within the US space enterprise. Large focuses will be on the Integrated SATCOM Enterprise vision, JADC2, and partnerships with industry and international allies. Finally, day 3 will centre around key international partner updates which will provide further opportunities for partnerships and situational awareness of global MILSATCOM efforts.

Global MilSatCom is one of the world's leading events on military SATCOM and draws in 500+, truly global representatives from the military, industry, government, and research to create an event that is not to be missed. Attend the conference to benefit from exclusive updates, insights, and discussions with the pre-eminent names in the world of SATCOM. 

  • Meet and network with leaders in SATCOM from industry, military and government across three days, including dedicated networking breaks, dinners, drinks receptions, and more!
  • Hear updates and guidance from world-leading SATCOM programme managers and decision-makers
  • Delve into the latest topics and trends shaping the future of MILSATCOM
  • Discover cutting-edge SATCOM technology to enhance operational effectiveness
  • Make new connections, contacts and partnerships from Global MilSatCom's international audience

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 ; 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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;

US Department of Commerce/National Telecommunications and Information Administration; ABB International Consulting, LLC; Aetheric Engineering Ltd; Aicox Soluciones S.A.; Air Force; Air Force Research Laboratory; Airbus; Airbus Defence & Space; Airbus Defence and Space Limited; AQYR; Ariane Space; Armada International & Asian Military Review; Army; Astroscale; Avanti Communications; Avanti Communications Group ; BAE Systems; Battlespace Publications; Belgian MOD; Belgium Ministry of Defence; BFBS / Forces Net; Boeing; Brazilian Air Force; Brazilian Navy; Brazilian Space Systems Commission; British Defence Staff US; BT; C4ISR Jt User; C5ISR Center CP&I; Caelus Partners ; Canadian Armed Forces; Canadian Space Operation Center; CCI; Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya; CGI; China Aerospace Studies Institute; Chirman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/J6; CNES; Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (CCDC ARL); Connectivity Business; Cubic Nuvotronics; Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation; 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IDF; iDirect ; IHS Janes; IMP Castle Associates Limited; Incas - National Institute For Aerospace Research; Inmarsat; Inmarsat Government Services; Inster; Intelsat General; ISDEFE; Isotropic Systems; ISS, UK MOD; ISTAR Force HQ; Italian Army; Itochu Corporation; JFC, UK MOD; Joint Capability Group, Department of Defence; Joint Staff J6 C3I; KDDI Corporation; Kratos; L3 Harris ; Leidos; Leonardo DRS; LinQuest Corporation; Lockheed Martin; Lockheed Martin Space Systems; Lockheed Martin UK; Loyola Marymount University; Marlink; Marlink SAS; MBDA(UK); MCC Corporation; MET Office; Microwave Journal; MILMAG Defense & Space; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Defence - Defence Digital; Ministry Of Defence - Egypt; Ministry of Defence (DE&S); Ministry of Defence, Spain; Ministry of Defence, UK; Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs ; Ministry Of National Defence; Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ltd.; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.; Mod; MOD - UKStratCom; MOD Abbey Wood; 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Focus Days

Global MilSatCom Disruptive Technology Focus Day
Focus Day

Global MilSatCom Disruptive Technology Focus Day

St James' Court
1st November 2021
London, United Kingdom


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Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, United Kingdom

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Team Aurora, led by Babcock and including GovSat, Intelsat and SES, has been selected for the next stage of the Ministry of Defence procurement for the ‘SKYNET 6 Service Delivery Wrap’ contract.

The consortium brings a wealth of international expertise across defence and satcom operations in the public and commercial sectors and is invested in a partnership approach, working collaboratively with the Ministry of Defence and its Stakeholders in transforming the delivery of Satellite Communication Services. Backed by extensive experience, Team Aurora is focussed on maximising existing infrastructure to drive through efficiencies, leveraging its experience as a UK service delivery and support provider and achieving value for money for its customers through technological innovation.



GovSat is a Luxembourg-based satellite operator. Its mission is to provide secure, reliable and accessible governmental satellite communication services to address the demand resulting from defence and institutional security applications. Its first satellite, GovSat-1, is a multi-mission satellite using X-band and Military Ka-band frequencies on high-power and fully steerable mission beams.



