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SMi Group are proud to announce that the 23rd annual Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition will return on the 2nd - 4th November 2021 with a Disruptive Technology Focus Day on the 1st November 2021.

As the space domain becomes increasingly competitive and congested, innovating fast and frequently remains the most essential way to stay ahead. Key lines of effort, both inside and outside the UK, include rapid and agile launch systems, in-orbit servicing, full value-chain optimisation, launch software, and AI integration. In particular, the UK is poised to emerge as a leading space power when its sovereign launch ambitions are fulfilled in the coming years.

 Alongside these efforts, it is widely acknowledged that the sustainability of space is a concern: with mega-constellations set to swarm the skies and a rapid increase in space debris, it is of paramount importance that space is still able to be used in years to come.

SMi’s Disruptive Technology Focus Day brings these threads together in a packed day of thought-leadership, discussion, and discovery in advance of the main Global MilSatCom conference.

Focus Day programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chair's Opening Remarks

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Executive Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
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9:00 Innovation as a Cornerstone of the UK’s Space Ambitions

Mr Ian Annett

Mr Ian Annett, Deputy Chief Executive for Programme Delivery, UK Space Agency
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  • An overview of the UKSA’s innovation and growth initiatives, and why innovation is essential to the UK’s ambitions in space
  • Why a sovereign UK launch capability offers a disruptive approach to space launch for military operations
  • Infrastructure considerations to enable innovation and disruption: how can partners get involved
  • Further plans for innovating in space
  • 9:30 Panel: Leading the Way for Sovereign UK Launch

  • UK as a spaceport: the UK’s particular suiting to satellite launches
  • Looking ahead to future UK launches and what this means for the UK launch community’s development
  • Taking advantage of the small satellite revolution: why spaceports must modernize to keep up with advances in payload, propulsion and launch enablement technology
  • Is the UK launch community ready to meet the government’s goals and support the UK’s growth into a sovereign space nation?
  • Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Executive Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
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    Colonel (Ret'd) Yvette Hopkins

    Colonel (Ret'd) Yvette Hopkins, Director, Innovations and Partnerships, SaxaVord Spaceport

    Mr Roy Kirk

    Mr Roy Kirk, Project Director, Sutherland Space Hub

    Mr Mark Roberts

    Mr Mark Roberts, Project Director, Spaceport 1

    Mr Ian Annett

    Mr Ian Annett, Deputy Chief Executive for Programme Delivery, UK Space Agency
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    Mr Michael O'Brien

    Mr Michael O'Brien, Lead Officer Projects, South Ayrshire Council/Prestwick Spaceport

    Dr John Paffett

    Dr John Paffett, Commercial Director, Spaceport Cornwall
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    10:30 Exploiting Commercial Innovation

    Mr Clinton Clark

    Mr Clinton Clark, Vice President of First Impressions, ExoAnalytic Solutions
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  • Benefits of clear problem definitions
  • Demonstrated Innovations in GEO SSA and beyond
  • Creating bridges across the "valley of death"
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Transformative Capabilities to Deliver New Services and Businesses from Space

    Mr Doug Liddle

    Mr Doug Liddle, CEO, In-Space Missions Limited
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  • Software defined space is transformational for capability and new businesses
  • Multiple occupancy and re-usable satellites enable a new model for the sustainability of space
  • Bringing together traditional and newspace creates an exciting new value proposition
  • 12:00 A NewSpace Responsive approach to Defence Innovation & Exploitation

    Dr Chris Brunskill

    Dr Chris Brunskill, Head of Programmes, D-Orbit UK
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  • (Precision) In-Orbit Demo: fast-track to space for Defence technology.
  • Orbital storage of satellites for UOR applications
  • Real-time In-orbit data processing and communications backhaul
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 LIFT ME OFF: Enabling a Safe and Sustainable Use of Space

    Mr Michel Poucet

    Mr Michel Poucet, CEO, LMO Space
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  • LMO’s mission to ensure sustainable space-use growth and why it matters
  • LMO’s Vectoring Thruster: how a 1 Newton thruster can reduce weight and error for use in orbit
  • Possibilities for AI algorithms to revolutionize SSA: LMO’s experience
  • The future of LMO’s vision and where we go from here
  • 14:00 In-Space Manufacturing for Security and Sustainability

