Programme

Friday 5 March 2021

9am

Virtual Platform open for participants to log-on, complete their profile and familiarise themselves with the platform. Meeting hub will be open to schedule meetings with colleagues and sponsors. Meetings can take place on the platform from 9am to 6pm from Monday 8 March to Friday 12 March.

Tuesday 9 March 2021

13:45

IET & Chairman’s welcome and introduction

Dave Davis MBE, Technical Director, ST Engineering iDirect

Milsatcom landscape

14:00

MoD Keynote: Analysing the space landscape and how is Brexit and Covid-19 impacting the UK’s space industry?

Senior Representative, MoD, UK

14:30

Case study: challenges and opportunities for the Milsatcom industry

15:00

Networking and exhibition

  1. Break-out room - Speakers available for additional Q&A
  2. Break-out room - Space Based Assured PNT – Should a Commercial Market Determine its Own Future?  Discussion introduced by Ian Annett, Deputy CEO for Project Delivery, UK Space Agency
  3. Smart AI matched networking two people video chats for two minutes

15.20

Break

Defining your space strategy

15:30

 

Delivering certainty in an uncertain world: the path to growth and sustainability in military satcom

Nick Shave, Vice President, Strategic Programmes, Inmarsat Global Government, UK

16:00

Evolving landscape of milsatcom and what can be learnt from enterprise and consumer solutions

-          Emerging behaviours and technologies

-          Futureproofing your business capabilities

-          Industry best practices and procedures

Neil Fraser, Director – Defence and Space Programmes, NSSLGlobal Ltd, UK

16:30

Networking and exhibition

  1. Break-out room - Nick Shave and Neil Fraser available for additional Q&A
  2. Smart AI matched networking 1-1 meetings for two minutes

17:00

Close

Wednesday 10 March 2021 

13.45

 

Chairman’s welcome

Dave Davis, MBE, Technical Director, ST Engineering iDirect

14:00

Building scalable, resilient and innovative infrastructures

-       What are the space and ground segments to consider for new infrastructure?

-       Overcoming the challenges around security and bandwidth

-       Upcoming projects and solutions

Mike Rudd, Head of Telecommunications Strategy, UK Space Agency, UK

14:30

What secondary payloads makes sense for a military comsat?

-       Going beyond the information exchange requirements of the war fighter

-       Assessing the novel secondary payload capabilities

-       Providing these capabilities without major, expensive modifications to either the satellite platform or its communications payload

Stuart Eves, Director, SJe Space, UK

15:00

Networking and exhibition

  1. Break-out room – Mike Rudd and Stuart Eves available for additional Q&A
  2. Break-out room – BT
  3. Smart AI matched networking two people video chats for two minutes

15:20

Break

Overcoming space threats

15.30

 

Mitigating the impact of extreme weather and dynamic space environment on satellite communication

-           Understanding the ever-changing space environment

-           Mitigation for satellite communications

-           New developments in space weather sensing and monitoring

Gemma Attrill, Principal Scientist, Space Environment Project Technical Authority and Space Weather Lead, Dstl, UK

16.00

Overcoming security challenges through Space Situational Awareness

-       Regulations and SST guidelines across Europe

-       Mitigating the risks of collisions by effectively monitoring and avoiding debris

-       Lessons learned from the current debris removal missions

Serge Plattard, Deputy Director, Space Domain, UCL, UK

16:30

Networking and exhibition

  1. Break-out room – Gemma Attrill and Serge Plattard available for additional Q&A
  2. Smart AI matched networking two people video chats for two minutes

17.00

Close

Thursday 11 March 2021 

13.45

Chairman’s welcome

Dave Davis MBE, Technical Director, ST Engineering iDirect

Industry trends

14:00

 

Emerging markets and challenges for the milsatcom industry

Ian Annett, Deputy CEO for Project Delivery, UK Space Agency, UK

14:30

 

Mobile Milsatcom applications – all you need to know!

-       Mobile applications on a high throughput and new military satellite

-       Looking at land, air and maritime mobile applications

-       Case studies and lessons learned

Russ Hogan, Service Operations Manager, GovSat

15:00

Networking and exhibition

  1. Break-out room - Ian Annett and Russ Hogan available for additional Q&A
  2. Break-out room - Topic to be confirmed. Discussion introduced by Serge Plattard, Deputy Director, Space Domain, UCL
  3. Smart AI matched networking two people video chats for two minutes

15:20

Break

15:30

 

Utilising satellite communication for disaster relief and capacity building

-       Building communication networks in extrema conditions

-       Satellite communications for mobilising support and resources

-       Future humanitarian missions and case studies

Chris Lyon, Head of Tech & Innovation, RE:ACT, UK

16:00

 

Airbus

16:30

Networking and exhibition

  1. Break-out room – Chris Lyon available for additional Q&A
  2. Smart AI matched networking two people video chats for two minutes

17:00

Close

Friday 12 March 2021 

13:45

Chairman’s welcome

Dave Davis MBE, Technical Director, ST Engineering iDirect, UK

Upcoming technologies

14:00

 

Assessing the disruptive technologies for milsatcom

  • Hybrid threats and emerging technologies
  • Impact of digital transformation and 5G on satellite communication
  • Artificial intelligence and cognitive electronic warfare systems

Ralph Thiele, President, EuroDefense, Germany

14:30

Exploiting Mega-constellations for Hybrid Positioning and Connectivity

  • Characteristics of Mega-constellations and associated waveforms
  • System Concepts for High Accuracy, High Resilience timing and positioning
  • Deployment considerations for in-theatre hybrid connectivity and positioning

Paul Febvre, CTO, Satellite Applications Catapult, UK

15:00

Networking and exhibition

  1. Break-out room – Ralph Thiele and Paul Febvre available for additional Q&A
  2. Break-out room - What is the right balance between Sovereign, Commercial, and Allied capacity/capability to meet future military SATCOM requirements in the evolving threat environment? Discussion introduced by Nick Shave, Vice President, Strategic Programmes, Inmarsat Global Government, UK
  3. Smart AI matched networking two people video chats for two minutes

15:20

Break

15:30

Advantages of Disadvantaged Terminals - Technology Trends for Small Terminals

  • Analysing the industry shift towards very small aperture terminal (VSAT)
  • Man-Portable Data Terminals for rapid deployment
  • Trends in technology for small terminals

Jon Godfrey, General Manager, Paradigm Communications Systems, UK

16:00

Dylan Brown, Vice President, Government Sales, OneWeb, UK

16:30

Participant engagement/gamification prize and closing remarks