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Global MilSatCom 2023
6 November - 9 November 2023
Global MilSatCom 2023

Conference Overview

Be part of the 25th year celebration of the longest standing, largest conference and exhibition for MilSatCom in the world. Collaborate with leading SATCOM experts and connect with over 100 inspirational speakers and over 1000 attendees.

The Global MilSatCom Conference and Exhibition truly is your best opportunity to contribute to this critical field.

Collaborate across an unmatched 4 day programme

Join forward-thinking SATCOM experts, and you’ll leave the conference empowered with the tools and knowledge to better support your organisations strategy.

1000+ Attendees | 80+ Conference Sessions | 45+ Nations in Attendance | 35 Exhibition Stands | 4 Topic-led Streams | 3 Evening Receptions

Check out the new brochure to find out more!

Before the main event kicks-off, make sure you join the Pre-Conference Focus Day - SATCOM On-The-Move at the Royal Horseguards Hotel - 6th November

Recognising the paramount importance of communication on-the-move, this pre-conference event will further empower you to enhance your capabilities in this challenging arena.

Building upon the success of last year’s sell out event, we are thrilled to announce the second edition of the SATCOM On-the-Move Focus Day, as part of Global MilSatCom 2023.

Here’s why you can’t afford to miss SATCOM On-The-Move Focus Day:

  • Access key subject-leaders from the UK, US, and Europe for interactive discussions focused on your challenges.
  • Build a greater understanding of how the landscape has changed in the last year and the implications this has for you.
  • Gain vital information into new advancements and emerging trends, that you won’t get anywhere else.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Brigadier General Davide Cipelletti

Brigadier General Davide Cipelletti

Chief - Space General Office, Italian Defence General Staff
Colonel Clifford White

Colonel Clifford White

Director Space Services, Australian Defence Space Command
Cy Keogh

Cy Keogh

Senior Advisor - Business Transformation, Manufacturing Technology Centre
Deanna Ryals

Deanna Ryals

Director, International Affairs, Space Systems Command, USSF
Dr Chiara Palla

Dr Chiara Palla

Co-lead, Women in Aerospace UK
Dr Joanna Hart

Dr Joanna Hart

Director, Space Partnership
Dr Junayd Miah

Dr Junayd Miah

Science Adviser, UK Space Command
Dr Robert Massey

Dr Robert Massey

Deputy Executive Director, Royal Astronomical Society
Holly Whitehouse

Holly Whitehouse

Chair, UKSEDS
Jacob Smith

Jacob Smith

Director, SpaceCareers.uk
Joanne Oliver

Joanne Oliver

Business Engagement Lead, Satellite Applications Catapult
Joseph Dudley

Joseph Dudley

Co-Chair, Space Skills Alliance
Lieutenant General Elanor Boekholt-O'Sullivan

Lieutenant General Elanor Boekholt-O'Sullivan

Deputy Director-General of Policy, The Netherlands Ministry of Defence
Peter Trussell

Peter Trussell

Skills for Space Lead, UK Space Agency
Squadron Leader Becky Kirk

Squadron Leader Becky Kirk

Space Systems SME, RAF

Aaron Curtis

Solution Manager, Airbus Defence and Space
Aaron Curtis

Air Commodore Adam Bone

Head of Operations, Plans, Enablement and Training, UK Space Command
Air Commodore Adam Bone

Adam Bone enjoyed various postings and deployments as a junior officer. Tours included Ops Officer at the Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre, numerous operational deployments as part of the Op VERITAS/TELIC Task Force and an exchange appointment with the Defence Intelligence Geospatial Organisation in Canberra. Before promoting to Sqn Ldr, Bone was posted to RAF Odiham as the Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing IntO responsible to three enduring SF operations in Afghanistan and Iraq for which he was commended for meritorious service.

Following a tour as intelligence lead within the SF Cell at PJHQ, Bone commanded the PJHQ Op HERRICK J2 team. Subsequently he deployed to US CENTCOM, acting as the UK Counter Terrorism LO for the Senior British Military Advisor, before a thoroughly rewarding tour as a flight commander on 39 Sqn at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. On promotion to Wing Commander, Bone became senior J2 officer at the UK’s high-readiness JFHQ where he was intimately involved in tasks such as non-combatant evacuation operations in Africa and support to UK elements in Iraq. His tour culminated in leading the UK military team based out of the UK Embassy in Nigeria in the early stages of Op TURUS.

His next move was to the MOD in Whitehall as a member of the Air Staff Strategy team, where he was the principal staff officer for the RAF Strategy released in 2017. Before promoting to Group Captain, Bone was Officer Commanding the National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence (Analysis) at RAF Wyton. Bone then completed a tour as DACOS Air Intelligence and Information Warfare within 11Gp, before being selected to become Personal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff for a busy tour which included supporting CAS throughout Op PITTING and Op SCORPIUS.

Air Cdre Bone is now Head of Operations, Plans and Training at UK Space Command.

He is a Tedder Fellow and has a Masters in International Relations and Politics from Trinity Hall, the University of Cambridge, where he is an elected Bateman Fellow. Bone is also a graduate of the ACSC and holds two further post graduate degrees in Defence and Intelligence related topics.
 

Alastair East

Head of NSpOC development and International SST, UK Space Agency
Alastair East

Andy Rayner

Skynet Campaign Director, Lockheed Martin
Andy Rayner

 Andy Rayner joined Lockheed Martin in September 2016 as the International lead within the Military Space Line of Business. A UK national based in Denver, Colorado, he is responsible for International outreach for Military Space programmes which include Space-Based Early Warning (SBEW), Military Satellite Communications, Position Navigation and Timing (PNT) and Space Domain Awareness (SDA).

 
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Andy served as a Royal Navy Weapon Engineer Officer for more than 28 years, most recently as the capability planner for the UK’s strategic networks and then as the Maritime C4ISR lead in the British Embassy, Washington, DC, from where he ‘jumped ship’ to join Lockheed Martin

Barry Austin

SATCOM Programme Manager - Defence Digital, UK Strategic Command
Barry Austin

Barry Austin joined the Ministry of Defence in 1984, with the expectation that it would be a short term appointment until something better came along. Having started work in the Central Accounting and Finance Teams, he was subsequently promoted to Executive Officer (Information Technology) and posted to the IT development team responsible for designing and implementing MOD’s New Management Strategy (NMS) – which oversaw the introduction of the TLB approach to managing Defence. Subsequent postings in IT Project Management took him to Worcester and then RAF Henlow where he became the Data and Integration Manager for the RAF’s enterprise Logistics Information system. Having gone through the Defence Finance Accountancy Training Scheme, he felt it was time to return to his core financial roots and was posted to HMNB Clyde as the Finance and Business Manager for the Facilities and Naval Base Design Authority Directorate. This then led to a return to the Air Environment where he became the Financial Planning manager for the Equipment Support Programme within the Defence Logistics Organisations. Having heard the plaintiff cries of IT once again, he returned to the world of Logistics Information Systems. Initially as the Business and Transformation Manager within the Logistics Applications Project Team and after successfully completing the MOD Assessment Centre he became the Assistant Head of the newly created Logistics Networked Enabled Capability (Log NEC) Team. Having navigated the team through Main Gate approval for the Future Logistics Information Services (FLIS) partnership, he was promoted to Deputy Head of Log NEC with responsibility for Programme and Performance Management. Having commuted between Somerset and Abbey Wood for several years, he seized on the opportunity to become the Deputy Team Leader for the Networks Delivery Team within the Information Systems and Services (ISS) organisation. In 2017 he became the acting Team Leader on temporary promotion to the Senior Civil Service and was subsequently appointed as the SKYNET 6 Acquisition Programme Manager in August In January 2019, the MOD decided to join together the SKYNET 5 In-Service Delivery Programme and the SKYNET 6 Acquisition Programme to create a unified SATCOM Programme within ISS, which he now leads. In his spare time, he likes to read history, travel and avoid anything too strenuous. In addition, he continues to wonder whether the Civil Service will provide a meaningful and long term career.

Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli

Chairperson, UK Chapter, Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)
Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli

Betty is the chair of the UK chapter of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) and a founding member of WOMENVAI. She holds two Master of Science degrees in Aeronautical and Space Engineering, and a Master of Business Administration. A Fellow and Chartered engineer, Betty is a recipient of a British MBE for her activities in STEM and diversity.

Betty is the CEO and founder of B Corp and award-winning AB5 Consulting, delivering innovative solutions in satellite, space, telecoms, and energy sectors. Her experience includes the management of complex international projects in the satellite, aerospace, and nuclear sectors.
 

Blake Bullock

Vice President Communication Systems, Northrop Grumman
Blake Bullock

 Blake Bullock is the vice president for the Communication Systems business unit within the Strategic Space Systems division of Northrop 

Grumman Space Systems, a premier provider of space and launch systems serving national security, military, and space customers.
In this role, Bullock leads an organization delivering the future of national security space, combining unmatched mission experience with vast enterprise-wide resources and strategic partnerships across the industry. Her portfolio includes military satellite communications programs, national restricted priority 
programs, and wideband and emerging communications technology. She also spearheads Northop Grumman’s work on the Space Development Agency’s low-Earth orbit Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture.
 
Prior to Bullock’s current position, she served as vice president of National Security Systems within 
Northrop Grumman’s Tactical Space Systems division, providing responsive and scalable solutions across scientific, weather, and national security missions.Bullock served in positions of increasing responsibility across her career with Northrop Grumman involving systems engineering, strategic planning, business development and management in various 
programs including the James Webb Space Telescope and Advanced Mission Programs. She also served as director of Civil Air and Space Mission campaigns for business, and advanced systems development for Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector.
 
Before joining Northrop Grumman, Bullock served in a variety of roles in academia, government and 
private sector including director of corporate development for the University of California, Irvine; science journalist and mass-media fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and a Presidential Management Fellow working for NASA and with the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
 
Bullock holds a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a 
master’s degree in astronomy from Wesleyan University

Brigadier Frederico Casarino

Director of the Institute of Aeronautics and Space, Brazilian Air Force
Brigadier Frederico Casarino

Brigadier Frederico CASARINO graduated from the Brazilian Air Force Academy in 1994.

During his career, he qualified  in several courses, including: Aviation Officers Training Course; Officer Improvement Course and Command and General Staff Course. 
 
In the operational field, it is important to emphasize training in the following courses: Air Tactics Course; Basic Recognition Course; A-1 Aircraft Familiarization Course; Air Armament Planning and Use Course, and others.
He has more than 2,300 flight hours, with more than 2,100 hours in Fighter Aviation, also including experiences as an RA-1 Instructor; Tactical Reconnaissance Instructor; Fighter Squadron Leader and Tactical Reconnaissance; Pack Leader (Mission Commander); International Exercises: TAMBA I – Posadas (Argentina 1997), VENBRA II – Maracay (Venezuela 2001), CEIBO – Mendonza (Argentina 2005) and SALITRE II – Antofagasta (Chile 2009), in addition to CRUZEX I, II, IV and V.
 
Among the main positions held, Brigadier Casarino was Operations Officer of the 3rd/10th Aviation Group; Deputy Commander of Santa Maria Air Base; Commander of the 1st/10th Aviation Group; Commander of the Fortaleza Air Base; Head of the Institutional Management Division of the Preparation Command; Brazilian Air Attaché in Paraguay; Head of the Strategic Plans Section at EMAER.
 
Currently holds the position of Director of the Institute of Aeronautics and Space.
 

Brigadier General Davide Cipelletti

Chief - Space General Office, Italian Defence General Staff
Brigadier General Davide Cipelletti

Brig. Gen. Davide Cipelletti joined the Italian Air Force Academy In 1991. 

 
In 1996, he obtained the military pilot license at the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training School in Sheppard in Texas (USA). In 1996, he was assigned to the 32nd Wing of AMENDOLA where he attended the first operational conversion course on the AM-X aircraft. In 1997 he attained the Combat Readiness Fighter Bomber Attack (FBA) e Tactical Reconnaissance Fighter (TRF) qualifications for the AM-X aircraft and served as fighter-bomber and reconnaissance pilot at the 3rd Wing of VILLAFRANCA and the 51st Wing of ISTRANA, taking part in operational missions over the skies of the former Yugoslavia and Kosovo.
 
In 2000, he was selected to join the Experimental Test Flight Department and was qualified as Experimental Test Pilot in 2002 by the United States Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Base in CALIFORNIA (USA). His main testing programs include the operational certification of the AM[1]X Night Vision Goggles (NVG), the mid-life updates of the Tornado and AM-X aircrafts and the development of the T-346A advanced jet trainer, of which he was Chief Project Pilot and Operational Program Manager. Brig. Gen. CIPELLETTI was also the display pilot of the G-222 and C-130J aircrafts in 2004 and of the AM-X from 2005 to 2008, participating in numerous national and foreign air shows. After having held the positions of Head of Attack Aircraft Section, Flight Safety Officer, Head of Operations Service, Head of Test Service, Head of Operations Office, he took command of the 311st Group of the Experimental Flight Department in the years 2011-2012.
 
In October 2012 he was assigned to the 1st Office of the 3rd Department of the Air Force General Staff, where he was responsible for the aerospace assets planning process, the Libya and Afghanistan Operational Theaters Lessons Learned process, the capacitive evolution of the Joint Precision Strike fleet (JPS) of the Italian Air Force and the genesis of the Integrated Pilot Training System 2020. Over the years 2015-2016, he held the position of Deputy Head of the Space Office, dealing with the reorganization of the national meteorological sector and the development of suborbital flight, in collaboration with the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the National Agency for Civil Aviation (ENAC). From 2012 to 2016, he also held a second assignment under the 4th Department of the Air Force General Staff as Deputy Head of the T-346A Program Office, dealing with the phases of contracting, acquisition and introduction into service of the aircraft. In 2017 Brig. Gen. CIPELLETTI obtained the qualifications of NATO Public Affairs Officer and Crisis Communication specialist, working as Deputy Head of the Public Information Office under the Air Force Chief of Staff and, subsequently, under the Chief of the Italian Joint General Staff.
He took command of the 72nd Wing on July 3rd, 2019. After that, he qualified as Flight Instructor on TH-500B and AB-206 helicopters. Over this period, he was in charge for the implementation of the agreements that the Italian Air Force General Staff stipulated with the Italian Army and the National Fire Brigade Corps, over the joint and inter-agency use of the Helicopter Flying School.
 
He relinquished his post on September 21st, 2021 to take over the command of the Italian Bilateral Support Mission in the Republic of NIGER (MISIN) dealing with the training of the Niger Defense and Security Forces against terrorist threats, the increase of the national footprint in the Sahel area and the redeployment of Italian personnel operating in Mali as part of the Takuba Task Force.
 
In July 2022, he was assigned to the Italian Defense Joint HQ where he took up the post of Chief of the Space General Office from September 5th. 
 

Brigadier General Steven Butow

Director, Space Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit
Brigadier General Steven Butow

 Steve “Bucky” Butow is the Director of the Space Portfolio at the  Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). He joined the team in 2015 as an early plank owner when DIU was known as the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) and helped establish the organization’s operating locations in Silicon Valley, California; Boston, Massachusetts; and Austin, Texas.

In his reserve capacity, Butow is a Brigadier General serving as the Commander of the California Air National Guard where he leads 4,900 Airmen assigned to five wings and a headquarters staff.  Prior to this assignment, he was a Special Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard.
 