    Mr Joshua Western

    Mr Joshua Western, CEO & Co-Founder, Space Forge
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  • The advantages of in-space manufacturing and how it can augment on orbit capability to ground communications
  • Return from space - a shift in satellite build and refurbishment
  • Closing the loop - responsive launch coupled with tactical return
     
  • 14:30 Panel: Sustainable Finance & Supporting the UK Space Industry with Investment in "Green Jobs" in Space

  • Overview of the UK space industry’s economic base: are we set up for success
  • Funding sustainable technology: what works best to deliver fast, high quality results? What are the benefits and drawbacks of private capital v public grants v venture capital funding?
  • How can we ensure that sustainable technology receives continued funding when results are often “non-profitable”
  • Prevention v reaction: where should investment be directed?
  • Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Executive Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
    View Bio

    Mr Simon Potter

    Mr Simon Potter, Head of Investment & Financial Consulting, BryceTech
    View Bio

    Mr Simon Reid

    Mr Simon Reid, COO, D-Orbit UK
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    Mr James Bruegger

    Mr James Bruegger, Co-Founder and CIO, Seraphim Capital
    View Bio

    15:15 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 Providing a Sustainable, Safe and long-term Space Environment in Cislunar Space

    Dr George E Pollock IV

    Dr George E Pollock IV, Associate Director, Astrodynamics Department, The Aerospace Corporation
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  • The specific challenges of cislunar space for sustainable operations, including space domain awareness and disposal of space debris.
  • What can we do to address these challenges and why should it be done soon?
  • Importance of formulating a clear policy framework to preserve cislunar as a long-term orbit option.
  • 16:15 Fireside Chat: XGEO/Cislunar as a Future Operating Environment

  • The possibilities of cislunar space and why should it be part of future planning for government and industry
  • Encouraging innovation in cislunar: what are we doing now and what should we do in future?
  • What unique challenges are we faced with when developing systems for cislunar operations? How can we raise awareness of these and ensure a coherent response/mitigation strategy?
  • What are our adversaries thinking: what national security concerns are there around cislunar space and how can we mitigate these concerns?
  • Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Executive Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
    View Bio

    Dr George E Pollock IV

    Dr George E Pollock IV, Associate Director, Astrodynamics Department, The Aerospace Corporation
    View Bio

    Dr James Frith

    Dr James Frith, XGEO Tech Area Lead, US AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate
    View Bio

    17:00 Chair's Closing Remarks

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Executive Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
    View Bio

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Dr George E Pollock IV

    Dr George E Pollock IV

    Associate Director, Astrodynamics Department, The Aerospace Corporation
    Dr James Frith

    Dr James Frith

    XGEO Tech Area Lead, US AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate
    Mr Ian Annett

    Mr Ian Annett

    Deputy Chief Executive for Programme Delivery, UK Space Agency

    Colonel (Ret'd) Yvette Hopkins

    Director, Innovations and Partnerships, SaxaVord Spaceport
    Colonel (Ret'd) Yvette Hopkins

    Dr Chris Brunskill

    Head of Programmes, D-Orbit UK
    Dr Chris Brunskill

    Dr Chris Brunskill is responsible for developing missions that enable new capabilities for space logistics and services at D-Orbit UK. He is an electronics engineer specialising in small satellite systems and mission design. He obtained a Masters of Engineering degree in electronics and satellite engineering from the University of Surrey and a PhD in space robotics from the Surrey Space Centre. He has been responsible for the development and delivery of a multitude of CubeSat missions, focused in the creation of new satellite applications that utilise state of the art flight, ground and launch technologies for demonstration of new mission concepts. Chris is passionate about open, innovative technology development in the space sector.

    Dr George E Pollock IV

    Associate Director, Astrodynamics Department, The Aerospace Corporation
    Dr George E Pollock IV

    Dr. George E. Pollock IV is the associate director of the Astrodynamics Department at The Aerospace Corporation, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America. He leads a team of analysts providing space domain awareness, cislunar, and advanced space mission analyses for the U.S. Space Force, Intelligence Community, and NASA customers. Pollock holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics, and a doctoral degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, all from Purdue University. Dr. Pollock is the co-author of a June 2020 paper entitled, “Cislunar Stewardship: Planning for Sustainability and International Cooperation.”

