As the role of technology becomes increasingly prevalent in modern warfare the employment of space as a medium from which to conduct operations has grown. The utilisation of satellites is increasingly underpinning the efficacy of this technology; through GPS data facilitating the targeting of artillery and guidance of missiles and aiding in navigation and mapping; to signals, from long- range communications down to increasingly mobile deployable systems; through to ISR and ICBM defence.

SMi's 9th annual Military Space conference will bring together leading experts in the field of space technology, from global navigation satellite systems, space based ISR and missile defence. Hear over twenty up-to-date presentations from an international panel of speakers and learn how the militarisation of space is evolving; including civil-military cooperation, utilisation of space data, US and European approaches to space operations and the future challenges in doing so. 


Here are just a few key benefits of Military Space to you:

  • Explore the latest advances in ballistic missile defence, high frequency communication, ISR and earth imaging
  • Discuss the utilisation of civilian/military dual-use systems and how this can benefit both parties
  • Hear an update on Geospatial systems from the Austrian’s Armed Forces’ Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann, Director, Geospatial
  • Analyse the issues surrounding cyber security in space and satellite systems
  • Hear  new nations to MilSpace this year including Nigeria, South Africa and Italy
  • Gain a perspective of Military Space from a smaller country from Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Lengkeek, Branch Chief, ISTAR and Space, Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • Develop an understanding of challenges with maritime time domain awareness faced by the Nigerian Armed Forces and how they combat them
  • Hear from the Italian navy about their LTE solutions from Commander Gabellone, Head of Systems Management Department, Italian Navy CIS Rome Centre



AGI; Astrium; Austrian MoD; C S Systemes D'Information; China Academy of Space Technology; Dstl; Embassy of Ukraine; European Defence Agency; European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA); European Space Agency; European Space Policy Institute; FOI; iDirect ; Institute for strategic research of “École Militaire” (IRSEM); Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems ; IRSEM (Institut de Recherche et Strategie de l'Ecole Militaire); Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation Jamms; LUX ARMY HQ; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Defence, Belgium; Ministry of Defence, France; Norwegian Armed Forces; R A F; Swedish Defence Research Agency; UK Space Agency; US Embassy;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Squadron Leader David Davenport

Squadron Leader David Davenport, Officer Commanding, UK Space Operations Coordination Centre, Royal Air Force

9:10 A multi-dimensional approach to GeoWeb-Service: Potentials and applications

Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann

Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann, Director, Geospatial Department, Austrian Armed Forces

  • Modern Information and Distribution Management for Geospatial Data
  • Earth Observation Data – Satellite Imagery –Remote Sensing
  • Delivery of GeoIntel-Products
  • Civil military Cooperation - Effect Based Operations – Comprehensive Approach – Network Enabled Capabilities
  • 9:50 Signalhorn Trusted Networks: Always.Everywhere

    Howard Farr

    Howard Farr, VP Government and NGO Sales, Signalhorn GmbH

  • The spoke, bespoke and unspoken: an essential part of your network; tailored, customer- and solution-centric provision; and high-security, mission-critical operations
  • Betriebausfallsvers/no-fail business line: LoU insurance and multi-protocol provision
  • Trusted Networks: The Values of our Company
  • Post-delivery: Second and subsequent cycles of service delivery
  • 10:30 French space capabilities outlook following the French White Paper 2013

    Colonel Franck Scher

    Colonel Franck Scher, Chief Preparation for the Future, Joint Space Command

  • Importance of space assets for situation awareness and operations
  • A large spectrum of space capabilities
  • Preparation and development of new space capabilities
  • Sovereignty and cooperation
  • 11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Space Radiofrequency Management

    Captain Alexandre Clairin

    Captain Alexandre Clairin, CNGF, CIRISI Maisons-Laffitte, French Ministry of Defence

  • Former Situation (10 years ago)
  • Up-to-date situation
  • Threats
  • Solutions / Answers
  • 12:10 Space Research for Defence and Security

  • Overview DLR research for defence and security
  • Examples of Space Applications (Remote Sensing, Communication, etc.)
  • Dual-Use Aspects
  • Space Situational Awareness
  • Dr. Ing. Martin Hellmann

    Dr. Ing. Martin Hellmann, Program Coordination Security Research, DLR - German Space Agency

    Major Lars Wilhelmy

    Major Lars Wilhelmy, Liaison Officer, DLR - German Space Agency

    13:05 Networking Lunch

    14:20 Military Utilisation of Space

    Squadron Leader David Davenport

    Squadron Leader David Davenport, Officer Commanding, UK Space Operations Coordination Centre, Royal Air Force

  • The UK Space Operations Coordination Centre; its construct, roles and responsibilities
  • Space Dependencies, Vulnerabilities and Threats
  • Space Support to the Warfighter
  • The Future