Butow is a former Commander of the 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Federal Airfield in California, where his responsibilities included organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining 970 combat-ready forces and $1 billion dollars of special mission aircraft and equipment supporting the U.S. Air Force's combat rescue and personnel recovery missions. He has previously served as the Deputy Director of the Joint Search and Rescue Center for U.S. Central Command in 2005, and as Chief of Personnel Recovery for U.S. Air Forces Central in 2007 supporting Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM.  Prior to joining DIU, Butow was the Vice Chief of the Joint Staff, California Military Department with responsibilities including cybersecurity, incident awareness and innovation. He has more than 3,500 flying hours in T-37, T-38, C-130, HC-130 and MC-130P aircraft. 
 
As a researcher with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, Butow worked on instrument concepts for Mars surface soil analysis at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. He later served as co-principal investigator for a series of airborne science missions for which he was recognized for outstanding achievement and contributions to the Space Science Division in 1999 and received an Ames Honor Award as a member of an Astrobiology Mission Project Team in 2000.
Butow graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Physics & Astronomy and earned a M.S. in Management with specialization in Air and Space Strategic Studies from the University of Maryland. He has also completed executive courses at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and was a member of the National Leadership Preparedness Initiative (NPLI) Cohort 16. Butow is a lifetime member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for academic achievement.
 

Captain (N) Jose Freitas

Head of Space Department, Portuguese General Staff of Armed Forces
Captain (N) Jose Freitas

Captain (N), José Matias de Freitas (male) is a Navy Officer Commander graduated by the Naval Academy as a Weapons and Electronics Engineer. He served on board of various Portuguese navy war ships as a Weapon Engineer Officer (WEO) responsible for the performance and availability of the on-board weapons, sensors, Command Support Information Systems, combat, and communications systems. As Senior Engineer Officer supported the Executive Officer in resources management and information systems administration Ship Domain Administrator for IT. He was head of Weapon Systems Office for the Weapon and Electronic Systems Department at the Portuguese Navy - Technical Navy School and head of Communications and Cypher Department at Naval Communications Centre, being responsible for the transformation process in the naval communications infrastructures and implementation of main data center. After being deputy Director at Portuguese Navy IT and Communications Directorate, he was appointed as head of Planning and Programing Division, at the Portuguese MoD Directorate-General of National Defence Resources, since 2015 where he has been responsible for the coordination, monitoring and execution of Military Programming Law in the Armed Forces among other responsibilities, which includes the coordination of the implementing process of the Portuguese SST capability. Member of the EU-SST Steering Committee and PMO. He is the MoD representative at international forum, within UE, EDA, and NATO for the Space Domain (SATCOM, SST/SSA)

Captain (RN) Phil Coope

Deputy Head Space , UK Strategic Command
Captain (RN) Phil Coope

Phil joined the Royal Navy in 1993 having graduated from the University of Liverpool in Electronics and Communication Engineering. Twenty-eight years later he was delighted to accept the role of Deputy Head Space at UK Strategic Command, leading the Capability Development of Satellite Communications (SATCOM) and Position Navigation and Time. This is his second assignment in the Space Sector having previously worked as and Capability Manager for SATCOM and Programme Manager for Skynet 6.

Phil has been engaged in numerous major projects, notably delivery and acceptance of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH Aircraft Carrier. He has also described the then future Royal Navy short-range air defence missile and radar systems, generated lifing policy for Defence ordnance, munition and explosives and contributed to the education of junior Royal Navy Officers at the Joint Services Command and Staff College.
 
Phil has served on T21, T22 and T23 class of Frigates and conducted UK and multinational operations in the North Atlantic, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf. He also served in Hong Kong for territorial integrity and anti-smuggling operations and conducted media operations in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
 

Charlotte Gerhart

Director, Acquisition Delta - Tactical SATCOM, Space Systems Command, USSF
Charlotte Gerhart

Ms. Charlotte Gerhart is the Chief, Tactical SATCOM Acquisition Delta, Military Communications and Position, Navigation, and Timing (MilComm & PNT) Directorate, Space Systems Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base (LAAFB), CA. She is responsible for the acquisition, production, and fielding of tactical satellite communications capabilities for the Nation’s warfighters.

In 1998, Ms. Gerhart joined the civil service supporting the US Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate. In this assignment she was responsible for managing the development and demonstration of space system technologies including thermal systems, structural systems, vibro-acoustic suppression, and laser communications systems.
 
In 2009, Ms. Gerhart moved to be the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) program as the manager of the WGS 7-10 program (also known as WGS Block II Follow-on), and later served as the Deputy Program Manager for the WGS program.  From 2013 through 2018 she served as the WGS Program Manager delivering four satellites into operations, with two more in work.
 
In 2022, Ms. Gerhart transitioned to the newly formed MilComm & PNT Directorate and assumed leadership of the Tactical SATCOM Acquisition Delta.  She has responsibility for the production and fielding of WGS 11+, the rapid acquisition and fielding of Protected Tactical SATCOM (PTS) Rapid Prototype payloads, Protected Tactical Enterprise Service (PTES) Rapid Prototype, Army & Air Force Anti-jam Modem (A3M), Air Force Wideband Enterprise Terminal (AFWET), and Enterprise Management and Control (EM&C).
 

Chris Moore

VP Defence & Security, Government Relations, Eutelsat Oneweb
Chris Moore

 Chris is OneWeb’s Vice President for International Government and Trade Engagement and Chief Information Security Officer.  He retired from the Royal Air Force as a 2* Air Vice-Marshal in 2021, after serving in the British military for over 30 years. He has been involved with most major military campaigns over his career, including deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and the Broader Middle East and has enjoyed an incredibly diverse career spanning satellite operations, special projects, supporting the Hercules C130 and Chinook CH47 Forces, the Directorate of Special Forces and capability procurement in the Ministry of Defence.  He has also had the rare privilege of commanding military forces at every rank up to and including 2 Star.  In recent years he was the Commanding Officer of 90 Signals Unit, the RAF’s de-facto Chief Information Officer/Force Commander and Head of UK Defence’s global IT, network and defensive cyber operations.  In his last role he was Director Operations for the Defence Digital Operations HQ, where he was responsible for the operational planning, execution and multi-domain integration of MOD’s £3Bn pa core networks, defensive cyber, electro-magnetic spectrum and satellite operations globally. He also managed Defence’s cryptographic services and other more discrete capabilities. He is also a graduate of Defence’s Advanced and Higher Command and Staff Courses and was appointed CBE in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Outside of work he was a prominent Rugby Union player, having represented England at various junior levels, a professional player for Bristol in the 1990s and represented the RAF and Combined Services on many occasions. He has retired from playing rugby on multiple occasions, loves to experience life at the more adventurous end of the spectrum and has an unrivalled appreciation of Guinness!

Christopher Johnson

Space Law Advisor, Secure World Foundation
Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson is the Space Law Advisor at the Secure World Foundation, and a Professor of Law (Adjunct) at the Georgetown University Law Center where he co-teaches the Space Law Seminar. He is also a Faculty Member at the International Space University and a Member of the International Institute of Space Law. Mr. Johnson has written widely on space law and policy issues, and represents the Secure World Foundation at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). 

 
Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor's of Art degree from Michigan State University, a Juris Doctor from New York Law School, and an Advanced Masters in Law in Air and Space Law from Leiden University’s International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL). He also has professional certificates from New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, the European Centre for Space Law, the Hague Academy of International Law, and the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL). 
 
Mr. Johnson is also a Core Expert and Rule Drafter in the MILAMOS project, an observer at the Hague International Space Resources Governance Working Group, a Field Editor at the Journal of Space Safety Engineering, on the Board of Editors of the journal Air and Space Law, on the Academic Review Board of the Cambridge International Law Journal, and serves on the US Board of Directors of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC).
 

Colonel (Ret'd) Jennifer Krolikowski

Former Chief Information Officer - Space Systems Command, CEO, Plan Z
Colonel (Ret'd) Jennifer Krolikowski

Colonel (ret) Jennifer Krolikowski most recently served as the Chief Information Officer for Space Systems Command, the acquisition arm of the United States Space Force.  In her first assignment, she served as a project engineer in the Manufacturing Technology Directorate at Wright Labs.  After receiving a Master’s in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Jennifer was assigned to the 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron and accumulated 50+ flying hours in the B-52.  She moved to the GPS Joint Program Office where duties included Executive Officer; Branch Chief, GPS III Acquisitions; and Air Force Program Executive Office’s GPS Staff Director.  Col Krolikowski taught at the National Security Space Institute and became their Deputy Director for Mission Support.  At HQ Air Force Space Command, she served as Chief, Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Requirements.  After graduating Air Command and Staff College, Jen consecutively worked as the Tactical Data Network Program Element Monitor; Deputy, Command and Control Division; and Chief, Executive Action Group under the Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisitions.  She commanded as Materiel Leader of an ACAT I program, Base IT Infrastructure.  Upon graduating Air War College with her third Master’s degree, Col Krolikowski became Branch Chief, Integrated Air and Missile Defense Global Requirements on Joint Staff.  She then promoted to Military Assistant for DASD/Space, Strategic, and Intelligence Systems, Office of the Secretary of Defense.  She commanded as Senior Materiel Leader for Space C2, establishing the USSF’s premier software factory, Kobayashi Maru.

Colonel (Ret'd) Krzysztof Cybulski

Senior SATCOM Specialist, Polish Ministry of National Defense
Colonel (Ret'd) Krzysztof Cybulski
  • Over 32 years working experience in different military units, mainly CIS area of expertise
  • Graduated from High Military Communications School Zegrze, University of Szczecin and National Defence Univeristy in Warsaw
  • Deputy Commander, NCSA Sector Brunssum, The Netherlands
  • CJ6 Chief, ISAF HQ, Kabul Afghanistan
  • General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, J6 Directorate
  • Head of TDL & NAVSTAR GPS Office
  • Past member of the PT CIS and PT NEC (EDA)
  • Leading and managing CIS/SATCOM projects within the PAF  
  • Vice Chairman PAMG GOVSATCOM Pooling & Sharing Demo (EDA)
  • Member of PT SATCOM (EDA), EU SATCOM Market Project  (EDA), NATO SATCOM CaT
 

Colonel Clifford White

Director Space Services, Australian Defence Space Command
Colonel Clifford White

 COL White is a senior satellite engineer serving with the Australian Military for over 20 years and Commercial Satellite Industry. He has deployed on several operations and recently returned with the last Australian contingent in Afghanistan. COL White recently joined the newly formed Defence Space Command being selected to lead the Australian Defence Force SATCOM capabilities.

COL White is a soldier at heart and understands the war fighter. His passion is to reshape the Australia Defence Force with the most modern telecommunications systems to increases the already effective Australian war fighter. He has successfully delivered several major telecommunications projects including Joint Project 2072 2B, ahead of schedule and budget delivering a fully integrated software defined network for the tactical environment. He has also delivered Australia’s first satellite on move capability integrated with the Bushmaster PMV.  

Colonel David Pheasant

Commander, Space Delta 8, USSF
Colonel David Pheasant

Col. David A. Pheasant is the commander of Space Delta 8. DEL 8 is mission-focused encompassing Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) and Satellite Communications (SATCOM).

 
Col Pheasant, an inter-service tranfer to US Space Force from the Army, enlisted in the Army Signal Corps as a computer programmer/systems analyst before entering ROTC where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Texas as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Signal Corps with a branch detail to the Infantry. Additionally, he maintains several commercial IT certifications to include CISSP, CISM, CEH, SEC+, and ITIL.
 
Prior to his current assignment, Col Pheasant was the commander of the 53d Signal Battalion (SATCON) and the acting commander of the Satellite Operations Brigade. Col Pheasant was initial cadre in the first Stryker Brigade (3/2 ID) serving consecutively as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Battalion S6, Signal Company Commander, and Battalion Executive Officer; during which he deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After attending Advanced Civil Schooling, he served as the Brigade S6 for 3/1 CAV as they closed out Operation New Dawn in Iraq.
 
Col Pheasant’s recent assignments include serving as the Deputy Army Capability Manager for Cyber at the Cyber Center of Excellence where he developed offensive and defensive cyber capabilities for the Army and Joint forces. Additionally, he previously served as the Chief of Defensive Cyber Operations for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
 

Colonel Pat Beath

Strategic J6, New Zealand Defence Force | Te Ope Katua o Aotearoa
Colonel Pat Beath

Colonel Patrick (Pat) Beath was born in Singapore, enlisting in the New Zealand Army in July 1991 as an Officer Cadet. After graduating he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals (RNZSigs).

Colonel Beath is the Strategic J6 within Headquarters, New Zealand Defence Force. He has undertaken a number of deployments, command, and staff appointments, including:

  • Factions Liaison Team Leader with the Royal Marines supporting 1st (UK) Armoured Division, Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • J62, Joint Forces New Zealand; ? UN Military Observer in East Timor (UNTAET);
  • UN Team Operations Officer in Sierra Leone (UNOMSIL);
  • Battle Captain in the J2S Branch, 10th Mountain Division for OP ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan;
  • GSO2 Electronic Warfare, Army General Staff;
  • Military Support Officer, All Source/Fusion Cell, OP WATEA Afghanistan;
  • Deputy Commander, Combined Task Force 635, Solomon Islands;
  • J57, Joint Forces New Zealand
  • C4 Capability Manager, Capability Branch;
  • Commanding Officer, 1st New Zealand Signal Regiment, 1 (NZ) Brigade;
  • Deputy Director, ICT Operations, CIS Branch, HQNZDF;
  •  Army G6/Director CIS (Land);
  • Director Operations (Networks and Cyber); and
  • International Fellow, National Defense University, Washington DC. 

Colonel Simon Kim

Principal of Aerospace School, Education & Training Command, Republic of Korea Air Force
Colonel Simon Kim

 Educational Experience

  • 1996~2000 : B.A. ROK Air Force Academy(Physics)
  • 2010~2012 : M.A. Yonsei University(Electronic Engineering)
  • 2017~2020 : PhD. University of Science and Technology (Space Science)

Research Experience

  • - 2014~2015 : Researcher in Space Policy Institute, George Washington University
  • 2018~2019 : Researcher in Space Environment Research Centre, Canberra, Australia
 
Experience(Military Careers)
 
  • 2015~2016 : Planning officer, Space Development Branch, ROK AF
  • 2016~2017 : Space Strategy Officer, Space Development Branch, ROK AF
  • 2021~2022 : Space Strategy, System Development Officer, Military Space Branch, ROK JC

Confirmed Representative

, TechUK
Confirmed Representative

Confirmed Representative

, UK Space Command
Confirmed Representative

Cordell DeLaPena

Program Executive Officer PEO for Military Communications MilComm & Positioning, Navigation, and Timing PNT, Space Systems Command, USSF
Cordell DeLaPena

 Mr. Cordell DeLaPena is the Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Military Communications (MilComm) & Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT), Space Systems Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. As the PEO, he manages and oversees development, production, delivery, and maintenance of critical and innovative Communications and PNT systems worth more than $22.3 billion. He is responsible for multiservice, multinational systems, as well as the training and equipping of more than 1800 military and civilian personnel.

 
Mr. DeLaPena entered the Air Force in 1985 after receiving his commission through Officer Training School.  From 1985 to 2014 he has served in a variety of acquisition and leadership positions within the Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office.  In 2014, he retired from active duty in the rank of Colonel and entered civil service as a member of the Senior Executive Service.  As the director of the Program Management and Integration Directorate he advised the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space on weapon system management, acquisition, integration and analysis.       
 
Mr. DeLaPena is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College’s Executive Program Manager Course. He is a designated member of the Defense Acquisition Workforce and is certified Level III in Program Management and Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering.
 