    Dr James Frith

    XGEO Tech Area Lead, US AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate
    Dr James Frith

    Dr. James Frith studied at the University of Washington where he earned two bachelor degrees in astronomy and physics. After many years of travels, he worked as an AFRL contractor on Maui to deploy a world-wide network of small aperture telescopes used for space domain awareness. He went on to gain a PhD in Exoplanet Astrophysics from the University of Hertfordshire and then held a contracting position as the Optical Observation Lead at the NASA Orbital Debris Program Office. Since 2019, he has worked at the AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate leading studies on how to extend the US Space Force’s space domain awareness efforts beyond GEO orbits and is the Cislunar Highway Patrol System’s flight experiment lead.

    Dr John Paffett

    Commercial Director, Spaceport Cornwall
    Dr John Paffett

    John is the Commercial Director for Spaceport Cornwall responsible for the implementation of facilities and services necessary to support the operation of the Virgin Orbit LauncherOne system from Cornwall Airport Newquay, and the first launch in 2022. John is also managing director of KISPE, a specialist project engineering, system design and implementation company working in the space, telecommunications and electronics industries. He is also the founder of Applied Space Solutions Limited a company focussed on the provision of space related analytics, applications and services.

    An advocate for driving the sustainable use and application of space, he has proven engineering, management, strategic, business and business development skills, with a track record of working with international space industry partners in securing new business opportunities and delivering complex projects.

    He was previously the Director of Telecommunications, Navigation and Launch services, for the small satellite manufacture Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), and Chief Executive Officer of the groups US subsidiary (SST-US). He is accustomed to interfacing with senior officials in the international space community and skilled at developing innovative approaches to meet challenging space business needs.

    As well as a strong technical and managerial background in satellite engineering, he has a wealth of experience, in the set-up, growth, acquisition, divestment, management and operation of businesses.

    Mr Clinton Clark

    Vice President of First Impressions, ExoAnalytic Solutions
    Mr Clinton Clark

    Clinton Clark serves as Vice President of First Impressions for ExoAnalytic Solutions. Mr. Clark is responsible for sharing our story, our technology vision, what we stand for, and where we are going! His passion is the protection and maintenance of near-Earth space as a natural resource for mankind to utilize for critical services including Earth imaging, access to internet, and position, navigation, and timing. His responsibilities at ExoAnalytic also include product and service development, operations research and analysis support to multiple customers, and the evaluation of operational utility for advanced technology solutions.

    Mr. Clark is an operations researcher that is customer focused with deep expertise in the application of structured decision-making techniques, multi-variate statistics, and modeling and simulation to a variety of problem areas. He began his career as an officer in the United States Air Force (USAF) where he helped design, evaluate, and field a variety of space systems. He worked in numerous Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) Strategy Divisions helping to develop, refine, and evaluate air war strategies and plans. After his career in the USAF, Mr. Clark left the aerospace industry to help build a new business within Waste Management, the world’s largest environmental services firm. Operating as an intrapreneur, he helped the newly formed Commercial Property organization grow by $200M in 18-months.

    Mr. Clark earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Lamar University, a M.S. in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from Rice University. In addition, he is a graduate of the International Space University (ISU) Summer Space Program, where he has served as a guest lecturer. Clint is an American football fan by birth, but Leeds United fan by choice!

    Mr Doug Liddle

    CEO, In-Space Missions Limited
    Mr Doug Liddle

    After leaving Oxford in 1993 with an MA in Physics, Doug joined the Defence Research Agency (now QinetiQ) to work on all things space, including radar surveillance, space radiation, spacecraft dynamics and military communications systems.

    In 2001, Doug moved to Surrey Satellites to become a spacecraft systems engineer. Over the following years, he developed several new spacecraft including Europe’s first Galileo demonstrator satellite, GIOVE-A; ran the Science and Exploration business unit; and delivered multiple satellites and optical imaging payloads including the UK’s first cubesat.

