Announcement: this event has now become online only and will be held on the SMi Virtual Conference Platform.

With the Small Satellites market expected to grow into a $7.53 bn (£5.94 bn) industry by 2022, the ability to deliver connectivity here on the ground through new LEO constellations mantel is already being seriously developed by leading industry and government stakeholders worldwide.

As adoption of small, nano and cube satellite constellations has been driven by the commercial market – in particular for COMSATCOM – there is now growing consensus that architectures of military systems can and must include architecture that will support LEO solution provision.

With this in mind, SMi are delighted to announce the inaugural Small Satellites conference taking place on the 26th - 27th April 2021, which will explore economies of scale, small satellite production and design, regulatory considerations in the increasingly congested domain and key programme updates from across leading space agencies, militaries and commercial solution providers. 

This conference will be held in British Summer Time (GMT+1)

  • Understand what the emerging mega-constellations mean from a regulatory perspective & meet and engage with key licensing bodies to determine how best to do business within the small satellites market
  • Key updates from leading commercial solution providers developing cutting edge cube and nanosatellites – including leading UK industrial partners
  • Learn how future launch is being developed with critical perspectives from industry, space agencies and militaries developing this capability
  • Meet and network with innovation companies and government stakeholders disrupting our approach to space 

The SMi Virtual Conference Platform will deliver the following benefits:

  • Live and On Demand speaker content: Get access to the latest strategies and case studies from your market place online!
  • Network with all the event attendees: Connect, see who’s attending, chat and share contact details with all online delegates, speakers and sponsors
  • Exhibit a Virtual Booth: You can pack your customized booth full of documents, videos and even show who is manning the booth during the event and hosting meetings
  • Host & Join Meetings & Socials: Join preferred speaking sessions, host you own meetings and even a virtual Networking social, with in built Zoom functionality


With over 80 organisations having attended our Small Satellites focus day over the past 2 years, SMi Group are privileged to be developing a dedicated forum to discuss this critical emerging technology.

Below is a snapshot of the attendees from 2018 and 2019’s focus days:

  • SES Defence UK Ltd
  • Clyde Space Ltd
  • Airbus Ds Electronics And Border Security (Ebs)
  • Northern Space & Security Ltd
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Surrey Satellite Technology Limited STFC-UKRI (Science and Technology Facilities Council UK Research and Innovation
  • UK MoD
  • Open Cosmos Ltd.
  • Shetland Space Centre
  • Equatorial Space Industries
  • Reaction Engines Ltd
  • Spaceport Cornwall
  • Spire Global
  • Airbus Defence & Space
  • Nslcomm AAC
  • Microtec AB
  • The Boeing Company
  • Omnispace
  • KDDI Corporation
  • Indian Space Research Organisation
  • CGI IT UK Limited
  • CGI Centrum Zycko Information
  • Dstl
  • Astronics
  • AeroSat
  • Omnispace LLC
  • SVGC
  • Cabinet Office of Japan
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Melco)
  • Stellar Solutions Aerospace Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ltd.
  • Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd
  • Reflex Photonics
  • Skyrora
  • BAE Systems & Finmeccanica
  • everis Aerospace & Defense
  • Media Broadcast Satellite
  • US Department of Defense
  • Airbus Defence & Space
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • S&A Professional Services, LLC
  • EU Military Staff
  • Sirius Constellation
  • Department of International Trade
  • RAF
  • Satmagazine Com
  • SatNews Publishers
  • SpaceNews, Inc
  • US Air Force
  • Viasat
  • SciSys UK Ltd
  • Airbus OneWeb Satellites
  • Lockheed Martin Space
  • Raytheon
  • Clyde Space Ltd
  • In-Space Missions Limited
  • Fraunhofer IIS
  • Oxford Space Systems
  • Seraphim Capital
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Raptor Aerospace Ltd
  • Shetland Space Centre
  • BT Group plc
  • Finnish Defence Forces
  • NATO Special Operations HQ
  • Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation
  • Cubic Nuvotronics
  • Finnish Defence Forces
  • NSSI
  • Nuvotronics
  • Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems
  • Brazilian Army
  • Babcock International Advanced Stabilized Technologies Group
  • Sematron UK Ltd
  • Institute For Defense Analyses
  • Boeing
  • Royal Navy
  • CCISE, Brazilian MOD
  • Republic of Korea Armed Forces
  • IHS Jane's
  • The Aerospace International Research Center
  • The Aerospace Corporation
  • L3 Technologies
  • Thales Communications & Security