CWO5 Rilin Desamours

Space and Propagation Engineering Officer, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, G-6
CWO5 Rilin Desamours

CWO5 Rilin “Phil” Desamours, a native of Nyack, New York, graduated from Miami Edison Senior high school, June 2001. Enlisted July 2001, and was assigned a primary Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) of Field Radio Operator. Subsequently attained multiple follow-on MOS, Multi-Channel Radio Operator, SATCOM, Advanced Extremely High Frequency Systems Operator and Forward Observer. He was appointed to Warrant Officer February 2011, and commissioned in August 2012. He is a graduate of Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School and Command and Staff College. He possesses a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management from UMUC, an MBA from New England and Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering Management from the Naval Post Graduate School Monterey CA. 

 

His service in the operating forces includes: Field Radio Operator, Wideband SATCOM Operator, Forward Observer within several echelons within both II MEF and I MEF. Deployed to OIF I & II with the II MEF Ground Commend Element (GCE). Multiple MEU deployments with I MEF. Platoon Commander, Tactical Communications Planning and Engineering Officer, Operations Officer, Space Operations Planner within multiple levels of III MEF, in the Pacific.  His service outside the operating forces includes Reequipments Manager with Combat Development and Integration (CD&I), HQMC, and Project Officer with Marine Corps Systems Command.  
 
CWO5 personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy, and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with two gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. 
 

Cy Keogh

Senior Advisor - Business Transformation, Manufacturing Technology Centre
Cy Keogh

 Cy, has been designing and delivering Supply Chain programmes since 2008, for major firms in the Middle East whilst he was a visiting lecturer for an International College in Abu Dhabi. He was the owner manager of a tier 2 automotive components supplier and has 30 years’ industrial experience designing and delivering value-driven supplier improvement programmes. He was instrumental in developing the MTC’s Supplier Capability & Resilience Assessment (SCRA) tool, which has been used in 200 UK companies, in the Rail, Aerospace, Digital, & Space sectors. He is a regular panelist and speaker at conferences on space supply chains. Current supply chain assignments include Space-based Solar Power, Cybersecurity, Clean Energy Shipbuilding, Rail and Aerospace Defence.  He has published work on supply chain readiness, space supply chains, and entrepreneurship.

Daniel Gizinski

Chief Strategy Officer, COMTECH
Daniel Gizinski

Daniel Gizinski was named Chief Strategy Officer in December 2022. Previously he held various senior management positions at Comtech, including President of Comtech Satellite Networks Technologies, Inc. and Vice President of Product and Strategy for Comtech Systems Inc. Prior to joining Comtech in 2019, Daniel held program management and leadership roles at General Electric, Sierra Nevada Corporation, and L3Harris Technologies. Daniel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from Duke University.

Dave Brunnenmeyer

Director, LinQuest MSEIT, Space Systems Command SE&I
Dave Brunnenmeyer

David Chinn

President-Elect, Royal Aeronautical Society
David Chinn

David Chinn is a career civil servant in the MoD who started his professional life working on experimental ejection seats at RAE Farnborough, after studying Engineering at Durham University.

He has had various postings in the UK and overseas, amongst other things working on Tornado, Typhoon and F-35. He is currently the MoD FCAS Technology Programme Manager. He has worked in NATO and EU agencies and completed advanced NATO and French military staff courses.

He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the RAeS, a Fellow of the IET and a member of the British Interplanetary Society, as well as a member, of the Association for Project Management. He has been active in the Society for many years and has helped establish and run several branches as well as supporting Specialist Groups. He has previously been a Trustee of the Society, a Trustee of the Confederation of European Aerospace Societies and has been a member of the Council for several years.

He is an active power and glider pilot.

David Dean

Chief Engineer, DSTL
David Dean

I am a Chief Systems Engineer with over 37 years of experience in the Defence and Security Environment, which has included MOD PE, DERA and QinetiQ.

I joined Dstl in 2004 and I have been an Operational Analyst, systems engineer and consultant. I was the Theme Advisor for Combat Identification and currently work in the Cyber and Information Systems Division as the Principal Advisor for MilSatCom within the Dstl Space Programme.

My current role includes leading national and international research activities, and providing support to the UK Skynet 6 programme and Space Command.

My main areas of interest include Space Hybrid Networks, future MilSatCom bearers, secure waveforms and space platform protection, and space industrial policy.

I was born in Romford, Essex; have degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Systems Engineering and am a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

 

David Phillips

VP, Head of UK National Programmes, Telecom and Navigation Systems, Airbus Defence and Space
David Phillips

 David is an experienced executive with over 25 years working in the defence and space sectors. He is currently UK Head of Telecom and Navigation Satellites Programmes at Airbus, and a member of the Telecom Satellites Business Management Board. David is responsible for business development and business delivery in the UK, including the team leading design and delivery of the space segment for the latest UK milsatcom programme.

 
During his career with Airbus, David has been in charge of a range of trans-national business areas including Commercial Telecom Payloads, Digital and RF Electronics Products, and the Space Antenna Centre of Competence, leading teams of up to 400 engineering, supply chain and manufacturing staff. He has also worked in business development, including a period in the headquarters sales team based in Toulouse. David has delivered complex satellites, systems and products to major commercial satellite operators worldwide (Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, Eutelsat, Telesat, Echostar, DirecTV…) and has played a key role in the delivery of more than 30 geostationary satellites and the development of innovative satellite technology. Prior to joining Airbus, David worked in Naval Systems Research with the UK MoD.
 
David holds a degree in Physics, a Masters in Microwave Engineering, an MBA, and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. 
 
 

Deanna Ryals

Director, International Affairs, Space Systems Command, USSF
Deanna Ryals

Ms. Deanna L. Ryals is the Director, International Affairs, Space Systems Command, Los Angeles AFB, CA. In this role, she is responsible for driving innovative partnerships with Allies, InterAgencies, and Industry to build a joint robust and resilient military space enterprise that is “Allied by Design”. Ms. Ryals is the USSF lead in developing and executing space FMS and shapes the use of armaments cooperation to set the conditions for an allied inclusive space architecture in accordance with Department and Service strategic guidance.

Ms. Ryals entered federal government service in 1988, and for more than 25 years, she supported the DoD in both civil service and industry in financial management and acquisition. In 2000, Ms. Ryals moved to the Secretary of the Air Force staff in the Space Acquisition Directorate and managed a MILSATCOM terminal portfolio worth $10B, then took over as the single SAF/AQS focal point for international activities. In 2012, Ms. Ryals moved to the Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space Launch (AFPEO/SL) as the PM for Acquisition Strategy development and secured DoD Acquisition Executive approval of a new acquisition strategy for future DoD NSS launches that introduced a competitive environment for all certified U.S. launch service providers. Ms. Ryals rejoined MILSATCOM in January 2013 with her transition to Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). After being named SMC’s Chief Partnership Officer in 2018, Ms. Ryals ascended to her current role as Director, Int’l Affairs with the stand up of Space Systems Command in August of 2021.

Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney

Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute USAF
Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney

Dr. Brendan Mulvaney is currently the Director of the China Aerospace Studies Institute at National Defense University. He was a Marine for a quarter of a century, where he flew more than 2000 hours as an AH-1W Cobra pilot, and was an Olmsted Scholar in Shanghai, China.  

He enlisted in 1991 and was commissioned in 1993 after graduating from UC San Diego. He earned his Master’s in Leadership from the University of San Diego in 2002, and was selected as one of three Marine Olmsted Scholars for 2003. He studied at Fudan University in Shanghai, China from 2003-2005 where he earned his Ph.D. in International Relations.
 
He served several tours in California, Iraq, Japan, and the Western Pacific. He served as the first Director of the Commandant’s Red Team, and supervised the implementation of Red Teaming in the Marine Corps. In 2013 he transferred to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was the Associate Chair for the Languages and Cultures Department, and taught Mandarin Chinese, Chinese culture, and cross-cultural literacy.
 

Dr Chiara Palla

Co-lead, Women in Aerospace UK
Dr Chiara Palla

Dr Chiara Palla has been working as Project Manager at MDA UK since February 2020. She currently manages multiple projects focusing on the design and development of space sensors for exploration and on-orbit servicing missions, space-based communication technology and photonics payload. Her day-to-day job involves interactions with diverse teams, international space agencies, commercial customers and suppliers to ensure the programs are timely delivered.

Chiara also gained a Management and Leadership apprenticeship from CMI (Chartered Management Institute), while working at MDA.
 
She is co-lead for the non-profit organization WIA-Europe UK, which is committed to promoting female talent and leadership across all levels of the European aerospace sector. 
 
Previously (2017-2020) she worked at the Space Magnetometer Laboratory of Space Physics group at Imperial College London as Space instrument engineer for Magnetometer payload on ESA RadCube Cubesat, Lagrange (now known as Vigil) and JUICE missions.
 
She holds a PhD from Cranfield University (2017) specialising in Space Debris Mitigation technologies for de-orbiting, during her doctorate she took part to ESEO (ESA Students Earth Orbiter) satellite as well as to the ESA Cleansat study. During the PhD, she also worked as part time President for the Cranfield University Student Association.
 
Her background is in Aerospace engineering and holds a MSc and a BSc from University of Padova in Italy.
 
Aside from the Space sector, Chiara is a qualified Ski Instructor with BASI.
 

Dr James Blake

Research Fellow, Centre for Space Domain Awareness
Dr James Blake

Dr James Blake is a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick’s Centre for Space Domain Awareness. His research focuses on the use of optical telescopes to detect and characterise orbital debris. James has led several international efforts to probe the faint debris population at geosynchronous altitudes, in collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, making use of large aperture telescopes across the globe, including the Isaac Newton Telescope in La Palma, the SkyMapper Telescope in Australia, and JAXA facilities in Japan. His other interests include the optimisation of sensor architectures for space domain awareness activities and the application of event-based sensing to space surveillance and tracking.

 
Since its foundation in 2019, James has served as Secretary for the Global Network On Sustainability In Space, through which he has helped to organise a wide range of workshops and conferences addressing key problems relating to the sustainable use of space. James is passionate about outreach and has led numerous engagement activities with local widening participation schools to raise awareness about space sustainability.
 

Dr Joanna Hart

Director, Space Partnership
Dr Joanna Hart

Joanna thrives on bringing people together to address complex challenges and deliver change. The Space Partnership equally represents industry, academia and government, enabling shared priorities to identified and collective action agreed so that the ambition contained within the National Space Strategy. Director is delivered. Joanna started in the role in March 2023 after nine years working across the space and innovation ecosystems, first at the Satellite Applications Catapult and then at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC, part of UK Research and Innovation). 

As the Harwell Space Cluster Development Manager, Joanna worked with stakeholders to grow the Cluster from 80 organisations to over 100 today that collectively employ over 1,400 people (up from 800 in December 2017). As STFC’s Skills Factory Director, Joanna led the development of STFC’s Skills Factory proposal to address national technical skills shortages, resulting in a doubling of the STFC apprenticeship scheme. 
 
With a first career in investment banking at UBS and Credit Suisse, a PhD in particle physics, Joanna has a strong financial and scientific background.
 

Dr Junayd Miah

Science Adviser, UK Space Command
Dr Junayd Miah

Dr Junayd Miah is a widely recognised UK space subject matter expert, having led the development and delivery of several critical space and ground segment capabilities for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). This includes leading the development of a £145 million, game-changing space programme for space-based Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), demonstrating the UK government operating satellites for the first time in over 17 years, and helping deliver two satellite missions for R&D purposes, CIRCE and Prometheus-2 respectively. He currently serves as Science Adviser for UK Space Command to direct investment towards beneficial technologies for future space operations.

Dr Mamatha Maheshwarappa

Co-Chair, Women in Aerospace UK
Dr Mamatha Maheshwarappa

 Dr Mamatha Maheshwarappa is Payload Systems Lead at the UK Space Agency (UKSA). She provides technical leadership on various UKSA programmes and projects, by offering technical oversight/assurance. Also, the technical lead on UKSA’s initiative on Space Based Solar Power (SBSP). Before this, she was the technical lead on SPEQTRE (Space Photon Entanglement Quantum Technology Readiness Experiment) satellite project and has worked on ESA's Sentinel 4 & 5 test campaigns at RAL Space. Mamatha has worked on transceivers for ExoMars and Lunar Polar Sample Return projects while at QinetiQ. She has a PhD in Software Defined Radios for Multi-Satellite Communications from the University of Surrey, UK. She was the technical lead for STUDSAT-1, India’s first pico-satellite, launched by Indian Space Research Organisation, listed in the Limca Book of Records. Mamatha is the co-chair of the Women in Aerospace UK committee representing UKSA.  

Dr Omid Sotoudeh

CEO, ReQuTech AB
Dr Omid Sotoudeh

Dr. Sotoudeh received his PhD from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg within satellite antenna design in 2005 and worked as research engineer, tech lead and engineering manager at Sony Ericsson, Rockwell Collins and Saab Dynamics. In 2009 he started the company ReQuTech which develops the latest within satcom and radar antenna systems. Sotoudeh has several patents within the antenna design and characterization and measurement field. Dr. Sotoudeh has been the supervisor for several PhD students and Master Thesis students and reviewer of IEEE transactions on antennas and propagation.

Dr Rajeev Gopal

Vice President Advanced Systems, Hughes Network Systems
Dr Rajeev Gopal

Dr. Gopal is Vice President, Advanced Systems and is responsible for resilient communications, LEO, 5G, HTS, AI/ML and cyber areas within Hughes Defense.  He was on the system design team of the OneWeb LEO broadband network using 4G/5G and IP network technologies. He earlier served as Network System Engineering lead for Transformational Satellite (TSAT) space segment (with onboard layer 3 packet processing) and was a lead architect for SPACEWAY® 3 (with onboard L2 processing) system, and worked on Mobile Satellite systems (Thuraya, ICO, LEO Teledesic) development teams. He was the chief architect and software manager for the SPACEWAY, a $1.8B development, Network Operations Control Center.

Dr. Gopal serves on the editorial board of Wiley’s  International Journal of Satellite Communications and Networking (IJSCN) and is member of IEEE 5G World Forum, AIAA  Communication Systems Technical Committee, and AIAA ICSSC technical program committee.  He was a member of the FCC Cyber Security working group in 2010-2011. He contributed for the DHS National Communications Sector Risk assessment report in 2011-2012. As a member of the US President’s NSTAC Satellite Task Force 2009, he co-authored the report on commercial satellite communications and cyber security. He has served on program committees including IEEE Globecom SAC, SPIE, and IEEE SIMA and has been on SIA, AIAA/ICSSC, MILCOM, Global VSAT Forum, and National Institutes of Health (NIH) panels. Earlier, he architected drug screening and laboratory automation systems for NIH with IP networking, interactive distributed computing, and robotics technologies and founded a bioinformatics company.

 

Dr. Gopal has published more than 40 technical papers on topics ranging from space, 5G, software, AI/ML, network management, and life sciences, and holds 11 patents on satellite/communications systems.

Dr Robert Massey

Deputy Executive Director, Royal Astronomical Society
Dr Robert Massey

Dr Robert Massey is Deputy Executive Director of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Robert began his career in astronomy at the Universities of Leicester and Manchester, completed his PhD studying the Orion Nebula, worked as a teacher in Brighton, and spent eight years at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, where he developed an unbridled passion for bringing astronomy and space science to the wider public. These days he looks after the outward facing work of the Royal Astronomical Society, including being a standing guest on the number one Supermassive podcast, and enjoys the darker night skies of his new family home in Sussex.
 

Dr. Natasha Nicholson

Former Cluster Manager, Space Scotland and Director, Star Helix Ltd.
Dr. Natasha Nicholson

Natasha is the founding director and lead consultant of Star Helix Ltd. She has a PhD in Astrobiology from the University of Edinburgh, where she worked on an ESA mission for the International Space Station, looking at biofilm formation and biomining in altered gravity environments, specifically for In-Situ Resource Utilisation. During this time she worked with different European universities, lead a research mission on a parabolic flight campaign, and designed outreach activities that were delivered to schools across the UK, including a short film of astronaut Tim Peake aboard the ISS, reading a speech written by Natasha.