    In 2015, Doug created In-Space Missions, a company founded to develop new space enabled services and offer expert consultancy to industry, academia and government. Since 2015, Doug has variously run the UK’s small launchprogramme; led the technical development of a disruptive innovation centre; developed a commercial demonstration platform for space; and initiated a company delivering real time video and immersive experiences from space. Doug also sits on a number of industry boards (UKspace, Space Growth Partnership, and SPRINT) and takes an active interest in STEAM outreach.
     

    Mr Ian Annett

    Deputy Chief Executive for Programme Delivery, UK Space Agency
    Mr Ian Annett

    Ian joined the UK Space Agency in January 2020 as Deputy Chief Executive, responsible for Programme Delivery of the major National space programmes including Spaceflight, Regulatory Control and the UK Space Based PNT Programme.

    Previously he had a career in the Royal Navy which he concluded as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Information Warfare and Chief Information Officer at Navy Command HQ where was SRO for several major complex programmes and also commissioned the Royal Navy’s first digital and data lab, delivering Artificial Intelligence capabilities using Agile methodology.

    Earlier appointments include Joint Forces Command, as Programme Director for Skynet 6 (the UK’s largest government satellite communications programme), the Ministry of Defence Central Staff and British Defence Staff in Washington, DC. He served in six warships as a Weapon Engineer.

    Ian has BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a MSc in Guided Weapon Systems. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, an MPLA Alumnus of the Said Business School, Oxford and a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies. Outside of work he is a keen aerobatic flyer and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

    Mr James Bruegger

    Co-Founder and CIO, Seraphim Capital
    Mr James Bruegger

    James Bruegger, the co-founder and CIO of Seraphim, is a prolific venture capitalist investor in the global Space Tech domain. James was the early VC investor in Arqit, Iceye, LeoLabs and D-Orbit and led investments in several companies that went public including Spire Global and AST & Science. Previously he worked at YFM Equity Partners and Burlington Consultants, a boutique strategy consultancy that was acquired by Deloitte & Touche. James holds a first class degree in History from University College London.

    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 Mark Roberts

    Project Director, Spaceport 1
    Mr Mark Roberts

    Mr Michael O'Brien

    Lead Officer Projects, South Ayrshire Council/Prestwick Spaceport
    Mr Michael O'Brien

    Mr Michel Poucet

    CEO, LMO Space
    Mr Michel Poucet

    Michel Poucet is an ex-rocket scientist turned entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in the space industry. He holds a Master in Space engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, in Italy together with an MBA from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium. Today he is CEO and one of the founders of LMO. LMO is a UK & Luxembourg business developing Propulsion and Space Situational Awareness subsystems for the Small Satellite and In-Orbit Servicing and Manufacturing markets.

    Mr Roy Kirk

    Project Director, Sutherland Space Hub
    Mr Roy Kirk

    Mr Simon Potter

    Head of Investment & Financial Consulting, BryceTech
    Mr Simon Potter

    Simon has been responsible for investment and financial consulting for commercial and government clients since joining BryceTech in 2018.

    Bryce partners with technology and R&D clients, policymakers, and investors to deliver mission and business success, combining core competencies in analytics and engineering with domain expertise, offering clients proprietary, research-based models that enable evidence-based decision making.

    Simon leads Bryce’s participation in the World Economic Forum’s Space Sustainability Rating design team, that includes the WEF, Space Enabled Research Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, European Space Agency, University of Texas at Austin, and BryceTech.

    Prior to joining Bryce, he spent many years advising institutional investors and corporates on investments, technologies, and operating models; as well as serving in a variety of roles in investment banking.
     

    Mr Simon Reid

    COO, D-Orbit UK
    Mr Simon Reid

    Simon Reid is Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the UK branch of D-Orbit where he is responsible of leading D-Orbit’s business and technology development in the UK. Simon has a solid information technology background and 30 years of experience in the space industry, developing system architecture and operational software systems for clients such as European Space Agency, Eumetsat, Eutelsat, Galileo & the UK Space Agency.

    Simon joined D-Orbit in mid-2019 because, in his words, “D-Orbit is a truly interdisciplinary space company with an inspiring vision for a sustainable space economy”. His goal is to contribute to the growth of the UK space industry by identifying and pursuing its untapped potential.
     