Conference programme

All timings are in British Summer Time (GMT+1)

8:45 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Stuart Eves

Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd
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9:00 The UK’s Approach to Small Satellite Development

Mr Michael Rudd

Mr Michael Rudd, Head of Telecommunications Strategy, UK Space Agency
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  • Key programmes
  • Telecommunication opportunities: connectivity via mesh networks and constellations and future approaches
  • The strategic view on future space
  • 9:40 30 Years of Firsts: Pioneering the Small Satellites Revolution

    Mr Andrew Cawthorne

    Mr Andrew Cawthorne, Director, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
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  • From the first small satellite UoSAT-1 to 5G enabling LEO Vantage Phase 1 – key history in the small satellite market development
  • End-to-end capability: designing, building, testing, launching and operating the next generation of small satellites
  • How SSTL fits into the wider UK space cluster and the government space strategy
  • Promoting sustainable space: REMOVEDEBRIS and other initiatives aimed at domain management
  • The next 30 years: what the small satellites revolution has next
  • 10:20 Networking Break and Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

    10:50 Enhancing Access to Space: Precious Payload

    Mr Andrey Maksimov

    Mr Andrey Maksimov, CEO and Co-Founder, Precious Payload
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  • Software driven approaches to space launch
  • How hosted payloads as a means to support the small satellites industry
  • Where previous payload can enable launch capability for nations without sovereign infrastructure
  • Maintaining ITAR compliance for satellite technology
  • 11:30 Risk and Insurance Landscape for Small Satellites – Emerging Opportunities and new Paradigms for Managing Risk

    Mr Tim Rush

    Mr Tim Rush, Senior Vice President, Gallagher Aerospace
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  • Risk profiles for operations in LEO and GEO
  • Liabilities with business in space under domestic and international regulations and norms
  • Insurance coverages and buying considerations
  • How a robust insurance market for small satellites supports sector growth
  • 12:10 Transforming Space Capability

    Mr Grzegorz Zwolinski

    Mr Grzegorz Zwolinski, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, SatRevolution S.A.
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  • Proof of concept for Swiatowid, KRAKsat and AMICal Sat
  • How new Cube and small satellites are transforming capability on the ground
  • Continuing the satellite revolution – REC: Real-time Earth observation Constellation
  • 12:50 Networking Break and Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

    13:50 Making the Impossible Possible: Exploiting Innovative Small Satellite Systems to Revolutionise Access to Space

    Mr Andrew Vick

    Mr Andrew Vick, Head of Disruptive Technology, STFC-UKRI (Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK Research and Innovation)
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  • An overview of the work of RAL Space and how it is now moving towards leaner development processes
  • Disruptive technology case study: what's driving the need for optical communications and how small satellites can participate in that
  • Analysis of the rise of lean space and what low cost systems mean for space accessibility
  • How faster, cheaper demonstration missions can energise the development of disruptive technologies for industry, government and academia
  • 14:30 Applications for Small & Cube Satellites

    Ms Charlene Jacka

    Ms Charlene Jacka, Branch Chief Engineer, Air Force Research Lab / Space Vehicle Directorate

  • The AFRL Small Satellite Portfolio and how these assets can meet Air Force objectives
  • Launch timelines for projects and recent successes various missions
  • Case studies in small and cube satellites in current use: functions, material design and operational feedback
  • Work with Dstl and other international partners in building architectural approaches for small satellite integration into the DoD architecture
  • Concluding thoughts: why partnerships for small and cubesats are important and developing system integration
  • 15:10 Networking Break and Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

    15:40 Prototyping at Aerospace’s xLab

    Dr Richard Welle

    Dr Richard Welle, Senior Scientist, xLab, The Aerospace Corporation
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  • The Aerospace Corporation develops advanced prototypes to shape the next generation space enterprise
  • Aerospace’s miniature satellite program has pushed the boundaries of kg-class spacecraft for 20 years.   
  • SMC 2.0 is using Aerospace xLab to prototype small satellite hardware to advance responsive space capabilities amongst its allies.   
  • 16:20 Closing Keynote Address: NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology Program: Pushing the Boundaries of Technology