She has a BA(hons) in Literature where she compared Indian and African literature during and after colonisation, and an MSc in Environmental Science and Conservation, looking at tardigrade resistance to heavy metals. Her professional career has taken the learnings from her multidisciplinary experience and applied them to working across industry, academia and government agencies, and linking the Space, Health, Energy, Robotics, Sustainable Manufacturing, Photonics, FinTech, AgriTech, and Biotechnology technology sectors.

She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Commerce, and Manufacturings.

Eric Brown

Vice President, Mission Strategy & Advanced Capabilities for Communications, PNT & Space Security, Lockheed Martin
Eric Brown

Eric Brown is the Vice President of Advanced Program Development for Lockheed Martin’s Military Space business, working with the U.S. Government and its allies to develop space solutions with a particular focus on the following mission areas: missile warning and defense; military satellite communications (MILSATCOM); position, navigation, timing (PNT); space control; space domain awareness; and tactical integration. Mr. Brown leads Lockheed Martin’s developmental efforts from architectural design through research & development and ultimately defining operational warfighting capabilities. He oversees the coordination of company’s investments in future capabilities with those of teammates in industry, academia, research labs, and the U.S. Government to establish new architectures responsive to emerging threats to space and missions. Based on the criticality of space to today’s global security, Mr. Brown coordinates the space enablement across Lockheed Martin’s complete portfolio, which includes fighter aircraft, missiles and mission systems, to provide warfighters the tools needed to sustain US and allied operational advantage.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin Space, Mr. Brown led PwC Strategy &’s global space 
community of practice, providing strategic consultation on topics of competitive positioning, new technology introduction, and inorganic strategy to executives across aerospace, defense, space, industrial, and technology sectors. Previously, he supported various agencies across the intelligence and defense communities in the development of mission and organizational strategies and concepts of operations to respond to evolving threats and critical national requirements. 
 
Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College, a Master of Arts in National Security 
Policy from Georgetown University, and a Master of Business Administration from Duke 
University’s Fuqua School of Business. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Astrotech Space Operations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin.

Esteban Menargues

Senior RF/Antenna systems engineer, SWISSto12 SA
Esteban Menargues

Esteban Menargues (born in 1986, in Alicant, Spain) joined SWISSto12 in 2015 to develop RF components and Antennas using Additive Manufacturing. He currently leads the development of products for Space Satcom, Ground Satcom or Surveillance applications.

Flight Lieutenant Adam Weaver

SO3 Air Platforms , Defence Digital
Flight Lieutenant Adam Weaver

 Flt Lt Adam Weaver has been in the RAF for 10 years. Prior to commissioning he was a Trade Group 4 Cyberspace Technician, working at RAF Brize Norton within Mission Support Team and A400M Ground Support Systems. Upon completion of Officer and Phase 2 training in 2020, he was posted back to RAF Brize Norton as Officer Commanding Information System Flight, taking command of 45 military and civilian pers. 

 
In 2022, he was posted to MOD Corsham as SO3 Air Platforms where his main responsibilities include ensuring SATCOM provision for existing Air Platforms, as well as driving new requirements for upcoming Air Platforms such as Protector and E7 Wedgetail.
 

Freya de Santis

Space Capability International Partnering Lead, UK Strategic Command
Freya de Santis

Freya began her career as a Civil Engineer in North London but subsequently transferred to Defence Intelligence. She joined the National Centre for Geospatial Intelligence as an Imagery Analyst graduating from the Defence Imagery Intelligence Course. She was fortunate to spend the majority of her time in the Critical National Infrastructure mission team, where she was able to put her expertise into practise, most notably on support to several Non-combatant Evacuation Operations as well as CSG21 and OP SCORPIOUS.


She was promoted into Intelligence Support to Targeting Effects as a Target Systems Analyst. In her role she was responsible for the production of Target Development Nominations across a range of thematic areas. She began 2023 by supporting the UK targeting enterprise capability development, assisting in the designing and delivery of a UK sovereign Target Systems Analysis course.


In her current role Freya is the International Partnering Lead for UK Strategic Command Space Capability Planning Group. She manages the International Portfolio by developing bi-lateral and multilateral agreements, as well as engaging with a range of partners and allies to drive forward the UK’s international by design principles in SATCOM and PNT.
 

Group Captain John Hetherington

Deputy Head Space Enablement, UK Space Command
Group Captain John Hetherington

Group Captain Hetherington completed his first tour as Officer Commanding General Duties Flight at RAF Wittering in 1999. He then took up a position as a Flight Commander on Recruit Training Squadron at RAF Halton. Subsequent tours as a junior officer included: Officer Commanding Works Services Flight at RAF Lyneham, followed by a staff tour as the military representative on the MOD Estates London project and at RAF Northolt as Officer Commanding Personnel Services Flight. He followed this with a tour at HQ Air Command in Air Personnel Casework before a short stint staffing Employment Tribunals for the RAF.


Hetherington was promoted to Squadron Leader in March 2010. Tours as a sqn ldr included Station Plans Officer at RAF Northolt, Officer Commanding Personnel Management Squadron at RAF Wittering and Chief of Staff to ACOS Personnel Policy at HQ Air Command.


In 2016 he was promoted to wing commander; he completed Advanced Command and Staff training in 2017 before being posted to MOD Main Building as SO1 Infrastructure Capability Plans. This role involved supporting Ministerial announcements in Parliament, briefing, and supporting Minister Defence People, Veterans and as the sole military staff office on the Defence Estates Optimisation project. He was assigned to be Officer Commander Base Support Wing at RAF Brize Norton in 2019 during which he supported the continued operations of the Air Mobility force during the COVID-19 pandemic and the evacuation of personnel from Afghanistan. Following a short tour as a wing commander in UK Space Command, he was promoted to Group Captain in 2022 and remined at the Command as Deputy Head Space Enablement.


His first operational overseas deployment was on Op RESONATE (SOUTH) in Saudi Arabia in early 2002 as the SO3 J1. In 2003, Hetherington deployed on Op TELIC with 102 Logistic Bd as SO3 Prisoner of War handling. His most recent deployment was in 2014 when he deployed to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan on Op HERRICK as SO2 Contract Support Officer in Joint Force Support.


He is married to Sarah, and they have 3 children: Annabel (1), William (15) and Joseph (10) Hetherington’s interests out of work focus primarily on football and history. He is a Director at the RAF Football Association, and is also a Trustee of St Clement Danes, the Central Church of the Royal Air Force.

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13:00 REGISTRATION & COFFEE
13:50 CHAIR'S OPENING REMARKS
Dr Joanna Hart
Dr Joanna Hart, Director, Space Partnership
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14:00 WHY SPACE – EXPLORING THE LANDSCAPE AND HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
Professor Anu Ojha OBE
Professor Anu Ojha OBE, Director for Engagement, International and Inspiration, UK Space Agency

14:20 HORIZONS WITHOUT LIMITS: EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND UNLIMITED GLOBAL POSSIBILITIES
Dr Mamatha Meheshwarappa
Dr Mamatha Meheshwarappa, Co-lead, Women in Aerospace Europe - UK
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14:40 WHY IS DEFENCE INTEGRAL TO SPACE?
Air Vice-Marshall Paul Godfrey
Air Vice-Marshall Paul Godfrey, Commander, UK Space Command
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15:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: WHAT YOUR DEGREE DOESN'T PREPARE YOU FOR
Dr Joanna Hart
Dr Joanna Hart, Director, Space Partnership
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Dr Chiara Palla
Dr Chiara Palla, Co-lead, Women in Aerospace Europe - UK
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Professor Joanne Wheeler
Professor Joanne Wheeler, Founder, Satellite Finance Network

Miss Holly Whitehouse
Miss Holly Whitehouse, Chair, UKSEDS
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15:20 EXTENDED Q&A: CAREERS BEYOND THE COCKPIT
Group Captain John Hetherington
Group Captain John Hetherington, Deputy Head Space Enablement, UK Space Command
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Kathie Bowden
Kathie Bowden, Skills Manager, Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd
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Mr Joseph Dudley
Mr Joseph Dudley, Director and Co-Founder, Space Skills Alliance
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Ms Nimmi Patel
Ms Nimmi Patel, Head of Skills, Talent, and Diversity, Tech UK
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Mr Peter Trussell
Mr Peter Trussell, Skills for Space Lead, UK Space Agency
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15:50 VISIT TO MAIN CONFERENCE & AFTERNOON COFFEE
16:20 MAKING A SUCCESS OF THE GRADUATE JOB SEARCH

Hermann Ludwig Moeller

Director, European Space Policy Institute
Hermann Ludwig Moeller

 As Director of the European Space Policy Institute, Hermann Ludwig Moeller is leading ESPI as the independent European think-tank for space to provide recommendations, policy options and forward vision to decision makers on issues relevant to Europe’s space activities. Former positions include Head of Strategy, Programme and Transformation at ESA’s Telecommunications and Integrated Applications Directorate. Previously, he held management positions at ESA with the Copernicus Earth Observation Programme of the European Union, as fellow at NASA and as a pioneer of the Internet in Europe.

Holger Krag

Head of the Space Safety, European Space Agency ESA/ESOC
Holger Krag

Holger Krag acquired his master in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Braunschweig, followed by a 4 year research period at the Institute of Aerospace System where he focussed on space debris modelling and surveillance, which also became the topic of his PhD (2003). He is today the Head of the Space Safety Programme in the Directorate of Operations, ESA-ESOC, in Darmstadt, Germany. He joined ESA as an Analysist in the Space Debris Office. He worked on establishing risk models and an operational collision avoidance system and contributed to first space surveillance studies. In 2014, he took the position of the Head of the Space Debris Office, which, among others, provided fundamental support to ESA’s Space Situational Awareness Programme. In 2019, he took over the position as the head of the programme and prepared the evolution into the new Space Safety Programme which was established at the Space19+ Ministerial. His current duties comprise the implementation of the Programme, in close coordination with participating States, managing the resources delegated to the Programme Office, including staff, budgets, industrial contracts and legal agreements in the areas of Space Weather, Space Debris, Planetary Defence, Cleanspace and Frequency Management, and ESA representation on debris matters at relevant international bodies (IADC, UNCOPUOS,…).

Holger Lueschow

Programme Manager Satellite Communication, European Defence Agency
Holger Lueschow

Holly Bertrand

Chief Operating Officer, ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc
Holly Bertrand
Ms. Holly Bertrand is a founder of ExoAnalytic Solutions and serves as Chief Operating Officer and a member of the board of directors. Ms. Bertrand has executive responsibility for internal management of the Corporation, including all aspects of the Corporation’s financial strategies, processes, and operations. She works in partnership with CEO Doug Hendrix to create and implement strategic plans.
 
As a founder of ExoAnalytic Solutions, Ms. Bertrand was instrumental in developing the internal corporate infrastructure needed to drive growth and profitability. She oversees Contracts, Human Resources, Facilities, Finance and Accounting, Security, and Program Management.
Ms. Bertrand earned a B.S. in Physics from Brigham Young University and a M.S. in Physics from Brigham Young University.
 

Holly Whitehouse

Chair, UKSEDS
Holly Whitehouse

Holly is an Aerospace Engineer for the scientific consultancy Fluid Gravity Engineering Ltd, specialising in atmospheric re-entry, spacecraft demise and reusable launch vehicles. Graduating with an MEng in Aeronautical Engineering from Durham University in July 2021, she has since worked on several projects for the European Space Agency. Passionate about helping students find a career in the space industry, Holly has volunteered for UKSEDS since May 2021. Last November she was nominated as a finalist for the BIS Sir Arthur Clarke Education and Outreach Award for her work leading UKSEDS Competitions. She is the current UKSEDS Chair for 2023-24.

Ian Eishen

Director Global Public Sector, Aalyria Technologies Inc
Ian Eishen

 Ian Eishen is the Director of Global Public Sector for Aalyria Technologies, a Presidential Leadership Fellow, andspent 23 years working in the Intelligence and Special Operations communities. He spent the last and three years developing emerging technology, talent management, and innovation strategy for the militaries of the United States, United Kingdom and France and has spent the last five years working with multiple venture capital firms to identify and scale defense-related startups in order to benefit the United States Government and local community. He was a Principle Investigator in a DARPA-led program to use artificial intelligence and wearable technologies to predict the flu and covid-19, 48 hours before symptoms were present, and was an advisor to the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center and Defense Innovation Board.

 
Since 2017, Ian has worked with Hacking4Defense, a DoD-sponsored university course that instructs students to address emerging threats and security challenges in government. His work with Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the University of Virginia has spurred multiple solutions that are now included in programs of record across the U.S. military. Ian is on the Board of Directors for the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum, a non-profit built to inspire, connect, and empower people by delivering tangible solutions to promote a culture of innovation in the U.S. national security community. Ian has also worked on a number of initiatives focused on combating suicidal ideation including a mindfulness smartphone app, a holistic wellness program for military families, and a graphic novel anthology titled “True War Stories” in which veterans learn to address their trauma through storytelling.
 

Jacob Smith

Director, SpaceCareers.uk
Jacob Smith

Jacob is a Director of SpaceCareers.uk, a non-profit organisation supporting students and professionals throughout their careers in the space sector. He is also the founder of SpaceProjects.uk and a former Chair of UKSEDS. Jacob works for the Space Partnership as Space Partnership Lead, following roles at ESA Academy at SSTL.

Jamal Hamid

Lead, Sales/Account Management, L3Harris Technologies
Jamal Hamid

Joanne Oliver

Business Engagement Lead, Satellite Applications Catapult
Joanne Oliver

 As Business Engagement Lead for the Satellite Applications Catapult, Joanne engages with SMEs both inside and outside the UK space sector to understand how the Catapult can best support business innovation and growth in space data and technology. She hosts numerous successful events such as Satuccino and connects businesses together within the UK space ecosystem. Analytical, inquisitive and adventurous; Joanne has a background in business and psychology. Extramurally, she is also working on the redevelopment and commercialisation of SpaceCareers.uk. Always passionate about helping others find their place in the space industry, Joanne is identifying how SpaceCareers.uk can support the sector for decades to come!

Joe Apa

VP of Sales EMEA, Rivada Space Networks
Joe Apa

 Joe Apa has more than 30 years of sales experience in the satellite and maritime industries, and had several management positions both at the Satellite Operator and Satellite Re-seller level. This has included roles as SVP Maritime Sales both with Inmarsat and Speedcast. 

John Anglin

Project Manager, Tactical Network Technical Management Division Lead, PEO C3T, US Army
John Anglin

Mr. John Anglin serves as the Chief Engineer and Techncial Management Division Chief for Project Manger Tactical Network (PM TN), assigned to the Program Executive Office Comand, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T). In this position he is responsible for the system-of-systems modernization, engineering, design, integration, and interoperability of the Army’s tactical network as part of a unified network battlespace. He directly supervises almost a dozen civilian employees and manages over 200 engineering staff from various disciplines. With over 20 years of experience as civilian and as a Soldier in the tactical Army, Mr. Anglin provides expert advice, guidance and assistance to both senior management and stakeholders concerning all aspects of the Army’s Tactical Network

 

John Finney

Founder & CEO, ALL.SPACE
John Finney

 John is a satellite and telecoms industry veteran with over $2 billion in new revenue creation directly attributed to his leadership, he pioneered significant success for start-ups Huawei (founded Huawei in Europe) and O3b (founding employee and Chief Commercial Officer) along with other major leadership roles such as global business unit leader for Alcatel-Lucent. John has been identified as a Top 40 Executive by Global Telecoms Business three years in successi

Jorge Afonso Pereira

Head of CNS and Security Unit, EUROCONTROL
Jorge Afonso Pereira

Jorge Pereira is EUROCONTROL Organisation Official Since June 2002, presently assigned as the Head of Civil-Military Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) and Security Unit within the Civil-Military Cooperation Division (CMC). Before EUROCONTROL, between 1981 and 2002, serving at the Portuguese Air Force (PoAF), 

Jorge Pereira’s military career was mainly devoted to policy, regulatory and technical engineering 
aspects of Communications and Information Systems (CIS), Information Security, Spectrum and Command and Control (C2) systems. 
 