Leveraging Hughes global leadership in broadband satellite technology and services, Hughes Defense tailors innovative, multi-transport networking solutions with reliable, modular and integrated, open-architecture systems engineered to meet US and allied military mission requirements. Using Hughes satellites and global partner capabilities, Hughes keeps troops connected to meet communications needs today and tomorrow in all tactical environments.



In an uncertain world, we believe in certainty. Communication certainty - anywhere, anytime, any situation. We don’t just believe it’s possible, we’ve built the satellite network that uniquely makes it so. Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s leading portfolio of global satellite networks, specifically designed for customer mobility. Inmarsat holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. With an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite networks, Inmarsat has been sustaining business and mission critical secure, safety & operational applications for 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners. In the Government sector, Inmarsat is proud to be the leading commercial satcoms partner to the “5-Eyes” nations (USA, UK, Canada, Australia, & New Zealand). That is why we are depended upon by the governments of over 80 countries and have been serving this market for over 40 years. We deliver communication certainty to governments, globally.



Kratos helps ensure customers are “Ready for What’s Next” in the rapidly changing satellite industry by improving operational efficiencies and managing the complexities enabling a dynamic ground. From RF interference mitigation and cancellation, end-to-end network management, signal processing, to command & control, Kratos products and services are used by more than 80 percent of the world’s satellite operators and 90 percent of U.S.-based space missions. Kratos develops, integrates and sustains technology ensuring space communications superiority.

Leonardo DRS


Leonardo DRS is the #1 SATCOM integrator for the U.S. Government and a leader in satellite-based Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for defense, intelligence, and federal/civil markets. Specializing in mission-critical solutions, Leonardo DRS provides tailored global communications and enterprise IT solutions, rapid response support, engineering expertise, and a dedicated team of field service representatives. Leonardo DRS produces transformational results, where mission success is measurable, implementation is risk averse, and solutions are best value.

Lockheed Martin


Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Northrop Grumman Corporation


Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, space, strike, and logistics and modernization to customers worldwide. Please visit news.northropgrumman.com and follow us on Twitter, @NGCNews, for more information.



Ovzon is revolutionizing mobile broadband via satellite with the highest bandwidth through the smallest terminals. The company’s end-to-end solutions meet the growing demand of global connectivity for government customers with high performance requirements. The company was founded in 2006 and has offices in Stockholm in Sweden and Bethesda, MD and Tampa, FL in the United States. Ovzon is publicly listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Market.

ST Engineering iDirect


ST Engineering iDirect is a global leader in satellite communications providing technology and solutions that enable its customers to optimize their networks, differentiate their services and profitably expand their businesses. With the acquisition of Newtec, a recognized industry pioneer, the combined business unites over 35 years of innovation focused on solving satellite’s most critical economic and technology challenges, and expands a shared commitment to shaping the future of how the world connects. The product portfolio, branded under the names iDirect and Newtec, represents the highest standards in performance, efficiency and reliability, making it possible for its customers to deliver the best connectivity experience anywhere in the world. ST Engineering iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer and is the leader in key industries including broadcast, mobility and military/government. In 2007, iDirect Government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities. For more information on iDirect platforms please visit www.idirect.net. For Newtec platforms please visit www.newtec.eu.



Backed by a legacy of engineering excellence, reliability and industry-leading customer service, Telesat has grown to be one of the largest and most successful global satellite operators. Telesat LEO, scheduled to begin service in 2022, will revolutionize global broadband connectivity with high capacity, low latency, affordability and fiber-like speeds.



In a world that is increasingly mobile, interconnected and interdependent, the security of people and goods, infrastructure and nations depends on leaders and organisations and their ability to decide and act in a timely fashion and obtain the best outcomes. In the markets that Thales serves - defence, security, space, aerospace and ground transportation - these decisions are often of critical importance. Navy, army and air force commanders, as well as air traffic controllers, policymakers and infrastructure operators, face these critical decisions and need full, relevant and reliable information to understand the situation and make the right choices



At Viasat, we’re driven to connect every warfighter, platform, and node in the battlespace. As a global communications company, we power millions of fast, resilient connections for military forces around the world – connections with the capacity to transform the mission – in the air, on the ground, and at sea. Our customers depend on us for connectivity that counts, whether we’re securing the U.S. Government’s networks, delivering satellite and wireless communications to the remote edges of the battlespace, or providing senior leaders with the ability to perform mission-critical communications while in flight. We’re driven to redefine connectivity for the battlespace.

