SMi Group are proud to announce that the 16th annual Military Space Situational Awareness Conference will take place on the 28th and 29th April 2021.

As the leading conference in Europe dedicated to space domain awareness, this year’s forum will once again bring together key stakeholders across the military, government and industry sectors to discuss how we build a collaborative approach to space management and Space Situational Awareness (SSA) as well as how we balance operational necessity with responsible use of space.

Similarly, as new LEO mega-constellations come online at an increasing rate, avoiding a repeat of the 2009 Iridium crash remains at the forefront of all industry professionals’ minds as we attempt to ensure that necessary and responsible space exploration and development can continue for years to come.

Key focuses include space domain awareness, space surveillance and tracking (SST), the new US Space Force's approach to SSA, the impact of new mega-constellations, and international partnerships in space.

Featuring 200+ attendees, this year’s conference will provide an unparalleled chance to meet with the key players in this important domain and remains a key calendar date for anyone involved in the satellite sector.

  • Hear from senior military and civil officials on the latest solutions being implemented to enhance the security of space assets through domain awareness
  • Key briefings from the USSF, RAF, UKSA and leading international SSA programmes
  • Examine key issues impacting space security including debris, weather and hostile threats
  • With the era of mega-constellations in LEO approaching, debate how best government and industry can manage further space congestion through policy implementation and best practices to ensure future sustainable space use

Past attendees have included:

Aerospace Corporation; Airbus Defence and space; Analytical Graphics Inc; Beijing Institute of Space Science & Technology; Beijing Institute Of Space Science & Technology Information; Brazilian Air Attache Office; Canadian Armed Forces; Cestrian Capital Research; CGI; CGI Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG; CGI IT UK Limited; China Academy of Space Technology; CNES; CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science; DLR Space Administration; DSTL; EU SatCen; European Space Agency; ExoAnalytic Solutions; FACH (Chiliean AF); FOI; FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency; Fuerza Aerea de Chile; German Aerospace Center (DLR); Global VSAT Forum (GVF); GMV Innovating Solutions Ltd; Harris; Harris Corporation; HQ Allied Maritime Command; ITAF AOC; Italian Air Force; JFC Cap C4ISR; JHU Applied Physics Laboratory; Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute; Kratos; Kratos Communications; Kratos ; L3 Applied Defense Solutions; LeoLabs, Inc.; MET Office; Military University Of Technology; Mitre Corporation; Mod; Nanoavinics UK Ltd; New Space Capital; Northern Space & Security Ltd; NorthStar Earth & Space Inc.; Northumbria University; Norwegian Ministry Of Defence; Norwegian MOD; NSR; OHB System; Oneweb; Pangaea Wire; Polish Space Agency; RAF; RAF Fylingdales; Rajant Corporation; Raytheon uk; RHEA Group; RNLAF; Romanian Ministry of Defence; Royal Air Force; Royal Australian Air Force; Royal College of Defence Studies; Royal Netherlands Air Force; Royal United Services Institute (RUSI); SAF/AQS; SciSys UK Ltd; Serco Ltd; Serradata; SJE Space; Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation; Space and Missile Systems Center US Air Force; STFC, RAL; Surrey Space Centre; Teledyne e2v; Telespazio France; Telespazio SpA; Thales Netherlands BV; The Aerospace Corporation; U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Strategic Command; UAE GHQ; UK Missile Defence Centre; UK MOD; UK Space Agency; UK Space Operations Centre; United Nations Institute For Disarmament Research; United States Air Force ; United States Air Force Academy; University of Oxford/Air Force Institute of Technology; US Air Force; Winston & Cooper Consulting; ZODIAC DATA SYSTEMS;

Sponsors and Exhibitors


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London, United Kingdom

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Sponsors and Exhibitors

Blue Canyon Technologies

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Blue Canyon Technologies is a leading provider of turnkey small satellite solutions, including nanosatellites, microsatellites, and ESPA-class. We specialize in precision pointing platforms based upon our high-performance attitude determination and control components. BCT’s highly experienced staff has developed low-cost, flight-proven, high-performance, high-reliability spacecraft systems and components that enable a wide range of missions for academic, commercial, and government applications. Our state-of-the-art spacecraft and subsystems are supporting LEO, GEO, Lunar, and interplanetary missions.


Sponsors and Exhibitors

PlaneWave Instruments produces Off-The-Shelf, high-quality astronomy products of unprecedented value. In 2008, PlaneWave developed and championed the CDK (Corrected Dall-Kirkham) telescope, a revolutionary new optical system that was designed to excel at imaging on large format CCD cameras. These telescopes meet the demands of researchers, serious imagers and visual observers. The CDK is an excellent value for a telescope of featuring high quality and large apertures. Today, PlaneWave manufactures CDK telescopes from 12.5” to 1-meter in aperture. Not limited to optics, PlaneWave also makes a full line of observatory class direct drive telescope mounts. PlaneWave’s new groundbreaking L-Series Mounts have rocked the astronomy market through their high performance, low costs and pragmatic design. PlaneWave Instruments is a privately held company headquartered in Adrian, MI with a large manufacturing operation on Michigan.


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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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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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