He has a particular interest in emerging performance-based concepts leading to the dual use of avionics equipage for State aircraft, CNS infrastructure rationalisation and technology convergence as well as innovative research to limit the impact of aviation modernisation upon military. 
 
Jorge Pereira is the Chairman of the EUROCONTROL Civil-Military CNS/ATM Interoperability Focus 
Group (CNS FG). 
 
Jorge Pereira holds a Master degree on Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering and studied the use of software-defined technologies for flexible avionics in the context of PhD studies. 

Joseph Dudley

Co-Chair, Space Skills Alliance
Joseph Dudley

Joseph is director of the Space Skills Alliance, a think-tank and consultancy working to address the skills shortages in the space sector. He has more than 10 years' experience working in space education and skills, and has been recognised with several space sector awards and an award from Prime Minister Theresa May.

He is the author of many articles and reports on skills, training, recruitment, and demographics in the UK space sector, as well as the Space Training Catalogue, a directory space training opportunities, and SpaceCRAFT, a space competencies framework. He previously founded SpaceCareers.uk, a leading space jobs website, and chaired UKSEDS, the national student space society.

Katherine Courtney

Chair, Global Network on Sustainability in Space
Katherine Courtney

Katherine is a non-executive director, strategic advisor, and former CEO of the UK Space Agency. She chairs the Global Network on Sustainability in Space – which brings together scientists, industry leaders and policy makers in partnership to tackle the rising challenges of space debris and congestion.

Katherine has over 20 years’ executive experience in business innovation, start-up and expansion in the UK, Europe, and other geographies. Over nearly 15 years as a Senior Civil Servant with the UK government, she developed and implemented high-profile government policy in areas ranging from critical national infrastructure to industrial strategy. She led several landmark technology-enabled transformation programmes and steered five cross-cutting pieces of legislation successfully through Parliament.
 
During her tenure as CEO of the UK Space Agency, Katherine opened the UK market to commercial spaceflight; modernised the UK’s space regulatory frameworks; directed the Agency’s response to major global and domestic events, such as the Brexit referendum; and led €1.4bn investment in collaborative space missions through the European Space Agency.
 
Katherine is also a STEM Ambassador and the Founder of PrimarySpace.org – a charity with the mission to inspire and engage as many primary school children and teachers as possible with STEAM subjects and careers.
 

Kathie Bowden

Skills Manager, Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd
Kathie Bowden

 Kathie is the Skills Manager for the Satellite Applications Catapult, which she joined from the UK Space Agency. She works with partners across the sector (in industry, academia and government) through her involvement with the Space Skills Advisory Panel. She has a geological and Earth observation background and has worked in all facets of the sector. She is passionate about ensuring that the sector is welcoming and truly inclusive. One of her initiatives, of which she is most proud, is the national Space Placements in INdustry (SPIN) scheme, connecting bright and motivated students with placements in companies and other space organisations.

Kevin Shaw

Skynet 6 Strategic Advisor, UK Strategic Command
Kevin Shaw

With over 3 decades serving in the Royal Navy, Kevin has amassed a wealth of joint and multinational experience in delivering communications and information systems for the most challenged of users and platforms. With specialist experience in a range of space-based technologies through leading research and development, he has continued to enjoy delivering space-based solutions to various military challenges through the fast-paced military operations of the last two decades, finishing his full time service as Commanding Officer of Northwood HQ.

 
He subsequently returned to his space roots as a part time Reservist to be the SKYNET 6 Programme Director. He is now a Non-Executive Board Member of the UK Space Agency and Strategic Advisor to the SKYNET 6 Programme.
 

Kit Lee

Senior Advisor, Transformation Team, Manufacturing Technology Centre
Kit Lee

Kitluen has spent more than 20 years developing and manufacturing critical system products for many OEMs, including shut-down systems for UK nuclear power stations, and shakers used for test campaigns on spacecraft, satellites and mars rovers. He has a wealth of experience in high quality build of high electro-mechanical assemblies for both commercial and military applications. Current involvement has been in de-orbiting technologies for Astroscale for Active Debris Removal as part of space sustainability. As High Value Manufacturing Catapult Business Advisor he is helping all size of businesses to achieve increases in productivity, embrace innovation and develop sustainable practices.


 

Lieutenant Colonel Melanie Strodtman

Director of Operations, 1st Combat Communications Squadron, USAF
Lieutenant Colonel Melanie Strodtman

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald

SO1 Naval Plans & Capability, UK Ministry of Defence
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald

Lt Col Macdonald joined the Royal Marines in Feb 1999 and, on completion of recruit training, specialised as an RM Signaller, deploying with the 3 Commando Brigade HQ and Signals Squadron to Kosovo (Op AGRICOLA IV) and Afghanistan (Op JACANA).

He commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 2003 and, after completing initial troop commands, specialised as a Radio Signals Officer before joining the Commando Helicopter Force, deploying to Iraq (Op TELIC VII and VIII). This was followed by a move to HQ 3 Commando Brigade as the SO3 J6 and Battle Captain, deploying to Afghanistan (Op HERRICK IX). As an acting Major, he then took charge of the Trials and Training Support Group within the Defence CBRN Centre.
 
On promotion to Major, his initial SO2 appointment was as the Officer Commanding the CIS Training Company at the Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines (CTCRM). He was then selected for Sub-Unit Command and assumed command of the Communications Squadron, 30 Commando (Information Exploitation) Group RM. He then returned to CTCRM, as the Second in Command or the Specialist Training Wing. This was followed by a broadening appointment outside the RM. In his final role as a Major, he was appointed to be the Second in Command of 30 Cdo IX Gp RM.
 
On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, he assumed a Navy Command HQ, as the SO1 Equipment Capability in the Commando Force Project Team within the Develop Directorate.
 
Since September 2023 he has been working in the Navy Plans and Capability team within the MoD
 

Lieutenant Commander Alexis Mennesson

FR Satcom Program Officer, French Space Command
Lieutenant Commander Alexis Mennesson

Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Andrew Gregory

Controller, SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity
Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Andrew Gregory

Lieutenant General Elanor Boekholt-O'Sullivan

Deputy Director-General of Policy, The Netherlands Ministry of Defence
Lieutenant General Elanor Boekholt-O'Sullivan

Lieutenant General Boekholt-O’Sullivan joined the Armed Forces in 1996 as an air force officer at the KMA, after which she worked at the Military Intelligence and Security Service, as a platoon commander at the Dutch Defence Academy and as a staff officer of the deputy commander of the Air Force. 

In 2014 she was appointed head of the Air Force Innovation Centre AIR (Ambition, Innovation, Result) in Breda. This Air Force think tank focuses on current developments in the world and the question of how the Air Force should respond to them. With the goal being to bring about cultural changes within the Air Force. 
 
Boekholt took office in June 2016 as commander of Eindhoven Air Base as the first female air base commander in the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
 
She was then promoted to Commodore on July 1, 2018 as commander of the Defence Cyber Command. In this position, she was responsible for digital defence with associated attack and intelligence operations.
 
Subsequently, Boekholt-O'Sullivan was promoted to Major General and took office as Deputy Air Force Commander.
 
Elanor was promoted to Lieutenant General in May 2022, making her the first woman in this rank within the Dutch Armed Forces. She now fulfils the position of Deputy Director-General for Policy (DGB) in The Hague
 

Lukas Nystrom

Chief Technology Officer, Satcube AB
Lukas Nystrom

 Joining satellite terminal provider Satcube in 2017, Lukas has made the seamless transition from systems engineering to leading the development of Satcube's new line of user terminals. Much of this work is emphasized on antenna and RF subsystem R&D targeting low-cost solutions to enable global broadband. In 2022, he was appointed CTO, responsible for R&D of the company's new range of products including all aspects of system design, IPR strategy, resource allocation and project financing. Lukas holds Masters in Engineering Physics and in Accounting and Financial Management which enables him to act as a bridge between the two fields.

 

Major (Res.) Bart van den Einden

Military Communications Expert, EUROCONTROL
Major (Res.) Bart van den Einden

 After serving over 25 years in the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), Bart van den Einden joined EUROCONTROL in the Civil – Military Cooperation Division in 2017. His domain of expertise covers the Ground/Ground and Aeronautical Satellite & Terrestrial Voice and Datalink Communications including Radio Frequency Spectrum management. He is member of the ICAO Communications Panel – Data Communications Infrastructure Working Group (former Aeronautical Communications Panel) and several EUROCAE groups drafting technical specifications for avionics. He was part of the EUROCONTROL team supporting the Horizon 2020 research activity on Air Traffic Management within SESAR2020 Solution 107 on Next Generation Satellite Communications and did support the European Commission Research Executive Agency on bid evaluations for Horizon 2020 SPACE-2019 ENTRUSTED (Governmental Satellite Communications). Bart is a veteran and is a RNLAF reserve officer (Major) with a background in Radar systems and Communications & Information Systems, and while still on active duty his assignments were with the NATO Allied Air Command, Ground based Air Defence systems, Defence Material Command and as staff Officer in the RNLAF Air Command. In his last assignment within C4ISR at RNLAF Air Command he was responsible for the introductions of the Satellite Communication capabilities for the Wing- and Squadron Operations at the RNLAF Rotary Wing Command. He was involved in the introduction for Satellite Communications for the RNLAF fleet of F-16s and initiated the engagement with the Netherlands Administration responsible for Radio Frequency Spectrum and slot allocations for satellites under responsibility of the Kingdom of the Netherlands: the first Netherlands Ministry of Defence owned and operated satellite, the BRIK-II was launched in 2021.

Major Aaron Russell

SO2 Global SATCOM Operations Land/Air, Defence Digital
Major Aaron Russell

Major Aaron James Russell is a qualified and experienced Chartered Engineer. With over 22-years of experience in military telecommunications networks he now sits as the Operations lead for Land and Air customers. Additionally, he is a member of the team that reviews user requirements to design and deliver an End-to-End COMSAT/MILSAT solutions for customers in defence and across government for UK and global operations.

Prior to his current role Aaron was a Technical Officer Telecommunications, managing the design and delivery of globally deployable headquarters and their associated reach-back bearers. In his early career he spent time working in satellite ground terminal engineering, electronic warfare, and electronic countermeasures.

Additionally, Aaron is the Executive Committee Chair for The Institution of Engineering Technology’s Internet of Things Technical Network, a STEM Ambassador and Professional Registration Advisor.
 

Major General (Ret'd) Bill Robins

CEO, BRL
Major General (Ret'd) Bill Robins

 Bill Robins led tactical communications in airborne, mechanized and armoured formations of the British Army. He commanded the Army’s Electronic Warfare Regiment in the early 80s during the Cold War, defined the requirement for the UK Government protected Crisis Management Centre and chaired the Management Board for the MOD/BT PFI programme for Defence Fixed Telecommunications. 

He now runs his own Defence and Security consultancy, BRL. He is a Senior Associate Fellow of RUSI
 

Major General Dr. Michael Färber

Director Capability Development and Bundeswehr Digitisation, Cyber and Information Domain Service, Bundeswehr
Major General Dr. Michael Färber

Major General Michel Sayegh

Program Executive Officer for Space, C4ISR and Cybersecurity, DGA
Major General Michel Sayegh

Major General Roberto Melgar Sheen

Incoming Commander, Peruvian Space Agency
Major General Roberto Melgar Sheen

Makena Young

Associate Fellow, Aerospace Security Project/Center for Strategic and International Studies
Makena Young

Makena Young is an associate fellow with the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Her research interests include international collaboration, space security, and orbital debris. Prior to joining CSIS, Ms. Young worked for the Federal Aviation Administration as an aerospace engineer, focusing on automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast certification and integration in small aircraft. She holds a B.S. in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University with minors in international relations and environmental engineering.

Marke Clinger

Strategic Account Director, EMEA, Kratos
Marke Clinger

 Marke Clinger is Director of Strategic Accounts within the Kratos Space Group, supporting Europe, Middle East, and Africa. In this role, he enables customers to embark on a digital transformation journey with their satellite ground capabilities. Leveraging his exceptional blend of technical expertise and business acumen, he navigates customers in the adoption of industry-standard, software-defined networks and architectures. This approach enhances the resilience of satellite ground operations and drives operational efficiencies—including dynamic and scalable satellite service infrastructures. As Director, Marke focuses on advancing strategic initiatives that facilitate interoperability across military and commercial ground space domains through the modernization of legacy space operations.

Michael Connell

Operations Manager, SATCOM Integrated Operations Division SIOD
Michael Connell

Mike Connell currently serves as the Operations Manager, SATCOM Integrated Operations Division (SIOD). The SIOD is a geographically separated division of the Combined Space Operations Center.  Mr. Connell is responsible for managing Joint level SATCOM current operational integration for the DOD where he supervises the SATCOM Warfighter Operations Cell (SWOC).  This includes the SWOC Chief (SC) and the EMI Watch Officers (EWO). In addition to these tasks Mr. Connell is also assigned as a Special Security Representative, Information Assurance Security Officer, Organization Defense Travel Administrator for CSpOC, and Cyber Security Liaison. 

 
Mr. Connell started his military career in the United States Marine Corps from 1996 through 2005 and started building his SATCOM experience starting in February 2000 as a 2834 Satellite Communications Technician. After leaving the Marine Corps Mr. Connell worked as a contractor as a SATCOM SME in several locations including Colorado, Afghanistan, Israel, Turkey, and Italy.
 
He began his SIOD service as a contractor at the beginning of SIODs standup in 2019 where he assumed the position of the first official SIOD Watch Officer (SWO) now the SC position. While serving as a SWO, Mr. Connell was offered the position of government civilian. He excelled in this position and was promoted to the Lead SWO where he oversaw the other SWOs, wrote the Standard Operating Procedures for that position, and created additional documents and tools to enhance the efficiency of SIOD.  His dedication to the SATCOM mission, coupled with his vast experience in the business earned him the position in NOV 2022 where he currently serves today.

Michael Nichols

Deputy Director, Commercial Satellite Communications Office, United States Space Force
Michael Nichols

Mike Nichols is the Deputy Director, Commercial Satellite Communications Office (CSCO), Space Systems Command (SSC), United States Space Force (USSF). He manages a portfolio of commercial satellite services and capabilities with a lifecycle value of $6B (USD). Mr. Nichols facilitates the delivery of operationally responsive, customer-focused, and cost-effective commercial satellite communications solutions meeting DoD, Federal Agency, and International Partner requirements. This is accomplished through the implementation of focused acquisition, engineering, cybersecurity, and operational strategies across mission platforms.

Mr. Nichols has managed Information Technology programs as a Department of Defense Civilian for 36 years, implementing end to end enterprise solutions across space and terrestrial domains, cloud computing services, cybersecurity, network operations, and transformative business strategies.

During the span of his career, Mr. Nichols has resided abroad managing communication services for the United States Navy (Naples, Italy); terrestrial enterprise architecture programs for the Defense Information Systems Agency (Stuttgart, Germany); Southwest Asia telecommunication programs for DISA Headquarters (National Capital Region); and deployed as a Senior Telecommunications Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (Kabul, Afghanistan).