    Mr Roger Hunter

    Mr Roger Hunter, Programme Manager, Small Spacecraft and Technology, NASA
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  • Flight projects currently under development: NASA CubeSat missions
  • Integrated Solar Array and Reflectarray Antenna (ISARA) – mission validation, in-orbit testing and utilisation in future high-bandwidth missions
  • In space command and control – demonstrations of coordinated maneuver for CubeSats in LEO
  • Priorities for the development of the program and future pathfinder projects planned
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Dr Stuart Eves

    Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd
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    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Stuart Eves

    Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd
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    9:00 Portugal Space 2030 – a Strategy for Research, Innovation and Growth

    Mr Ricardo Conde

    Mr Ricardo Conde, President , Portuguese Space Agency

  • Standing up of the Portuguese Space Agency and small satellites strategy
  • Portugal’s place within the pan-European framework of space development
  • Update on the recent space strategy developed and industry and national partnerships planned
  • Developing a space industrial base: delivering national capability and skills
  • 9:40 Small Satellite Market Trends & Opportunities for the Space Industry

    Mr Claude Rousseau

    Mr Claude Rousseau, Research Director, Northern Sky Research (NSR)
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  • Technology trends for 2021 and beyond: commercial and government
  • Launch sites, ground segment and manufacturing evolutions in smallsat markets
  • What size of small satellite for what markets?
  • STM, SSA and In-Orbit Servicing for next-generation capabilities
  • What new markets and future opportunities for smallsats? 
  • 10:20 Driving Go Fast Efforts Across the Enterprise

  • Catalyst campus as a collaborative ecosystem for the development of the space industry
  • Rapid prototyping and development: how the accelerating helps to flexibly deliver cutting edge technologies
  • Feedback from the Catalyst Space Accelerator Demo Day
  • Where partnerships can be developed moving forward: key priorities
  • Captain Jacob Singleton

    Captain Jacob Singleton, Space Innovation Lead, CIS Division, DSTL/US Space Force
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    Mr Rich Burchfield

    Mr Rich Burchfield, Executive Director, Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation
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    11:00 Networking Break and Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

    11:30 Satellite and Spectrum Management Moving Forward

    Ms Liz Quintana

    Ms Liz Quintana, Head of Satellite Industry Engagement, Ofcom

  • Space as a unique resource: Ofcom's responsibility to ensure optimal and efficient use of radio spectrum
  • Ofcom’s space strategy: enabling satellite broadband, earth observation and new uses growth
  • Satellite filing and earth station licensing – how to do business in the UK
  • Spectrum management and small satellites – key radio regulations
  • Band allocations and spectrum requirements for the emerging LEO market
  • 12:10 Legal Frameworks for Spectrum Management

    Mr Chuen Chern Loo

    Mr Chuen Chern Loo, Head of Space Publication and Registration Division, ITU

  • Spectrum access and use – MIFR records of current frequency assignments
  • Current application processes within existing ITU radio regulations and submission guidelines
  • What the emerging LEO mega constellations mean for frequency allocations and how the ITU is keeping pace with changes
  • Decisions taken at WRC-19 related to small satellites
  • 12:50 Frequency Allocation and Small Satellite Licensing Requirements

    Mr Thomas Welter

    Mr Thomas Welter, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Orbit/Spectrum Resources, Agence Nationale des Frequences (ANFR)
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  • An introduction to ANFR – frequency management responsibilities
  • Authorization process for the commercial use of French frequency assignments
  • Guidelines for start-ups and SMEs
  • Pan-European collaboration within the small satellite sector
  • Final concluding thoughts: maintaining a ‘go fast’ ethos to ensure regulation maintains pace with technological developments
  • 13:30 Networking Break and Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

    14:30 Satellite Regulation in the New Space Era

    Ms Merissa Velez

    Ms Merissa Velez, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission

  • FCC's approach to LEO-era satellite regulation
  • Recent necessary to enable an innovative and effective small satellite industry
  • Thoughts on the future of FCC regulation
  • 15:10 Panel: Future Regulatory Approaches and Lessons we can Learn

  • Current view of the small satellites and LEO environment
  • Key trends in development – proliferation of mega-constellations and what this means for regulation
  • Building a holistic international approach to small satellite regulation and how these partnership will inform future guidelines
  • Licensing rules: building capability whilst supporting a sustainable approach to space utilisation
  • Dr Stuart Eves

    Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd
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    Ms Liz Quintana

