2021 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 - Future Space Communications Architecture

Captain David Moody, Deputy Head of Space, MoD UK Strategic Command, UK

14:30

The role of satellite communications in the digital backbone: a communications services convergence view

  • BT's use of space in delivering communications services to meet customer's critical business needs
  • Future trends
  • Potential implications for the MOD's digital backbone.

Justin Hodges, Senior Specialist, Major Government, BT

15:00

Networking and exhibition

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

Technology and Partnerships: Driving Innovation

Richard Budd, Head of Secure Communications UK & US, Airbus Defence and Space

Paul Davey, Business Development Director – Space, QinetiQ

16:40

Networking and exhibition

  1. Break-out room – Nick Shave and Neil Fraser available for additional Q&A
  2. Break-out room – Technology and Partnerships: Driving Innovation - Richard Budd, Head of Secure Communications UK & US, Airbus Defence and Space,
    Paul Davey, Business Development Director – Space, QinetiQ,
    Tim Williams, Business Development Manager, Cyber and Information, QinetiQ,
    Steve Ashley, Senior Sales Manager - Mission Systems and Research & Innovation, QinetiQ
  3. Smart AI matched networking 2 people video chats for 2 minutes

17:00

Close

Wednesday 10 March 2021 

13:45

Chairman’s welcome

Kevin Shaw, SKYNET 6 Programme Director, MOD UK Strategic Command, UK

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

Deliver, Innovate, Prosper for the UK

Richard Budd, Head of Secure Communications UK & US, Airbus Defence and Space
Tony HoltCo-founder and CTO, InSpace MissionsUK

14:40

One terminal. All satellites. Creating the future multi-layered communication ecosystem for MilSatCom

  • Today’s fragmented and fragile networks will be challenged by near peer and peer rivals
  • Assured comms and rapid dissemination of actionable intelligence before it becomes stale is a key enabler
  • Modernising the communication ecosystem is feasible with the right coordination of existing and upcoming technology

Brian Billman, VP, Product Management, Isotropic Systems, UK

15:10

Networking and exhibition

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

15:30

Break and exhibition

  1. Break-out room – Mike Rudd available for additional Q&A
  2. Break-out room – Brian Billman available for additional Q&A
  3. Smart AI matched networking 2 people video chats for 2 minutes

Overcoming space threats

15:40

 

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

16:10

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

16:40

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

17:10

Close

Thursday 11 March 2021 

13:45

Chairman’s welcome

John Parkinson, General Manager, SES Defence UK

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

 

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 - Stuart Eves available for additional Q&A
  2. Break-out room - Space debris: Setting a framework for clear policy options. Discussion moderated by Serge Plattard, Deputy Director, Space Domain, UCL
  3. Break-out room - The role of industry and academia in supporting innovation and development for cutting edge defence applications. Discussion moderated by David Dean, Senior Principal Engineer, DSTL
  4. Smart AI matched networking 2 people video chats for 2 minutes

15:20

Break

15:30

 

Changing times and how to deliver Service Management in a smarter, more agile, user friendly and flexible way

  • The GovSat-1 satellite, state-of-the-art technology
  • Delivering services in a smart(er) way - everything you always wanted to know but were too afraid to ask
  • Adapting to a new age of mobility and data hungry applications

Russ Hogan, Service Operations Manager, GovSat

16:00

 

The Convergence of Terrestrial and Space Communications for Mission Critical Networks

  • Review the current use cases for satellite communications in 4G LTE and 5G mission critical networks
  • Consider future applications for further enhancing the digital backbone

Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, BT

16:30

Networking and exhibition

  1. Break-out room – Russ Hogan and Andy Sutton 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

 

Turning tides for milsatcoms

  • 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

The future of satellite 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

Proliferated LEO architectures and Milsatcom use cases

  • What is Proliferated-LEO and what problems does it fix in a Milsatcom architecture
  • How is P-LEO going to change the way defence users procure satcom as a service
  • How do Starlink and OneWeb differ and what services users might expect to see in 2021

Dylan BrowneHead of Government, OneWeb, UK

16:30

Additional Questions Jon Godfrey and Dylan Browne

16:40

Participant engagement/gamification prize and closing remarks