Prior to his current position, Mr. Nichols was the Program Manager, Commercial Satellite Solutions Program, United States Space Force, Fort Meade, Maryland, implementing a number of transformative strategies across service delivery and business operation disciplines and platforms.

A U.S. Navy Veteran, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (University of Maryland), Mr. Nichols is proud to serve the Department of Defense providing critical enterprise telecommunication solutions enabling Military, Government, and Coalition Partner capabilities.

Michelle Mullen

Director Project Delivery - SATCOM, Canada National Defence
Michelle Mullen

Mike Dean

Chief, DoD SATCOM and AISR ITF, C3 Infrastructure, US DoD CIO
Mike Dean

Mike Dean currently serves as the Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Division Chief for C3 Infrastructure Directorate of the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, and Communications (C3), Office of the Secretary of Defense, Chief Information Officer. As DoD SATCOM Chief, he provides technical expertise, oversight and broad guidance on policy, programmatic and technical issues relating to DoD SATCOM to integrate and synchronize defense-wide communications programs and achieve the DoD’s Digital Modernization Strategy initiatives. He also advises on efforts to achieve and maintain information dominance through DoD SATCOM for the Department of Defense. He manages efforts defining DoD policies and strategies for design, architecture, interoperability standards, capability development and sustainment of DoD SATCOM and serves as the DoD CIO’s focal point for international partnership activities in SATCOM to include the NATO SATCOM Services 6th Generation (NSS6G) activities.

Before joining federal government service, Mike served as a career Army Signal Corps and Cyberspace officer for more than 27 years (including multiple command positions and multiple combat deployments within the 82d Airborne Division as well as serving as the Space Branch Chief in the Joint Staff J6). Following his military career, Mike served as a defense contractor for in multiple roles supporting the DoD CIO in satellite communications and information enterprise management. Mike’s most notable role in DoD SATCOM is the development of the Enterprise SATCOM Management and Control Reference Architecture published in 2019 by the DoD to describe the building code for DoD enterprise SATCOM modernization. 
 

Nelly Phillips

Space Systems Strategy - UK Head, Airbus Defence & Space
Nelly Phillips

Nelly Phillips is currently the Head of Space Systems strategy in the UK. 

Nelly is an aerospace engineer by training, having trained in Toulouse, France. She chose to start her career in Management and Strategy consulting, across various sectors and countries, before returning to her core topic, Space, joining Airbus DS as a Telecom Satellite project manager 12 years ago. Since then, Nelly has taken operational and business development responsibilities in Telecom, Exploration and Earth Observation domains in the UK. She has now taken on the challenge to lead the AIrbus Space strategy in the UK.
 
MilSatCom is, without a doubt, a strategic topic for space manufacturers and operators globally. MilSatCom acts as an engine for innovation and technical excellence across the space sector, where boundaries between satcom, space domain awareness and in-space robotics are increasingly blur, and convergence between military and dual-use cases increasingly relevant.
 

Nicole Robinson

Chief Growth Officer, COMTECH
Nicole Robinson

 Nicole Robinson, Chief Growth Officer, is a proven executive leader with experience building and deploying high growth organizations in the satellite communications network space with deep understanding of the multi-orbit, multi-frequency constellations launched and launching. Prior to joining Comtech, Ms. Robinson was the President of Ursa Space Systems, Inc. (“Ursa Space”) a leading satellite intelligence and data analytics provider that leverages a global virtual constellation of over 200 SAR, earth observation, and RF satellites. In her role at Ursa Space, Ms. Robinson was responsible for accelerating the company’s growth globally while optimizing operations. Prior to joining Ursa Space, Ms. Robinson held a variety of leadership roles, including nearly 14 years at SES S.A. (“SES”) (LuxSE: SESG),, most recently as Senior Vice President of Global Government. Through her leadership roles at SES, Ms. Robinson was responsible for the company’s global business portfolio of government customers in the areas of defense, security, humanitarian, federal, civilian and institutional organizations. In addition to serving on its board of directors, Ms. Robinson was also Managing Director and CEO of SES Techcom Services, Inc., a subsidiary of SES that develops and delivers innovative and tailored end-to-end satellite-enabled solutions and services to governmental, institutional and supranational partners and customers. Prior to joining SES, while at General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD), Ms. Robinson served as the leader of the Strategic Communications function for the United States Joint Forces Command’s Standing Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ). Ms. Robinson has also served in a variety of board level positions. She is currently a Director of AAC Clyde Space AB, a Swedish company that specializes in small satellite technologies and services that enable businesses, governments, and educational organizations to access high-quality, timely data from space. Until June of 2022, Ms. Robinson served as the President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (“SSPI”), the largest professional organization in the space and satellite community. In this role, Ms. Robinson founded SSPI-Women in Space Engagement (WISE), a group dedicated to supporting women members of the space and satellite industry. Ms. Robinson previously served as Chair of the Board of Redu Space Services Inc., a company focused on the operation and delivery of advanced satellite communication systems.

 
Ms. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science from Radford University, for whom she also served as the 2022 Commencement Speaker, an M.B.A. from Liberty University and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in National and International Security.
 

Nik Smith

Regional Director, UK & Europe, Lockheed Martin
Nik Smith

Nik Smith is the Regional Director for UK and Europe for Lockheed Martin Space and leads the Lockheed Martin UK Space business unit. Prior to his current position, Nik was the Head of Business Development for the Lockheed Martin UK Space business area.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Nik served for 16 years in the Royal Air Force as a communication engineer. His first role was as a spacecraft operations officer, operating the UK’s Skynet military satellite communications constellation. Subsequent positions included a range of roles in acquisition, ICT delivery, operational planning, Cyber and information assurance. Nik’s final tour was as part of the British Defense Staff in the British Embassy in Washington DC, supporting bilateral activity related to communications, information, space and intelligence.

Olivier Ondet

VP, Strategy & Marketing - Resilient Networks & Satcom, Thales
Olivier Ondet

Ori Naor

RVP Defense, Gilat Satellite Networks
Ori Naor

Mr. Ori Naor is Vice President, Global Defense Sales, for Gilat Satellite Networks. 

In this role, he is spearheading various innovative projects at the forefront of Military SATCOM. 
Previously, Mr. Naor served as Director of Programs & Business Development, Elbit Land Systems, and was responsible for securing significant defense contracts around the world.   
 
Before joining Elbit, Mr. Naor served in various operational and technology positions within the Israeli Defense Forces, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
 

Patrick Wood

SVP Space Systems UK & Head of Space Systems AIT & Production, Airbus Defence & Space
Patrick Wood

Senior Vice President, Space Systems UK and Head of Space Systems Production. Member of the Space Systems Executive Management Committee Business Unit and UK Management Committee, Airbus Defence and Space.

In Airbus Defence and Space, we have cutting-edge capabilities, decades of experience and dedicated colleagues across the world ensuring that we are leaders in the space sector – designing, developing and operating major space systems and, together with our Connected Intelligence colleagues, delivering powerful insights with our space-based services.
Around the globe, commercial and government customers alike rely on Airbus' leading space technology and solutions.
 
Our expertise includes telecommunications satellites for any mission, very-high-resolution Earth observation instruments, unique deep space missions, flawless International Space
Station operations and Mars and lunar exploration. From the smallest electronic parts and spacecraft equipment to in-orbit delivery of satellites and associated services, reaching for the stars is our daily business.
 
Patrick has over 35 years’ experience in the Aerospace and Space Industry most notably as the CEO of Surrey Satellite and Technology Ltd. (SSTL), Director of International Advanced Programmes for Lockheed Martin Space and over 25 years in a number of roles at Airbus, including the Skynet 5 Space System Programme Director, where Patrick was responsible for launching and delivering into orbit all the Skynet 5 GEO UK Communications Satellites, in addition to delivering the satellite control centres, network control centres, maritime sat com terminals and land mobile sat com terminals.

Paul Febvre

Chief Technology Officer, Satellite Applications Catapult
Paul Febvre

 Paul is Chief Technology Officer at the Satellite Applications Catapult, responsible for establishing a future vision for the sector and directing the technology strategy for the Catapult. Paul leads a small team of solutions architects and technologists that work across the Catapult to provide industry support in the creation and realisation of technologically innovative solutions to real world challenges.  

 

Prior to joining the Catapult, Paul was Design Authority for the Inmarsat BGAN system and responsible for managing Inmarsat’s activities under the European Space Agency (ESA) ARTES (Advanced Research Telecommunications Systems) programme.  This included the Alphasat-Extension programme to integrate advanced technologies into the Inmarsat systems, and the Iris programme under SESAR (Single European Skies Advanced Research) joint undertaking to develop the next generation of aviation safety services for air traffic management communications systems over Europe. 
 
Paul previously worked for many years at BT Research Laboratories in Ipswich, developing mobile and satellite radio communications systems, advanced modulation and coding, data transmission protocols, and information security architectures.
 

Paul Wells

Chief Satcom Engineer, MOD/Defence Digital
Paul Wells

 Paul is a specialist in the Space and Satcom domains. He has a proven track record of achievement in creating, running and growing successful technology businesses and space based customer solutions over many years. This has been achieved by defining the strategy and integrating in depth technical and business knowledge, a strong sales and business development approach, team building and successful programme delivery with a key focus on delivering customer focussed solutions. 

Paul also has strong technical and engineering skills in space, communications, systems integration and security solutions covering satcom, earth observation, navigation and space security for both commercial and military applications.
 
He is the Chair of the Institution of Engineering Satellite Technical Network and is supporting MoD as the interim Chief Satcom Engineer within Defence Digital.
 

Peter Trussell

Skills for Space Lead, UK Space Agency
Peter Trussell

Peter Trussell is a Civil Servant working at the UK Space Agency as the Skills for Space Lead, partnering with experts in industry, academia, and across government to provide a skilled workforce for the growing UK space sector. 

Prior to joining the UK Space Agency, Peter worked in the Leadership College for Government within the Cabinet Office as a Learning and Development Specialist, designing and delivering leadership development programmes, courses, and events for public sector Chief Executive Officer equivalent leaders in local government, health, education, emergency services, armed forces, and civil services.

 

Having completed Rolls-Royce’s HR Graduate Training Programme, Peter has experience across the entire employee lifecycle through various HR roles, including recruitment, induction, training and development, workforce planning and voluntary and mandatory redundancy. Peter is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development having completed the CIPD Advanced Level 7 Diploma in Strategic People Management. 

 

 

Philip Harlow

President, Telesat Government Solutions
Philip Harlow

Philip Harlow is President of Telesat Government Solutions, a U.S.-incorporated, wholly-owned subsidiary of Telesat.  Mr. Harlow is responsible for defining the government division’s commercial, operational and strategic initiatives.

 
Mr. Harlow has over 25 years of leadership experience, with deep knowledge and expertise in delivering SATCOM solutions to government users, including the U.S. Department of Defense and law enforcement and emergency services personnel.
 
He most recently was the President and CEO of DTC Communications, where he was brought in to define the corporate strategy, team and technology infrastructure for short and long-term growth. Before that, he was the Vice President of the Global Solutions Group for SES Government Solutions, where he spearheaded business development capture activities and engineered trusted solutions for government and defence customers. From 2010-2018, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of XTAR, LLC, designing innovative ways for military and government users to access commercial space platforms. Prior to XTAR, Mr. Harlow held a variety of executive and engineering roles with leading defense integrators and satellite operators, including Caprock Communications, DRS Technical Services, Intelsat General and Esatel Communications.
 
Mr. Harlow holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the Royal Military College of Science and a Master of Science from George Washington University.

Professor Anna Moore

Director, ANU Institute for Space
Professor Anna Moore

Professor Anna Moore is a major force driving Australia’s strategic direction and R&D agenda to grow our space capabilities and industry. As Director of InSpace, she sets the vision and strategy for space-related activities at the Australian National University, including satellite and space mission design, manufacture and testing, space-ground communications, Earth observations, space situational awareness, and space medicine, law and commerce.

Following a distinguished research career at Caltech and other astronomy institutes around the world Professor Moore joined ANU in 2017. She served on the Australian Government's space expert reference group to form the Australian Space Agency. As a consultant, her expertise has also been valued by NASA, the US National Science Foundation and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. Professor Moore’s special interests are in astronomical instrumentation, Antarctic astronomy and transient infrared astronomy.
 

Professor Anu Ojha OBE

Director - Championing Space, UK Space Agency
Professor Anu Ojha OBE

Professor Anu Ojha OBE is a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Space Agency and Director for the Championing Space Directorate. Included in his portfolio are leadership of the Agency’s International and ESA Policy teams as well as UKSA’s public/parliamentary affairs, communications and education/skills development/inspiration programmes.


Prior to joining the Agency in May 2023 he was the founder of the UK National Space Academy programme and a Director of the National Space Centre. Appointed Honorary Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester in 2016, he is a co-investigator in the University’s programme for nuclear power applications for exploration, was involved in data analysis from ESA’s Rosetta, Mars Express and SOHO missions and was Principal Investigator for the ESA/UKSA Astro Academy Principia education experiment suite conducted by Tim Peake during his mission to the International Space Station. He continues to teach on the University’s MSc course in Space Exploration Systems specialising in human survival in extreme environments and helped develop and teaches on the University’s new undergraduate-level Fundamentals of Space training course for space professionals.


From 2018 to 2023 he was a member of ESA’s Human Spaceflight and Exploration Science Advisory Committee (HESAC) based at ESTEC. He was a member of the final site selection team for the ESA Rosalind Franklin mission targeted for the Oxia Planum region of Mars and has helped develop ESA’s science exploration strategies for the ESA Terra Novae programme. Since 2020 he has supported MOD Space Directorate and UK Space Command in a number of areas related to skills development and international perspectives through his long-standing experience as a member of the UK-China Joint Laboratory in Space Science and Technology and is a current member of STFC Council. He was also invited by the UK Secretary of State for Defence to contribute to the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.
Prior to joining the space sector in 2008 Anu spent fourteen years as a state high school science teacher and also with British Forces Cyprus. During this time he was appointed as National Lead Practitioner for Physics by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and was also Assistant Headteacher/Advanced Skills Teacher at the largest school in England at the time.


Anu has been a British Skydiving member since 2000, has completed over 1400 jumps and was involved as a science consultant for the Red Bull Stratos stratospheric skydive programme in 2012-12. Since 1993 he has led many high-altitude trekking expeditions in India and Nepal and his other interests include scuba/free diving, triathlon, amateur astronomy and contemporary world politics.

Ralph 'Dinz' Dinsley

Founder, 3S Northumbria
Ralph 'Dinz' 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.

Richard Budd

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

 Richard is responsible for Secure Communications business in UK, US and Australia, primarily ensuring the evolution of the space and ground networks & associated services business to meet growing customer demands. This includes maintaining the high quality delivery of Skynet services and the next generation Skynet 6a satellite, with a significant focus on securing a lead role for the company in the next generation of UK military space programmes.

Prior to joining Airbus in 2018, Richard was the Operations Director responsible for the delivery of one of Capita’s largest government outsource contracts across a wide remit of services including IT, Customer Services, HR, Finance, Procurement and Estates Management. Richard also spent 12 years at Cable & Wireless in various roles including: commercial, large scale programme delivery and leading telecommunications and IT outsource contracts, this included forming and growing the Application Services business to deliver secure cloud based services to UK government.
 
Richard studied Mathematics and Computing at Durham University.
 
In addition to spending time with his family Richard enjoys cycling, running and skiing
 

Sarah Casenove

Head of Satcom Services Solutions, Airbus Defence & Space
Sarah Casenove

 Sarah Casenove, Head of SatCom Services Solutions within Airbus, has been working in the Defence and Space domain for the past 10 years in Sales, Strategy and Future Programmes positions. She joined Airbus in 2013.