Virgin Orbit


Virgin Orbit builds and operates the most flexible and responsive satellite launcher ever invented: LauncherOne, a dedicated launch service for commercial and government-built small satellites. LauncherOne rockets are designed and manufactured in Long Beach, California, and will be air-launched from our modified 747-400 carrier aircraft – allowing us to operate from locations all over the world in order to best serve each customer’s needs. Virgin Orbit’s systems are currently in an advanced stage of testing, with initial orbital launches expected soon. To learn more or to apply to join Virgin Orbit’s talented and growing team, visit virginorbit.com.




Inster designs and manufactures reliable SATCOM equipment for military satellite communications where the mobility and portability are the key factors: • High efficiency Low profile SOTM and Manpack Terminals based in phase array technology. • Highly Portable Tactical Satcom Terminals with rapid and accurate auto-acquisition in backpack and single case configurations.



Kymeta is unlocking the potential of broadband satellite connectivity, combined with cellular networks, to satisfy the overwhelming demand for comms on the move and making mobile global. Lepton Global Solutions, a Kymeta company, hosts the company’s satellite connectivity solutions and offers unique, complete, and turnkey bundled solutions to the market based on best-in-class technologies and tailored customer-centric services that meet and exceed customer mission requirements. These solutions in tandem with the company’s flat-panel satellite antenna, the first of its kind, and Kymeta Connect™ services provide revolutionary mobile connectivity on satellite and hybrid satellite-cellular networks to customers around the world. Backed by U.S. and international patents and licenses, the Kymeta terminal addresses the need for lightweight, slim, and high-throughput communication systems that do not require mechanical components to steer toward a satellite. Kymeta makes connecting easy – for any vehicle, vessel, or fixed platform.



L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue, 48,000 employees and customers in over 100 countries.

Media Broadcast Satellite (MBS)


Media Broadcast Satellite (MBS) is a communication solutions provider & integrator and operator of Germany’s largest teleport. Since the 1970s, MBS has provided dedicated services to government and enterprise users via its extensive and fully owned teleport facility. With up to 135 active antennas and a 24/7 manned Network Operations Center (NOC), MBS enables connectivity in government use frequency bands (X-band & MIL Ka-band) as well as commercial bands (C-, Ku- and Ka-Band). In addition to satellite, MBS also utilizes radio, mobile and fiber connectivity. This enables an array of applications such as: · Connectivity for theatres of operation · Interconnection and interoperability of institutional or defence sites/network entities · Command & control (C2) · Intelligence · Surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) · SOF missions · Communications-on-the-move/pause for land, air and maritime missions From our MBS Teleport in Usingen near Frankfurt, customers can reach regions across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the American continent with maritime coverage for the Atlantic, Baltic, Mediterranean and Indian Oceans. Dedicated to governmental and institutional users, MBS features high-availability, EU/US security compliant and ISO27001 (cyber security) certified infrastructure and services, ranging from military-off-the-shelf services to fully managed and mission tailored communication solutions. We have over 40 years of experience in satellite communication combined with our comprehensive application and hardware know-how. MBS is customer-centric and translates user demands into agile, secure and robust communication solutions. We are proud of our high-quality services “Made in Usingen/Germany”. This quality is reinforced by our own team of engineers that are dedicated to the support of our customers at all stages of their mission, product and/or service life cycle. For more information please visit: www.mb-satellite.com



XTAR, LLC is a privately owned satellite operator delivering X-band services to U.S. and Allied government users. XTAR’s two satellite payloads, with high-powered global, fixed and steerable spot beams, are WGS-compatible and readily support mobile applications in the harshest environments. Available coverage is from Denver east to Singapore.


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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.

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.

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‘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.


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