    Ms Liz Quintana, Head of Satellite Industry Engagement, Ofcom

    Ms Merissa Velez

    Ms Merissa Velez, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission

    Mr Chuen Chern Loo

    Mr Chuen Chern Loo, Head of Space Publication and Registration Division, ITU

    Mr Thomas Welter

    Mr Thomas Welter, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Orbit/Spectrum Resources, Agence Nationale des Frequences (ANFR)
    View Bio

    15:50 Networking Break and Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

    16:20 Dear Green Small Space

    Professor Malcolm Macdonald

    Professor Malcolm Macdonald, Chair of Space Technology, University of Strathclyde
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  • An overview of the Glasgow City Innovation District space cluster, including the UK’s largest quantum for space research activity
  • Connecting starlings, neuroscience, and spacecraft operations
  • Agile & responsive networks of small satellite’s
  • 17:00 Governance of Space in the LEO Era

    Professor Christopher Newman

    Professor Christopher Newman, Professor of Space and Law, Northumbria University
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  • Framework for consideration – the emerging LEO small, nano and cube sat markets
  • International, domestic and soft law – the principals enshrined at each level
  • Where are we at and how is the landscape changing?
  • What the guidelines and codes of practise mean for commercial operators
  • SSA and STM considerations within future small satellite governance
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Dr Stuart Eves

    Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd
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    Mr Michael Rudd

    Mr Michael Rudd

    Head of Telecommunications Strategy, UK Space Agency
    Mr Ricardo Conde

    Mr Ricardo Conde

    President , Portuguese Space Agency
    Mr Roger Hunter

    Mr Roger Hunter

    Programme Manager, Small Spacecraft and Technology, NASA
    Ms Charlene Jacka

    Ms Charlene Jacka

    Branch Chief Engineer, Air Force Research Lab / Space Vehicle Directorate

    Captain Jacob Singleton

    Space Innovation Lead, CIS Division, DSTL/US Space Force
    Captain Jacob Singleton

    Jacob Singleton is an exchange officer from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate and coordinates international efforts for AFWERX which connects innovators to accelerate agile capability development for the Air Force. He currently serves within the MOD as the Space Innovation Lead for Dstl.

    Jacob is the founder of the AF Space Accelerator Program which encourages more agile business practices and nontraditional partnerships with startups and small businesses to meet defense needs.

    Jacob is a graduate from Utah State University and has a Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology.

    Dr Richard Welle

    Senior Scientist, xLab, The Aerospace Corporation
    Dr Richard Welle

    Dr. Richard Welle is a senior scientist in The Aerospace Corporation's xLab, where he focuses on the development of new applications for CubeSat-class spacecraft, with an emphasis on CubeSat-scale optical communication. Prior to this, he was director of the Microsatellite Systems Department in the Space Materials Laboratory, where he led the Aerospace CubeSat program. Dr. Welle joined The Aerospace Corporation in 1986, supporting launch vehicles and satellite systems over a range of disciplines. Since 2005 his work has focused on microsatellites and microsatellite systems. Dr. Welle earned his B.A. in physics and chemistry from Southwest State University, Marshall, Minnesota; his M.S. in physics from the University of Tennessee Space Institute; and his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California. He has over 60 technical publications and has been awarded 29 patents for inventions relating to small satellites, microfluidics, identification taggants, solar power, ultrasonics, and optical communications.

    Dr Stuart Eves

    Director, SJE Space Ltd
    Dr Stuart Eves

    Stuart Eves is a satellite-system engineer. In 2018 he formed his own space consultancy company, SJE Space, after spending 14 years with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and 16 years with the UK Ministry Of Defence. 

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

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

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

    Mr Andrew Cawthorne

    Director, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
    Mr Andrew Cawthorne

    Following his Master’s degree in Astronautics and Space Engineering at Cranfield University, Andrew went to the European Space Agency in The Netherlands as a systems engineer. As part of the Aurora programme Andrew was involved in a number of diverse projects, from the definition of a human mission
    to Mars, to precursor work for the ExoMars rover.

    In 2004 Andrew moved to SSTL as a systems engineer initially working on TopSat, a UK high resolution imaging demonstrator. Following that he became the technical lead on NigeriaSat-2, a sophisticated imaging mission for the Nigerian government. Andrew also worked as the engineer supporting the Earth
    Observation business line, responsible for technical strategy across all of the Earth Observation missions.