Her main areas of activities are development of new SatCom Services Solutions and Capabilities and innovative partnership deals supporting the provision of Satellite based capacities for NATO and EU nations.
 
She holds a Master degree in International Relations and Defence Studies from Sciences Po Lille.
 

Simon Perrett

Head of Research & Development, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd
Simon Perrett

 With an illustrious 39-year military career, Simon Perrett is a seasoned expert in planning, managing, and delivering C5ISR solutions. Recognised for his exceptional contributions to the Specialist user community, Simon was honoured with the MBE in 2013. He has held several key appointments within that community, culminating as Commanding Officer of one of the units for the past 4 years.  In this last role he reformed, built, and led a unique technical unit of engineers, scientists, and military users to solve operational problems and deliver novel, battle-winning prototypes and concepts, directly into the hands of the specialist user.

 
Now serving as the Head of R&D at Spectra Group, Simon Perrett is dedicated to driving innovation and harnessing emerging science and technology to address operational challenges. A primary focus for him is the enhancement of the renowned SlingShot system, with an emphasis on its usability, agility, and networking features. Simon's passion for utilising Science and Technology is a perfect match for Spectra Group's dynamic ethos. CEO Simon Davies acknowledges Simon's unparalleled expertise, especially his knack for integrating novel technology into innovative concepts that cater to end-users.
 

Soheil Mehrabanzad

Assistant Vice President - Business Development, Hughes
Soheil Mehrabanzad


Soheil Mehrabanzad serves as assistant vice president of Business Development for the Defense & Government System Division of Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), focusing on technology strategy for civilian and defense client implementations. With expertise in broadband communications technologies and solutions for Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR), wireless networks and global foreign militaries, Mr. Mehrabanzad engages with U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) clients to enable agile, secure, and resilient MilSatCom and enterprise digital solutions worldwide.

Throughout his career, Mr. Mehrabanzad has worked across the Hughes organization supporting programs for consumer, enterprise and operator markets, domestically and internationally. Prior to his current role, he helped established the company’s Africa/Middle East business from a base in the UAE. Previously, he supported solutions engineering and sales of wideband time division multiple access (TDMA) networks, packet switching networks, and very small aperture terminal (VSAT) projects.

Mr. Mehrabanzad earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Marymount University. He holds secret-level security clearance.

Consumers, businesses, governments and communities around the world benefit from the connected experiences enabled by Hughes technologies and services. To learn more, visit our website at www.hughes.com or follow us on Twitter @HughesConnects and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/HughesConnects.

Sonali Mohapatra

Director, Prospero Space Fellowship
Sonali Mohapatra

Dr Sonali Mohapatra is a Quantum Innovation Sector Lead at the NQCC leading and supporting the NQCC’s innovation strategy and sectoral engagement framework. She focuses on quantum computing use-case discovery and works with a variety of stakeholders such as government, policymakers, regulators, industry and academia to support the user journey from awareness to advocacy across a portfolio of sectors such as financial services, energy, healthcare, space and AI to deliver quantum readiness for the UK. Sonali has an interdisciplinary research background and extensive industry experience leading the technical development and commercialisation of early-stage quantum, space and AI technologies and has been part of the technical development of many world firsts.


Apart from that Sonali has extensive experience in the EDI sector, consulting extensively over the last 10 years. She is the Director of the Prospero Space Fellowship – a national space fellowship designed to tackle the current skills and talent gap in the UK space sector and has founded and chaired non-profits such as New Voices in Space for Space Scotland, QIndia and MTSN in the past.

Squadron Leader Becky Kirk

Space Systems SME, RAF
Squadron Leader Becky Kirk

Becky Kirk is a qualified and experienced Chartered Engineer with a strong background in space systems engineering. With many years of experience in the field, she has proven expertise in Systems Engineering processes and Satellite architecture.

 
Prior to her current role at e2E Services as a Deliver Manager and Engineering Consultant, Becky served in the Royal Air Force for 19 years, where she developed valuable leadership and teamwork skills that have been instrumental in her success as a space systems engineer. She spent time with NATO, DE&S and multiple overseas detachments. 
 
Not wanting to leave the military fully, she remained as a Part Time Voluntary Reservist, where she now instructs on the Space Operations Courses and is assisting defence with their Space System requirements.
 
She has worked as a STEM Ambassador and is passionate about demonstrating the virtues of a career in this field. 
 

Stuart Clark

Director of Communications, Earth & Space Sustainability Initiative
Stuart Clark

Stuart Eves

Director, SJE Space Ltd
Stuart Eves

In 2018, Stuart Eves founded his own space consultancy company, SJE Space Ltd, after spending 16 years working for the UK Ministry Of Defence, and 14 years with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited.

He has been involved with a wide variety of space missions, including TopSat, which set a satellite world record for “resolution per mass” when it was launched in 2005, and which was featured in the Space Gallery at the Science Museum in London.
 
Stuart’s 2017 book “Space Traffic Control”, describes the measures needed to maintain the space environment and protect satellites from both natural hazards and man-made threats. 
 
He serves on the Advisory Panel for the ESA Space Safety Programme, and is a founder of the GNOSIS network on sustainability in space.
 
He has appeared in a diverse range of published media on all aspects of space, and has previously been a recipient of an Arthur Clarke Award for space education and outreach.
 
Stuart has an MSc in Astrophysics, a PhD in satellite constellation design, and has been a fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society for more than 25 years. He’s not an astronaut, but he is an Astro-nut!

Tales Gaspar

Programme Manager, UK SPF and Satellite, Tech UK
Tales Gaspar

Tales has a background in law and economics, with previous experience in the regulation of new technologies and infrastructure. In the UK and Europe, he offered consultancy on intellectual property rights of cellular and IoT technologies and on the regulatory procedures at the ITU as a Global Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI). Tales has an LL.M in Law and Business by the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and an MSc in Regulation at the London School of Economics, with a specialization in Government and Law.

Todd McDonell

President International Government, Viasat
Todd McDonell
Todd McDonell joined Inmarsat in May 2013 as Vice President of Global Government Solutions. He took up the position of President of Inmarsat’s Global Government business in early 2019, where he steered the business to a double digit YOY growth before the business was acquired by Viasat in June 2023. Todd is currently the President of the International Government business area, responsible for managing all government business outside of the United States and encompassing both the legacy Inmarsat and Viasat operations in these geographies.
 
An early stint running operational support for the Australian Navy’s submarine communications systems provided education in military communications and satellite communications systems. 
 
Following his naval career Todd & a number of other former Australian defence personnel created a company called TC Communications focused on the design, delivery, and support of satellite communications systems. Todd became CEO of the TC business in 2000 and grew the business into one of the preeminent Inmarsat partners. Inmarsat acquired the company in May 2013 and integrated it into the Inmarsat Global Government business unit

Travis Blake

Program Officer, Space Traffic Coordination, Science Mission Directorate, NASA
Travis Blake

Dr. Travis Blake serves is the Program Officer for Space Traffic Coordination within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD).

Prior to joining SMD, Dr. Blake served as the Chief Commercial Officer for Privateer Space, where he provided expertise in enhancing space situational and domain awareness, as well as space traffic coordination to increase safety and sustainability. He has also held executive roles at Kairos Ventures and Lockheed Martin after enjoying a 20-year career in the United States Air Force. Dr. Blake has an extensive background in technology-leadership, integration planning, commercial product strategy formulation, and experience in leading space-related technology initiatives.

Dr. Blake is also a recognized government leader and expert on critical space technologies, which enabled him to lead Presidential strategy and policy for restricted national space initiatives. Dr. Blake holds a Ph.D. and Master’s in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Computer Engineering (with honors) from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Trond Hermansen

Special Advisor SATCOM, Norwegian Armed Forces Cyberdefence
Trond Hermansen

Trond Hermansen is a SATCOM specialist within operational use of military SATCOM. He is now working as a special advisor in SATCOM to the Norwegian Armed Forces Cyberdefence. He is a former naval operational officer and has specialized in operational use of military SATCOM. He is presently engaged as operational project officer for the Arctic Satellite Broadband Mission project and the HEO-2 project that both will deliver 2 communication satellites in a high elliptical orbit in 2023 and 2026 respectvely.

Vanessa Viney

UK and US Innovation Manager, Airbus Defence and Space
Vanessa Viney

Vanessa is UK and US Innovations Manager at Airbus Defence and Space, based at the company’s UK HQ in Stevenage. With over 26 years’ experience in the aerospace sector and a MEng in Aerospace Systems Engineering, Vanessa has worked on Mission Systems design for Earth Observation satellites, Project Management, Bid Management and Product Management.


Today, she is responsible for a portfolio of Innovation projects and is experienced in Innovation methods and tools – she is a ThinkWrong facilitator, motivator and ecosystem connector. Vanessa is also involved in outreach activities – such as the UK Youth Rocketry Competition – and is a ‘Women in Defence’ mentor as well as an active member of the internal Equality and Gender Diversity Working Group.

 

Viktoria Urban

Editorial Director, Space Impulse
Viktoria Urban

Viktoria Urban works as an Editorial Director for Space Impulse. She graduated as a Journalist from Edinburgh Napier University, and is currently a third-year BSc student at the Open University studying Astronomy and Planetary Science. She is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, member of the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh and volunteers for the Open University Space Society as well as UKSEDS. She has been working as a freelance space journalist for over two years now and she is associated with several space societies, foundations and companies in multiple countries.

Willy Guilleux

Senior VP Global Government Solutions, Eutelsat Oneweb
Willy Guilleux
With almost 30 years of experience in both telecommunications and space business, Willy Guilleux joined the Global Government Services Business Line of Eutelsat in October 2016. In his current position within the Connectivity Business Unit of the Eutelsat Group, he is heading the business development activities related to Government and Defence communities service provision for their mission-critical satcom solutions.
 
Before Eutelsat, Willy spent 7 years as Head of the Western Europe Sales and Business Development team for the Communications, Intelligence and Security Business Line of Airbus Defence and Space.
 
Prior to joining Airbus Defence and Space, Willy was for 9 years at Arianespace, the European space launch services provider, where he was Marketing Director in charge of marketing, business development and market analysis within the Commercial Directorate of Arianespace.
 
Willy also worked for 6 years within Lucent Technologies in its Wireless Access Systems Business Unit. He held numerous commercial and field operations positions in the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions, where he also led Technical Sales Support teams for delivering offers to telecommunication operators in these regions.
 
Willy is a former auditor of the French Institute of Defence Studies (IHEDN). He graduated in Telecommunications Engineering from Telecom Bretagne in Brest, France, and post-graduated in Radio Telecommunications from ETSIT in Barcelona, Spain. Willy also has a MSc degree in EEA (Electronics - Electricity - Automatism) from Rennes I University, France, as well as a Certification in Business Financing from HEC Business School in Jouy-en-Josas, France.
 

Wing Commander David Black

SO1 Satellite Co-ordination Team, UK Space Command
Wing Commander David Black
Wing Commander Dave Black currently heads the Skynet 6 Enduring Capability programme, which is specifying and procuring the UK MOD’s next generation of Narrowband and Wideband military communications satellites.  This includes a UHF free-flyer and a constellation of X and Mil-Ka Band satellites.  His role also includes management of strategic risks to MOD SATCOM availability, orchestrating Space Wargaming activities to support Operational Analysis of future capability options, and technology development focussed on MILSATCOM to de-risk future requirements.
 
Previously, Dave was head of the Skynet Theatre Delivery Team, leading the MOD’s interface with Airbus Defence and Space to deliver assured MILSATCOM services from Skynet to the UK MOD’s Front-Line Commands, UK Government entities and Allied Partners deployed around the World.  This role also included overseeing a plethora of connections into commercial SATCOM systems to deliver the full range of services required by end-users, and also delivery of the MOD’s International fibre network to deployed locations.  During this time Dave led the UK’s participation in a number of US GLOBAL THUNDER exercises and participated in several Schriever Wargames, as well as evolving the MODs understanding of Space Weather effects and other environmental hazards to operating SATCOM services.
 
In other recent roles he assisted in the formation of the MOD’s Space Command and Space Directorate, was the lead in UK STRATCOM Jt User for Space and SATCOM matters and ran the Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) J6 desk for the delivery of communications to Rest of the World (ROW) and Counter-Terrorism Overseas (CTO) Operations.  Other posts have included OC Engineering for the RAF’s deployable communications organization – 90 Signals Unit, ICT delivery roles at Defence Digital, Commanding Officer of NATO Satellite Ground Station F4 Oakhanger and other deployable communications roles in the RAF.  Somehow, in amongst those jobs, he also ended up being in charge of the RAF’s professional firefighters deployed to Northern Ireland during national fire brigade strikes!
 
He has been a professional Communications and Electronics Engineer in the RAF for 25 years since graduating from the Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a Postgraduate Diploma in Opto-Electronic Systems.  His other interests include playing Rugby (flanker), skiing (fast), motorbikes (Honda, Harley, Suzuki) and photography (Nikon D300).

WO Trevor Austin

SO3 CIS Land, DDG, NZDF
WO Trevor Austin

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Conference agenda

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8:00

Registration & Coffee

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SAE Conference Opening

Oscar Wolffe

Oscar Wolffe , Senior Conference Producer - Defence, SAE Media Group

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Chair's Opening Remarks

Major General (Ret'd) Bill Robins, CEO, BRL

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Establishing the Requirements Driving UK SATCOM OTM Development

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald, SO1 Naval Plans & Capability, UK Ministry of Defence

  • What are the key problems facing UK Forces in regard to comms integration?
  • Looking at the Commando Force as a Use Case
  • NSN, Army and RAF Considerations
  • Working with industry and international partners
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    What SOTM means for Defence

  • Where SOTM may develop
  • The Importance of Engineering all the Segments
  • Major Aaron Russell, SO2 Global SATCOM Operations Land/Air, Defence Digital

    Flight Lieutenant Adam Weaver, SO3 Air Platforms , Defence Digital

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    Joint UK Q+A

    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Macdonald, SO1 Naval Plans & Capability, UK Ministry of Defence

    Major Aaron Russell, SO2 Global SATCOM Operations Land/Air, Defence Digital

    Flight Lieutenant Adam Weaver, SO3 Air Platforms , Defence Digital

    Kevin Shaw, Skynet 6 Strategic Advisor, UK Strategic Command

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    Coffee Break

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    SATCOM On-The-Move’s Importance for the Australian Soldier, and its Integration on Existing Vehicles

    Colonel Clifford White, Director Space Services, Australian Defence Space Command

  • The importance of SATCOM OTM in Australian operational environments
  • An overview of the SATCOM OTM integration into the Bushmaster PMV
  • Roadmap beyond 2022
  • Australian co-operation with the United States on SOTM
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    Ensuring all Domain Access to SATCOM on the Move or at the Short Halt

    WO Trevor Austin

    WO Trevor Austin, SO3 CIS Land, DDG, NZDF

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    Enabling Air Traffic Services Through SATCOM Development and Implementation

    Major (Res.) Bart van den Einden, Military Communications Expert, EUROCONTROL

  • Overview of current Datalink services in use
  • Contributing to ICAO Working Groups in the update of the SATCOM standards 
  • Operational and standardization activities in SESAR2020 Wave 2 PJ.14 Solution 107 “Future Satellite Communications Datalink”
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    Advancing Maneuver Through Enhanced Communications Technology

    Lieutenant Colonel Melanie Strodtman

    Lieutenant Colonel Melanie Strodtman, Director of Operations, 1st Combat Communications Squadron, USAF

  • European theater scheme of maneuver considerations
  •  Changes to traditional combat communications required skill sets
  • The importance of SATCOM on the move to our mission area
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    US Marine Forces Pacific BLoS Communications priorities