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Executive Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Sqn Ldr (Retd) Ralph Dinz Dinsley is a retired RAF officer with more than 32 years of active service as an Aerospace Battle Manager including 16 years as a surveillance of space practitioner and space situational awareness advocate. His final assignments included leading the RAF contribution to global SSA in 2 significant programmes. Dinz’s unique military experience is further underpinned, as a CAS Fellow, with an MA in Peace and Development from Leeds Metropolitan University; his dissertation covering Critical Perspectives on UK Space Security. Since retirement from the military in September 2017 Dinz formed, and is now Executive Director of NorSS Ltd, an innovative Northumberland based SSA company. Additionally, he was one of the founding members of SAINTS (Situational Awareness Information National Technology Service) a group of NE tech companies developing SA for government, industry and academia. He is also an observer to the Hague Space Resource Governance Working Group.

    Sponsors

    Exhibitors

    VENUE

    St James' Court

    Buckingham Gate, London, United Kingdom

    In a country that values understatement, St. James' Court is an English classic typifying the concealed charm of one of Britain's finest hotels. With a distinguished pedigree shaped over more than a century, this discreet masterpiece offers elegant service, with an easy charm that’s reserved, yet attentive. Exceeding the expectations of today’s discerning traveller, St. James' Court is a slice of the past served up on a contemporary platter.

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    Sponsors


    Alliance

    Sponsors
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-alliance-defence/

    The Alliance partnership brings together three experienced global service providers with long standing defence pedigrees: BT in resilient information services and secure mobility; NSSLGlobal with commercial satcom for the Royal Navy, land and air users; and Viasat in space and cyber expertise and delivery. Working and innovating together, enabling defence.


    Babcock

    Sponsors
    http://www.babcockinternational.com

    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.



    Boeing

    Sponsors
    http://www.boeing.com

    Space and Launch's global satellite businesses, headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., together make up Boeing’s center for all space-borne intelligence systems and government and commercial satellite systems. Boeing offers end-to-end intelligence services and has competency in large-scale systems integration; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; and navigation and communication systems. The world's first geosynchronous communications satellite, Syncom II, was built by Boeing and launched in 1963. Since Syncom, the company has delivered more than 300 satellites to more than 50 customers in over 20 countries. All were designed and built in Boeing’s satellite manufacturing factory, the world’s largest such facility.


    Eutelsat

    Sponsors
    https://www.eutelsat.com

    Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world's leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location.

    National and international government networks, natural disaster relief management, special operations and nation-building all require easily deployable, dependable, secure, flexible and affordable communications. Whether you face challenges of remote connectivity, security, assured access to satcom services, resilience or agility, we can tailor solutions specifically for you.



    ExoAnalytic Solutions

    Sponsors
    http://www.exoanalytic.com

    ExoAnalytic Solutions is the world's leading provider of high-altitude space situational awareness (SSA) data products and services. With a network of over 300 telescopes, ExoAnalytic Solutions produces vast amounts of high-quality, real-time correlated observations of man-made satellites and debris. The ExoAnalytic Global Telescope Network (EGTN) currently consists of 30+ observatories on five continents (Africa, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America) and Hawaii. Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, CA, ExoAnalytic Solutions is a technology and innovation leader in missile defense, complex systems modelling and simulation, and space situational awareness.


    GovSat

    Sponsors
    http://www.govsat.lu

    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.


    Hughes

    Sponsors
    https://www.hughes.com/

    Hughes delivers information anywhere the mission leads. We engineer and manage resilient networks with intelligence built-in, to make networks easier to operate and harder to take down. We leverage interoperable standards to make networks software-defined, not hardware-limited. We reach to the farthest ends of the mission, so the warfighter is never at an information disadvantage. Hughes. Secure Communications. Anytime. Anywhere. Anycomms.