    In 2012 Andrew became the Head of Earth Observation, responsible for EO business within SSTL. As part of this role he has negotiated several major new contracts and overseen the design and development of the DMC3 constellation.

    In 2016 Andrew became Business Line Director for Earth Observation. He is currently the Director of Business Development and Sales.

    Mr Andrew Vick

    Head of Disruptive Technology, STFC-UKRI (Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK Research and Innovation)
    Mr Andrew 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 QKD Qubesat, a quantum communications mission with Singapore’s Centre for Quantum technology and is providing support to the UK National Quantum Technology Programme.
    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 Andrey Maksimov

    CEO and Co-Founder, Precious Payload
    Mr Andrey Maksimov

    Andrew Maximov is a serial entrepreneur and investor. At the age of 21, co-founded a trading company to trade physical gold in Africa (failed). At the age of 23 co-founded the first online commodity exchange marketplace in MENA Region (successful exit in 2014). By 25, sold his second venture to a strategic partner (security software products) and became active as an angel investor. In 2017, Andrew co-founded Precious Payload, a software space tech startup that makes planning and execution of satellite missions easier by taking care of the paperwork, technical analysis, and supply chain management.

    Mr Chuen Chern Loo

    Head of Space Publication and Registration Division, ITU
    Mr Chuen Chern Loo

    Mr Claude Rousseau

    Research Director, Northern Sky Research (NSR)
    Mr Claude Rousseau

    Mr. Rousseau has more than 25 years of experience in the space and satellite sector and has worked in various functions in business, management, consulting, research, administration and marketing communications throughout his career.

    He joined NSR in 2006 where he currently acts as Research Director, responsible for market research, and consulting engagements in Unmanned Aerial Systems; High-Altitude Platforms; Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Services; Small Satellites; Flat Panel Antennas; In-Orbit Servicing & Space Situational Awareness; Space Travel & Tourism; Big Data; Optical Communications & Cloud Computing via Satellite and Earth Observation. He provides regional expertise in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa region.

    Mr. Rousseau was previously with the International Space University (ISU), a higher education institution for which he managed Professional Development Programs. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty at ISU. He later co-founded Futuraspace, an international space consulting firm. Earlier, he worked for the Canadian Space Agency where he held various positions in administration, management and strategy.

    He has a B.Sc. with majors in Physics and Astrophysics from the University of Calgary (Canada) and a Master of Space Studies (MSc.) from the International Space University (France). Mr. Rousseau is based in Strasbourg, France.
    Satcom Post Author Page: http://satcompost.com/author/crousseau/

    Mr Grzegorz Zwolinski

    Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, SatRevolution S.A.
    Mr Grzegorz Zwolinski

    A member of the board of directors of companies with more than 10 years of experience in managing R&D projects.
    A Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of SatRevolution S.A. – a leading, Polish space industry company, responsible for Poland’s first commercial satellite - Swiatowid. SatRevolution is a producer of payloads and complete spacecrafts for space industry. It is focused on small, lightweight and reliable spacecrafts. The company aims to create constellation of earth observation satellites capable of imaging every place on Earth every hour – a Real-time Earth observation Constellation (REC).

    Mr Michael Rudd

    Head of Telecommunications Strategy, UK Space Agency
    Mr Michael Rudd

    Mike Rudd joined the UK Space Agency in 2016 and is charged with growing the Telecoms sector of Space as the Head of Telecommunications Strategy as part of the Agency’s ambition to capture 10% of the global market by 2030.

    His role involves Working with Government, ESA, academia and industry to bring new and innovative satellite Telecoms technologies and services to the market; creating and delivering the Agency’s strategy on Telecoms infrastructure; supporting work on the Civil Space Strategy, Governmental and societal challenges and Supporting UK industry to grow and develop their businesses, investing through ESA’s ARTES programme and other means.

    Prior to joining the Agency, Mike spent some 30 years in various telecommunications roles for Defence.

    In his spare time, Mike enjoys visits to the cinema, renovating his house and making cheese.

    Mr Ricardo Conde

    President , Portuguese Space Agency
    Mr Ricardo Conde

    Mr Rich Burchfield

    Executive Director, Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation
    Mr Rich Burchfield

    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.

