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Why Global MilSatCom Is A Key Date For The Military Satellite Sector

Where's the venue and what is happening at the 21st Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition?

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How allied partners are working to maintain and sustain space superiority will be a key feature at this year’s annual Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition - Europe's leading military satellite event.

SATCOM updates from a range of nations will be presented to delegates at the event venue, the QEII Conference Centre in Wesminster, London, from the November 5 to November 7, 2019.

Almost 600 attendees are expected, with presentations by representatives from many allied countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, South Korea, United Kingdom, USA and others.

Key benefits of attending include:

  • Critical host nation support, up to and including the ministerial level – providing comprehensive coverage of the UK’s space sector and SATCOM goals
  • An international speaker line up unrivalled within other events, that provide key updates from established and emerging space-faring nations across the globe
  • A dedicated focus day looking at how small satellite constellations and disruptive space technology is revolutionizing space-based communications
  • Meet and network with 550+ attendees from defence agencies, militaries, governments and industry over 8 hours of breaks; as well as 2 drinks receptions and 2 conference dinners
  • Explore developments on US SATCOM – analysing growing requirements, programme proceedings and procurement plans
Global MilSatCom 2019

This year’s conference, from SMi Group, is the biggest edition to date, with an intense focus on how we remain ahead of our adversaries in space.

Last year’s attendance grew by over 20% and attracted the largest ever geographical spread in its history, with attendees from 35 countries.

Broken into four dedicated days of content, this year’s meeting is set out to cover mission critical updates from national programmes from the US, Europe and the wider international community.

Aside from the main three days, there will also be a pre-conference Small Satellites and Disruptive Technology focus day on the November 4 at St James’ Court, London.

That event will explore developments in LEO small satellite constellations and how we can exploit these networks to deliver more capability on the ground.

The focus day will bring together leading commercial solution providers, those at the cutting edge of small satellite R&D, including Oxford Space Systems from the Harwell Science & Innovation Campus, and government end-users – to discuss what future trends in constellation development might have here on the ground.

Focus day presentation highlights for 2019:

Delivering the Disruptive: Future Launch & Development of Small Satellites Mr Gary Lay BEng, Director of Strategic Opportunities, Surrey Satellite Technology LimitedFuture Space & Disruption in the Satellite Market Mr Craig Clark MBE, Chief Scientific Officer and Founder, Clyde Space/AAC ClydeSmall Sats, Payloads and Data: Trends in Future Space Mr Mark Boggett, CEO, Seraphim CapitalMeeting the Challenges of the New Space Age Dr Juan Reveles, Chief Technology Officer, Oxford Space Systems

Global MilSatCom 2019

Critical coverage of the UK’s SATCOM programme remains a key reason for attendance at Global MilSatCom.

UK MOD presentations on day one of the conference will outline the host nation’s vision for future MILSATCOM capability with presentations at all levels covering: Skynet 5 service delivery wrap, the future of Skynet 6 (which is set to provide the backbone of UK military capability until 2040 and beyond), terminals and more.

Conference day one presentation highlights for 2019:

Strategic Developments in SKYNET & Future UK MILSATCOM Captain David Moody,SATCOM and Strategic Networks, UK MoD

The UK’s National Space Strategy - Providing Leadership in the Global Space Market Dr Graham Turnock,CEO, UK Space Agency

SKYNET 5 - the backbone of the UK’s current SATCOM capability Mr Barry Austin,Skynet 6 Project Manager and Deputy Head of Networks, ISS, UK MoD

UK MOD Panel: Concepts of Future Operations (CONOPS) for the UK Under Skynet 5 & Skynet 6 Panellists: Commander Phil Coope, Programme Manager, SATCOM and Strategic Networks, UK MoD Wing Commander David Black, SKYNET 6 EC Lead, ISS, UK MoD Dr Michael O’Callaghan, Space Programme Manager, Dstl Ms Deanna Ryals, Chief Partnerships Officer, SMC, US Air Force

Day two of the conference will explore the future of MilSatCom for the United States, analysing growing requirements, programme proceedings and procurement plans.

Conference day two presentation highlights for 2019:

Integrating Commercial Bandwidth and Architectures to Military Communications Ms Clare Grason, Chief, Commercial Satellite Communications Office (CSCO), AFSPACE, US Air Force

Go Global, Go Polar: From Spot Beams to Global High Throughput - Next Generation SATCOM Capability Ms Nicole Robinson, Senior Vice President, SES Global Government & Managing Director, SES Networks

SMC 2.0. Delivering the Capability Demanded by the Warfighter at EPIC SPEED Ms Deanna Ryals, Chief Partnership Officer, SMC, US Air Force

US Enterprise Communications Mr Joe Vanderpoorten, Portfolio Architect, MILSATCOM Advanced Concepts, SMC, AFSPACE, US Air Force

Global MilSatCom 2019

Finally, day three of the conference will cover key updates from the wider international audience.

Conference day-three presentation highlights for 2019:

Space Policy of Japan Mr Hirohisa Mori, Director, National Space Policy Secretariat, Cabinet Office of Japan, Japanese Self Defence Forces

Canadian MILSATCOM update Colonel Cameron Stoltz, Director of Space Requirements, Canadian Armed Forces

Roadmap for Future SATCOM: Updates on the Australian Approach to C4i Mr Luke Brown, Assistant Secretary Space and Communication, Australian Department of Defence

Roadmap for Future Brazilian MilSatCom Capabilities Major General Jose Vital, VP, Brazilian Space Systems Commission, Brazilian MoD

Networking will be a key function of the forum, with 16 hours of breaks, twodrinks receptions and two(invitation only) conference dinners, hosted by leading industry sponsors, Lockheed Martin, SES Networks, Eutelsat, Airbus. These sessions will bring together those setting requirements, procurement officers and end users to foster new working relationships.

The two exhibition rooms will provide both system integrators and government stakeholders the ability to network with an array of exhibitors.

The 2019 sponsors and exhibitors include: Lead Sponsor: SES Networks, Gold Sponsor: Airbus, Silver Sponsor: Eutelsat, Sponsors: Avanti, COMSAT, GetSAT, GovSat, Inmarsat, Intelsat General, Kratos, Lockheed Martin, Laser Communications Coalition (LCC), Northrup Grumman, Newtec, Oneweb, Raytheon, SES Government Solutions, Telesat, Thales, Viasat, Exhibitors: Datapath, Hytec Inter, Idirect, Inster, Marlink, Media Broadcast Satellite, NovelSat, PlaneWave Instruments, ReQuTech, SCISYS UK, Skyrora, Spectra Group, Teledyne, US Air Force, Xtar.

Set to be an unmissable forum for anyone involved in the diverse array of MILSATCOM, this conference continues to set itself centre stage as it celebrates its 21st birthday.

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