    Inmarsat

    Sponsors
    http://www.inmarsat.com/government

    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

    Sponsors
    www.kratosdefense.com/products/space

    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

    Sponsors
    http://www.leonardodrs.com

    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

    Sponsors
    http://www.lockheedmartin.com

    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

    Sponsors
    http://www.northropgrumman.com

    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

    Sponsors
    http://www.ovzon.com

    Ovzon is revolutionizing mobile broadband via satellite with the highest bandwidth through the smallest terminals. Ovzon’s end-to-end solutions meet the growing demand of global connectivity for customers with high performance requirements including Government, Media, Maritime, Aviation and NGOs. The company was founded in 2006 and has offices in Stockholm in Sweden and in Herndon, VA, and Tampa, FL in the United States. Ovzon is publicly listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.


    SES

    Sponsors
    https://www.ses.com

    As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially-proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air. Governments around the world increasingly rely on commercial satellite services to meet their networking needs. With O3b mPOWER, SES will offer unparalleled throughput, scalability and flexibility, enabling sovereign capabilities to put you in control of your data and missions, wherever they are. Whether it’s for military, social and economic development, or future technologies, SES can help.



    ST Engineering iDirect

    Sponsors
    http://www.idirect.net

    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.


    Telesat Government Solutions

    Sponsors
    https://www.telesat-us.com

    Telesat Government Solutions is continuously innovating to meet the connectivity demands of the future. Telesat Lightspeed, the company’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite network, will offer unparalleled survivable and assured connectivity for integrated, hybrid MilSatCom networking for defense missions.


    Thales

    Sponsors
    http://www.thalesgroup.com

    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


    Thuraya

    Sponsors
    www.thuraya.com

    Thuraya, is the mobile satellite services subsidiary of Yahsat, a leading global satellite operator based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company. Established in 1997, Thuraya offers innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including maritime, energy, government, broadcast media, military, aerospace and humanitarian NGO.


    Viasat

    Sponsors
    http://www.viasat.com

    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

    Sponsors
    https://virginorbit.com/

    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.

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    GRC Ltd

    Exhibitors
    https://grcltd.net/

    Satellite, RF, cloud and IP connectivity specialists, GRC design, integrate and support communication systems serving defence, government, emergency response and commercial users. Our partnerships and Tier 1 VAR (Value-Added Reseller) status with leading hardware and airtime providers, ensure cost-effective, intelligently integrated solutions, backed up by through life support and training.


    Inster

    Exhibitors
    http://www.inster.es

    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.


    Integrasys

    Exhibitors
    https://www.integrasys-space.com

    INTEGRASYS, established in 1990 is a software development and engineering company specialized in satellite network design, deployment, maintenance, and interference mitigation tools for monitoring critical satellite infrastructure in the commercial and defense fields, offering a wide range of signal monitoring products and VSAT Deployment, maintenance, and link budget solutions.


    Kymeta

    Exhibitors
    https://kymetacorp.com

    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

    Exhibitors
    http://www.l3harris.com

    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.


    Marlink

    Exhibitors
    https://marlink.com

    Marlink is the trusted partner of fully managed network solutions based on an intelligent hybrid network infrastructure and unrivalled digital services. We serve European militaries and government institutions, empowering remote operations with multi-band satcoms seamlessly integrated with terrestrial technologies. We tailor our solutions with advanced tracking and safety, welfare communications, digital solutions including remote data and IT and cyber security supported by 24/7 logistics and support for efficient operations.


    Media Broadcast Satellite (MBS)

    Exhibitors
    http://www.mb-satellite.com

    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


    Milexia

    Exhibitors
    https://www.milexia.com/

    Milexia provide a range of tactical satcom terminals, RF Sub-Systems and Engineering Solutions that enable tactical communications. Offered in X, Ku and Ka-band, our lightweight robust designs have been adopted by defence, homeland security and emergency services around the globe.


    OneWeb

    Exhibitors
    https://www.oneweb.world/

    Co-owned by Her Majesty’s Government, global communications company OneWeb provides Armed Forces around the World with game-changing levels in Broadband connectivity. Enabled by its constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites and ecosystem of ground gateways and user terminals, OneWeb provides multi-domain forces with high speed, low latency and reliable communications, supported by ‘Cloud’ computing and ‘on-demand’ digital resources.


    XTAR, LLC

    Exhibitors
    http://www.xtar.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 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.

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    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.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    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.

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    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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