Last years attendance grew by over 20% and attracted the largest ever geographical spread in its history, with attendees from 35 countries.
With 2019 an essential year, for both the host nations SKYNET programme, disruptive go fast efforts being pioneered in the US and NATO signing a new alliance-wide MOU SMi Group will be hosting the 21st annual Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition in London on the 5th, 6th and 7th November at the QEII Conference Centre.
With nearly 600 attendees expected, Global MilSatCom is a key calendar date for satellite professionals across the alliance.
Broken into 4 dedicated days of content, this years meeting is set out to cover mission critical updates from national programmes from the US, Europe and the wider international community.
Once again, there will also be a pre-conference Small Satellites and Disruptive Technology focus day on the 4th November at St James Court, London, which 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 Limited
Future Space & Disruption in the Satellite Market
Mr Craig Clark MBE, Chief Scientific Officer and Founder, Clyde Space/AAC Clyde
Small Sats, Payloads and Data: Trends in Future Space
Mr Mark Boggett, CEO, Seraphim Capital
Meeting the Challenges of the New Space Age
Dr Juan Reveles, Chief Technology Officer, Oxford Space Systems
Critical coverage of the UKs SATCOM programme remains a key reason for attendance at Global MilSatCom. UK MoD presentations on day-one of the conference, will outline the host nations 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 UKs National Space Strategy – Providing Leadership in the Global Space Market
Dr Graham Turnock, CEO, UK Space Agency
SKYNET 5 – the backbone of the UKs 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 OCallaghan, 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
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 is a key function of the forum, with 16 hours of breaks, two drinks 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.