    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 Thomas Welter

    Head of Regulatory Affairs and Orbit/Spectrum Resources, Agence Nationale des Frequences (ANFR)
    Mr Thomas Welter

    Thomas Welter is currently Head of Regulatory Affairs and Orbit/Spectrum Resources at the Agence Nationale des Fréquences (ANFR), the French public agency in charge of spectrum management. In his position, he is directly responsible for the satellite frequency registration of all French satellites, both governmental and commercial, as well as of the coordination of the French preparatory work for international frequency negotiations held during ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences. Thomas Welter holds diplomas in telecommunications engineering, as well as space and telecommunications law.

    Mr Tim Rush

    Senior Vice President, Gallagher Aerospace
    Mr Tim Rush

    Tim Rush has over 35 years experience in the commercial space industry leading multinational programs and structuring / negotiating complex agreements. He provided technical leadership during the industry’s early development building, launching and operating commercial satellites. As a satellite engineer and manager for Intelsat, Comsat and Fairchild Space Company, Tim supported and managed development, procurement, construction, launch and in-orbit operation of more than 30 GEO and LEO satellites. As the industry matured and commercialized, Tim became a financial advisor / insurance broker providing risk management guidance and orchestrating placement of property and liability insurance programs for businesses that operate in space. Tim has placed over $5 Billion of launch and in-orbit coverages and successfully settled of a number of challenging claims. He has also lead satellite risk due diligence efforts for several sector mergers and acquisitions and served as insurance advisor to secured lenders and export credit agencies.
    Tim has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland. He often speaks at industry events including annual satellite conferences in Washington DC, Silicon Valley, and the World Space Risk Forum.

    Ms Charlene Jacka

    Branch Chief Engineer, Air Force Research Lab / Space Vehicle Directorate
    Ms Charlene Jacka

    Ms Liz Quintana

    Head of Satellite Industry Engagement, Ofcom
    Ms Liz Quintana

    Ms Merissa Velez

    Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission
    Ms Merissa Velez

    Professor Christopher Newman

    Professor of Space and Law, Northumbria University
    Professor Christopher Newman

    Christopher J. Newman, BA(Hons), PhD is Professor of Space Law and Policy at Northumbria University at Newcastle in the United Kingdom. He is active in the teaching and research of space law and has published extensively on the legal and ethical underpinnings of space governance. Christopher is a member of the International Institute of Space Law and has taken part in funded projects for the UK Space Agency on future trends in orbital regulation. He is regularly invited to lecture in universities and at specialist conferences on space law and policy across the UK and internationally.

    Professor Malcolm Macdonald

    Chair of Space Technology, University of Strathclyde
    Professor Malcolm Macdonald

    Malcolm is Chair of Applied Space Technology at the University of Strathclyde, and has worked in both government and industry at board level. His work aims to enable and develop new space-derived services, challenging conventional ideas and working at the interface between disciplines. Malcolm is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Read more at SpaceProf.com.


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    Since 1989, SpaceNews has provided decision-makers throughout the industry with timely and comprehensive space and satellite news, giving them the competitive intelligence they need to succeed. Whether it's the latest trend in military space capabilities, the next space mission or breaking developments in satellite telecommunications, SpaceNews keeps them informed.

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    Armada International


    ARMADA INTERNATIONAL is leading defence magazine which reports on and analyses defence systems, equipment and technology. Together with its Compendium supplements, ARMADA provides defence planners in the militaries, in government, in procurement and in the defence industry itself with the information they need to plan their strategies.

    Airforce Technologies


    Used daily as means of creating partnerships and as a point of reference by professionals within the air force industry, this comprehensive resource supplies the latest news releases, detailed information on industry projects, white papers, event information and a thorough breakdown of products and services.

    Aerospace Technology


    Leading aerospace organisations use Aerospace-technology.com on a daily basis to ensure they keep up to date with the latest industry specific news and developments. As a result, Aerospace-technology.com attracts a high quality and loyal user base of the most influential decision makers and aerospace industry leaders. For more information please contact antonio.rossi@verdict.co.uk or call +44 207 936 6806

    Defence Today


    Defence Today is an online publication covering the latest in global defence and security news, defence intelligence and strategic insight. Terrorism and emerging threats, defence industry coverage, the latest technology developments and emerging platforms and systems. Military equipment profiles and industry showcases. Advertising, press releases and event listings are available.