  • 15:00 Enabling Fast Satcom Deployments for Military field

    Alvaro Sanchez

    Alvaro Sanchez, Sales & Marketing Manager, Integrasys

  • Best procedure to Point, Peak and Pol
  • Commission in Remote areas
  • Time is critical
  • Soldiers Challenges
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 The NATO space “Operations Iceberg” – The looming danger of a non-holistic approach

    Major Steffen Neumann

    Major Steffen Neumann, Space SME- C4ISR Space, JAPCC

  • The ambiguity of conducting space operations without Command & Control of satellites
  • NATO’s existing doctrine on space
  • A holistic approach to space operations and the implications to NATO
  • A possible way ahead
  • 16:40 Understanding Arms Racing Dynamic in Outer Space

    Guilhem Penent

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

  • Issues of Weaponisation & Militarization of Space
  • Controversial assumptions about arms races in Space
  • International Relations Theories
  • 17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Squadron Leader David Davenport

    Squadron Leader David Davenport, Officer Commanding, UK Space Operations Coordination Centre, Royal Air Force

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Jaisha Wray

    Jaisha Wray, Political Officer, US Embassy

    9:10 The importance of HF communications in supporting military operations

    Brigadier General Ian Fordred

    Brigadier General Ian Fordred , General Officer Commanding, Command and Management Information Systems Support Foundation, South African National Defence Force

  • Fundamentals of Ionosonde technology
  • Space Weather effects on HF Communications in the African environment
  • The monitor of the Ionosonde to support frequency predictions
  • Importance of HF Communications in supporting Military Operations


  • 9:50 A private mobile LTE UNTS/HSPA and CDMA/EVDO core network solution for naval satellite data coverage

    Commander Amleto Gabellone

    Commander Amleto Gabellone, Head of Systems Management Department, Italian Navy CIS Rome Centre

  • LTE solutions for mission critical applications
  • Private Mobile system
  • Distribution of Satellite backbone data link
  • Defence Support to Civilian Authorities
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Earth observation as a key asset to support EU external action

    Pascal  Legai

    Pascal Legai , Deputy Director , European Union Satellite Centre

  • EU security and defence context
  • The only EU operational unit in the space and security field: EU satellite Centre
  • Support to military operations and civilian missions
  • Possible future of the EU IMINT/ GEOINT
  • 11:30 ESA's activities in the context of Security and Defence

    Charlotte Mathieu

    Charlotte Mathieu, EU Relations Office, European Space Agency

  • The European Space Agency
  • Space for Security and Defence in Europe
  • The European Institutional Context for Space and Security
  • ESA’s Activities Related to Security
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:10 Moving towards a cyber-security policy for a sustainable, secure and safe space environment

    Charlotte Mathieu

    Charlotte Mathieu, EU Relations Office, European Space Agency

  • The changing view of space cyber security
  • Raising awareness in the space community about   the  cyber-security  issue
  • Establishing  elements  of  a  cyber-security  policy allowing safe, secure and sustainable space missions


  • 13:50 Maritime domain awareness in the gulf of guinea via satellite: Challenges and prospects

    Commodore Christian Anuge

    Commodore Christian Anuge, Defence Communications, Nigerian Navy

  • Nigeria satellites and their capabilities
  • Challenges hindering   satellite applications in the Gulf of Guinea
  • Prospects   of satellite utilisation for maritime awareness in the Gulf of Guinea
  • Appropriate strategies to mitigate the identified challenges
  • Use of other global satellites to provide surveillance solutions to complement current maritime awareness efforts in the Gulf of Guinea region


  • 14:30 Afternoon Tea

    14:50 Small countries and the usage of space

    Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Lengkeek

    Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Lengkeek, Branch Chief, ISTAR and Space, Royal Netherlands Air Force

  • Outlining the threats to small countries
  • What are the vulnerabilities and where are the opportunities
  • Space policy
  • The way ahead, especially for The Netherlands
  • 15:30 SSA efforts in Sweden

    Dr. Kristofer Hallgren

    Dr. Kristofer Hallgren, Analyst, Defence Analysis, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency

  • Short introduction to the current status of space related security issues at FOI
  • Current SSA projects, with a focus on our SSA instrument in the NAPA3-project
  • The road ahead for SSA and RSP at FOI
  • 16:10 Plug and Play for Military Satellites

    Dr. Eva Bernhardsdotter

    Dr. Eva Bernhardsdotter, Space Programme Manager, FMV (Swedish Defence Material Administration)

  • Rationale for Small Satellites
  • Rationale for Plug and Play
  • Responsive Space Capabilities for the Military
  • NAPA – a Swedish Plug and Play Satellite Demonstrator
  • 16:50 International Collaboration on Space Transparency and Confidence Building Measures

    Jaisha Wray

    Jaisha Wray, Political Officer, US Embassy

  • The importance of space capabilities in today’s world
  • The challenges created by an increasingly congested and contested space, environment
  • Opportunities for international cooperation to respond to these challenges
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Jaisha Wray

    Jaisha Wray, Political Officer, US Embassy


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