    Asian Military Review


    Asian Military Review is ABC audited publication, read & discussed by key decision makers & advisors to Asia Pacific militaries. Published since 1993 it’s widely recognised as authoritative provider of unbiased & objective information to Asian military. Editorial content comprises capability analysis, special reports & relevant news coverage from the region. AMR provides information, opinion & facts allowing military professionals to track & understand defence developments worldwide, concerning equipment, training, organisation & doctrine issues. The magazine is a proven source keeping military professionals up to date on national & international defence & security issues.

    World Teleport Association


    Since 1985, the World Teleport Association (WTA) has been the only trade association that focuses on the business of satellite communications from the ground up. At the core of its membership are the world's most innovative operators of teleports, from independents to multinationals, niche service providers to global carriers. WTA is dedicated to advocating for the interests of teleport operators in the global telecommunications market and promoting excellence in teleport business practice, technology and operations. Companies that do business with teleports also find that WTA is the best investment they can make to open new channels to the industry.



    The DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY is an authoritative online information resource for all defence purchasers. This comprehensive listing of Defence Suppliers has enabled thousands of purchasing professionals to find exactly what they are looking for - in seconds. THE DEFENCE SUPPLIERS DIRECTORY provides a total overview of all the UK's Armed Forces - with a wealth of valuable information about the organisation and structure of the UK's Defence Services, as well as useful facts about developments in the UK Defence Industry Contact us: defenceenquiries@armedforces.co.uk Tel: 01743 241962 website: www.armedforces.co.uk

    Global Military Communications


    Global Military Communications is a publication that tracks the trends, drivers and technology that fuel the military communications sector. Communications continue to be the lynchpin of modern warfare and is crucial to any military campaign. The sector is going through unprecedented change as militaries and governments across the world move towards a network centric approach to their communications. From operations in war zones to homeland security and disaster recovery operations, Global Military Communications provides you with the latest communications developments on land, sea, and in the air.

    Space Data Association


    The Space Data Association Limited (SDA) is a non-profit international association of satellite operators that supports the controlled, reliable and efficient sharing of data critical to the safety and integrity of the space environment and the RF spectrum. It maintains the Space Data Center, a database of high-accuracy orbital information, which is operated by Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) of Exton, PA. Established in the Isle of Man the SDA is open to all satellite operators and other participants. Its membership comprises many of the world’s major satellite communications companies Membership information can be found at www.space-data.org



    GeoConnexion International and GeoConnexion UK bring you the latest news and stories plus reports from geotechnology industries in UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Asia. Coverage of topics such as 3D Visualisation, Remote Sensing, LiDAR, Cloud, Mobile Mapping, Navigation with emphases on healthcare, public safety, retail, the environment, utilities, surveying, LBS, transport/ logistics, telecommunications and more. Subscribe to GeoConnexion magazines and sign up for free GeoConnexion Newsletters: visit GeoConnexion.com Tel: +44 1223 279151; Email: info@geoconnexion.com

    Everything RF


    everything RF - www.everythingRF.com keeps you up to date with the RF & Microwave Industry. We publish industry news, white papers and technical articles. We have the largest RF & Microwave product database on the internet which consists of product catalogs from over 500 Manufacturers. Use parametric search tools to narrow down on products based on your requirement. Download datasheets, compare products and get quotations. Quotations are routed to the manufacturers (or their distributors) who get back to you with the details. Visit www.everythingRF.com to learn more.

    Defense Systems Journal


    Defense Systems Journal (DSJ) is focused on providing its readership with the latest defense and aerospace market news. Headquartered in Arlington, VA DSJ provides its readers with Federal Government and industry insights and perspectives from the Pentagon, the Military Services, Capitol Hill, and the defense and aerospace industry. While our primary focus is on defense systems, we also monitor policy/budget developments and personnel moves that impact the market space. Additionally, DSJ strives to serve as a repository for industry-relevant reports and budget documentation and as a portal for key industry conferences and trade shows.

    Satellite Evolution Group


    The Satellite Evolution Group delivers a portfolio of must-read publications including; Satellite Evolution Asia; Satellite Evolution EMEA; and Satellite Evolution Global. Containing news, analysis, case studies, and renowned Q&As - the magazines are a must-read. In addition to print magazines, the Satellite Evolution Group delivers products across a complete multimedia platform including email, CD, HTML, audio, and video streaming.

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    21st Century Asian Arms Race


    21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is an online resource for conflict and security related information specific to Eurasia. 21AAR's editorial style and open source approach to gathering public intelligence ensures a unique and independent presentation of events in real-time.


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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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