    CWO5 Rilin Desamours, Space and Propagation Engineering Officer, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, G-6

  • Manoeuvrability within the EMS – Within PACOM AOR
  • Threat informed PACE plan, in support of 507X OPLAN (Will keep it unclass)
  • Fire Chain / Kill Web survivability within denied, degraded, or contested environment. “Thin line Comms”
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    Coffee Break

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    Delivering Resilient Network Connectivity for the US Army

    John Anglin, Project Manager, Tactical Network Technical Management Division Lead, PEO C3T, US Army

  • Providing commanders choices of network connectivity depending on the environment
  • Integration of both commercial and military SATCOM options, coupled with HF and protected waveforms
  •  Integrating network operations tools to better manage and monitor network transport capability
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    Integrating Hybrid SATCOM Solutions into Mobile SATCOM Architecture

    Dave Brunnenmeyer

    Dave Brunnenmeyer, Director, LinQuest MSEIT, Space Systems Command SE&I

  • Commercial and Allied technological advances to increase robustness of SATCOM on the move
  • Enterprise Management and Control, flexible networks and terminals to provide for more integrated and interoperable systems
  • Roaming terminals that operate across waveforms, frequencies and can transfer multiple data types at appropriate security levels
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    Chair’s Closing Remarks

    Major General (Ret'd) Bill Robins, CEO, BRL

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    Drinks Reception Hosted By Lockheed Martin (Invitation Only)

    Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Martin , Gala Dinner, Invitation Only

    An Invitation-only pre-main conference dinner, hosted by Lockheed Martin

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    Registration & Coffee

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    SAE Conference Opening

    Miles Dixon

    Miles Dixon, Managing Director, SAE Media Group

    Oscar Wolffe

    Oscar Wolffe , Senior Conference Producer - Defence, SAE Media Group

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    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Dr Joanna Hart, Director, Space Partnership

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    SKYNET Update: Developments and Way Ahead for the UK’s SATCOM Capability

    Captain (RN) Phil Coope, Deputy Head Space , UK Strategic Command

  • Commanding heights view of the programme - from the SKYNET 5 PFI to SKYNET 6EC
  • Maturing future technologies and assessing opportunities for cross-government and international collaboration
  • Key requirements for SKYNET 6 – availability, coverage, flexibility and interoperability
  • Introducing new terminals and satellites to the SKYNET constellation, with greater integration to national and international architectures
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    Early Development Work on Future Architectures

    Kevin Shaw, Skynet 6 Strategic Advisor, UK Strategic Command

    Paul Wells, Chief Satcom Engineer, MOD/Defence Digital

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    UK MoD Panel: Delivering SKYNET SDW and the Way ahead to 6EC

    Captain (RN) Phil Coope, Deputy Head Space , UK Strategic Command

    Barry Austin, SATCOM Programme Manager - Defence Digital, UK Strategic Command

    David Dean, Chief Engineer, DSTL

    Kevin Shaw, Skynet 6 Strategic Advisor, UK Strategic Command

    Paul Wells, Chief Satcom Engineer, MOD/Defence Digital

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    Presentation from our Lead Sponsor Airbus

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

    Patrick Wood, SVP Space Systems UK & Head of Space Systems AIT & Production, Airbus Defence & Space

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    Coffee Break Sponsored by Maxar

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    Developing Sovereign Space Capability to Protect Dutch Geo-Strategic Interests

    Lieutenant General Elanor Boekholt-O'Sullivan, Deputy Director-General of Policy, The Netherlands Ministry of Defence

  • The current Dutch SATCOM structure and shared COMSATCOM provision
  •  An overview and assessment of Brik-II – Netherlands sovereign space capability
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    Lockheed Martin Fireside Chat

    Eric Brown, Vice President, Mission Strategy & Advanced Capabilities for Communications, PNT & Space Security, Lockheed Martin

    Nik Smith, Regional Director, UK & Europe, Lockheed Martin

    Andy Rayner, Skynet Campaign Director, Lockheed Martin

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    Enhancing the German Armed Forces through Increased Exploitation of Space, Cyber and SATCOM

    Major General Dr. Michael Färber

    Major General Dr. Michael Färber, Director Capability Development and Bundeswehr Digitisation, Cyber and Information Domain Service, Bundeswehr

  • The increasing dependency of the armed forces on space-supported data, services and products
  • Controlling and protecting the SATCOMBw Military Communications Satellite System
  • Advancing capability through allied partnership and exercises
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    Trust Issues in the Modern Age

    Todd McDonell, President International Government, Viasat

  •  Trust as a rare and precious currency impacting faith in information, institutions, and technology
  • How government missions hinge on reliable content and secure connection 
  • Essential components for fostering certainty in government commercial satcoms, offering a blueprint for a more reliable future
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    Italian Space Capability and Strategy: Deploying and Protecting Infrastructure in a Fragile Domain

    Brigadier General Davide Cipelletti, Chief - Space General Office, Italian Defence General Staff

  •  Space as a more strategic, competitive, congested and contested domain#
  • SICRAL development up to 2023
  • Advancing capability with SICRAL 3
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    Presentation from our Charity Partner: SSAFA

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Andrew Gregory

    Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Andrew Gregory, Controller, SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity

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    Networking Lunch

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    Afternoon Streams

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    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Mike Dean, Chief, DoD SATCOM and AISR ITF, C3 Infrastructure, US DoD CIO

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    Changing the Game on how the DoD Buys and Utilizes COMSATCOM

    Michael Nichols, Deputy Director, Commercial Satellite Communications Office, United States Space Force

  • Industry innovations enable previously unobtainable commercial capability
  • Integrating with the market
  • Working as part of the DoD SATCOM enterprise
  • Evolving CSCO mission and processes
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    Fireside Chat with Blake Bullock and Mr. Cordell DeLaPena

    Blake Bullock, Vice President Communication Systems, Northrop Grumman

    Cordell DeLaPena, Program Executive Officer PEO for Military Communications MilComm & Positioning, Navigation, and Timing PNT, Space Systems Command, USSF

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    A New Dawn is Rising for Multi-Orbit Global Resilience Worldwide

    Willy Guilleux, Senior VP Global Government Solutions, Eutelsat Oneweb

  • Find out how Eutelsat OneWeb is redefining global resilience and global reach
  • Native LEO-GEO hybridization powered by a diversity of User Terminals on land, at sea, and in the air
  • Unlocking new capabilities to complement MilSatCom and foster mission success
  •  Building an ecosystem of trusted partners ready to embark for next gen ComSatCom
  • Giving you the control as a Virtual Satellite Network Operator
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    PANEL: Exploring Potential Approaches to Automated Sharing of Capacity Across the 5I Community and Other Coalition Action

  • Reviewing national experiences and efforts
  • What business, governance, and policy changes are needed to enable M2M sharing of capability, how quickly can we converge on this vision
  • Conceptualising shared capacity approaches
  • Business impediments, security challenges, and other obstacles
     
  • Wing Commander David Black, SO1 Satellite Co-ordination Team, UK Space Command

    Charlotte Gerhart, Director, Acquisition Delta - Tactical SATCOM, Space Systems Command, USSF

    Michelle Mullen

    Michelle Mullen, Director Project Delivery - SATCOM, Canada National Defence

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    Coffee Break Sponsored by Maxar

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    Rivada Space Networks - The OuterNET

    Joe Apa, VP of Sales EMEA, Rivada Space Networks

  •  An agile solution for changing the global security landscape
  • Gateway-less architecture for ultra-security and resiliency
  • Layer 2 virtual private network for governmental users
  • Latency - Why True End-to-End matters
  • Precursor Mission coming in 2024
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    The 4 Vital Elements of Portable Satellite Communications

    Lukas Nystrom, Chief Technology Officer, Satcube AB

  • Sovereignty: the risks associated with relying on a unique satellite communications provider and the benefits of multiple channels to ensure high SLA
  • Security: the need for secured communication thanks to TRANSEC, advanced encryption, private networks, secure remote control, etc. and the important considerations of GEO vs LEO constellations
  • Robustness: why this should be criteria #1 in the choice of satellite communication solutions
  • Manufacturing: the importance of terminal lifecycle management, from design to production
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    PANEL: European SATCOM Collaboration Towards Resilient Multinational Architecture

  • Introducing national SATCOM strategies
  • Why is resilience so key to SATCOM?
  • How can European collaboration leverage national strengths?
  • In which areas is partnership needed most?

     

  • Holger Lueschow

    Holger Lueschow, Programme Manager Satellite Communication, European Defence Agency

    Captain (N) Jose Freitas, Head of Space Department, Portuguese General Staff of Armed Forces

    Colonel (Ret'd) Krzysztof Cybulski, Senior SATCOM Specialist, Polish Ministry of National Defense

    Trond Hermansen, Special Advisor SATCOM, Norwegian Armed Forces Cyberdefence

    Lieutenant Commander Alexis Mennesson

    Lieutenant Commander Alexis Mennesson, FR Satcom Program Officer, French Space Command

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    Chair’s Closing Remarks

    Mike Dean, Chief, DoD SATCOM and AISR ITF, C3 Infrastructure, US DoD CIO

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    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd

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    Discussing the Importance of Effective SDA in Regard to Advancing UK SATCOM’

    Wing Commander David Black, SO1 Satellite Co-ordination Team, UK Space Command

    Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd

    Ralph 'Dinz' Dinsley, Founder, 3S Northumbria

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    14:25

    Dynamic Space Operations and the Future of Communications

    Daniel Gizinski, Chief Strategy Officer, COMTECH

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    Next Generation SlingShot - A Step Change in delivering Tactical Radio (including BLOS) solutions to the warfighter

    Simon Perrett, Head of Research & Development, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd

  •  Designing a fully modular software and hardware platform with an ‘open’ approach that could facilitate ‘RaaS’ 
  • Enabling seamless integration of tactical data solutions through open API architecture. 
  • Facilitating the bridging of tactical data networks on the battlefield through efficient Satellite solutions
  • Providing the agility for the user to switch between modes including low latency LPI/LPD satcom modes to low-bandwidth/data- rich solutions
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    PANEL: Discussing the Increasingly Hostile Space Environment and Exploring How Belligerent Actors Could Impact SATCOM Infrastructure

  • Possible threats to commercial China’s space capability and what this means for the West
  • Evaluating Russian ASAT potential
  • Why is deterrence so key?
  • How can deterrence be bolstered?

     

  • Makena Young, Associate Fellow, Aerospace Security Project/Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Christopher Johnson, Space Law Advisor, Secure World Foundation

    Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney, Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute USAF

    Viktoria Urban, Editorial Director, Space Impulse

    Holly Bertrand, Chief Operating Officer, ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc

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    16:00

    Coffee Break Sponsored by Maxar

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    National Space Operations Centre - The UK Model for Civil-Military Cooperation

    Alastair East

    Alastair East, Head of NSpOC development and International SST, UK Space Agency

  • Exploring the link between SSA and SATCOM operations
  • An update on recent and upcoming opportunities in the UK’s civil Space Surveillance and Tracking programme
  • Efforts to collaborate across civil, military and commercial boundaries
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    Advancing SATCOM through Situational Awareness and Sustainability

    Holger Krag, Head of the Space Safety, European Space Agency ESA/ESOC

  • The importance of protecting communication assets from space hazards
  • SSA for Autonomy in Accessing Space
  • Space Weather
  • Debris prevention for the preservation of the space environment

     

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    Joint Civil Organisation Q+A

    Holger Krag, Head of the Space Safety, European Space Agency ESA/ESOC

    Alastair East

    Alastair East, Head of NSpOC development and International SST, UK Space Agency

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    From the Ground Up: A New Age of Insights and Infrastructure

    Nicole Robinson, Chief Growth Officer, COMTECH

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    PANEL SPONSORED BY MAXAR: The Importance of Balancing SATCOM Capability Development with the Sustainable Use of Space

  • The growing volume of debris in space is both environmentally and commercially unsustainable
  • The impact of small satellite proliferation
  • The threat from redundant equipment and debris
  • Mitigating existing debris and reducing future congestion
  • How can industry play a part?
  • Travis Blake, Program Officer, Space Traffic Coordination, Science Mission Directorate, NASA

    Katherine Courtney, Chair, Global Network on Sustainability in Space

  • The growing volume of debris in space is both environmentally and commercially unsustainable
  • The impact of small satellite proliferation
  • The threat from redundant equipment and debris
  • Mitigating existing debris and reducing future congestion
  • How can industry play a part?
  • Dr James Blake, Research Fellow, Centre for Space Domain Awareness

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    Chair’s Closing Remarks

    Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd

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    19:00

    Networking Reception Hosted by Lead Sponsor Airbus

    AIRBUS

    AIRBUS, Networking Reception, London Transport Museum

    Lead sponsor Airbus, invite you to join them at the Tuesday evening reception.
    This year’s reception will take place at the iconic London Transport Museum which promises to give guests an exciting evening of, not only networking but the opportunity to explore some of the heritage of London and its transport system over the last 200 years.

     

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    Registration & Coffee

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    SAE Conference Opening

    Oscar Wolffe

    Oscar Wolffe , Senior Conference Producer - Defence, SAE Media Group

    Joe Pramberger

    Joe Pramberger, President , SAE Media Group

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    8:50

    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Colonel (Ret'd) Jennifer Krolikowski, Former Chief Information Officer - Space Systems Command, CEO, Plan Z

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    9:00

    US MILSATCOM: The Future of DoD SATCOM Acquisition, Development and Delivery

    Cordell DeLaPena, Program Executive Officer PEO for Military Communications MilComm & Positioning, Navigation, and Timing PNT, Space Systems Command, USSF

  • Space warfighting: the DOD’s policies for creating an effective, sustainable, and resilient SATCOM ecosystem
  • US DOD’s space enterprise and updates on interagency collaboration policy
  • Assessing the MUOS Constellation Program
  • Strategic vision: SATCOM in 2030

     

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    Space Acquisitions with Partners: Exploiting Existing Assets, Buying Available Capabilities, and Building Only What We Must

    Deanna Ryals, Director, International Affairs, Space Systems Command, USSF

  •  International cooperation in force design to define requirements
  • Optimizing capacity and capability through international partnership
  • Leveraging new tools to integrate the alliance
  • Future options for SATCOM hybrid architecture
     
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    9:40

    Presentation from our Lead Sponsor Airbus

    David Phillips, VP, Head of UK National Programmes, Telecom and Navigation Systems, Airbus Defence and Space

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    How Eutelsat Oneweb is Changing the Game for Defence & National Security

    Chris Moore, VP Defence & Security, Government Relations, Eutelsat Oneweb

     

  • Why Eutelsat Oneweb is making a big difference to how militaries operate globally
  • Eutelsat Oneweb's LEO service as a key part of multi-layered resilience.
  • Why having non-US options is a geo-political necessity
  • Procurement systems build around agility, flexibility and adaption are required for relevance
  • Why procuring production lines not just products is important.
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    10:40

    Coffee Break Sponsored by E-Space

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    Resilient Communications in Action: Enterprise Management + Smart Network Edge with GEO/LEO/5G

    Dr Rajeev Gopal, Vice President Advanced Systems, Hughes Network Systems

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    Integrating Global SATCOM Enterprise Operations

    Michael Connell, Operations Manager, SATCOM Integrated Operations Division SIOD

  • SIOD Introduction
  • Synchronizing and Integrating the US and Allies
  • Coordinating information and activities across the satellite communication (SATCOM) enterprise
     
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    Enhancing Resilience in Multi-Mission Satellite Operations through Digital Transformation of SATCOM

    Marke Clinger, Strategic Account Director, EMEA, Kratos

  • Break down silos between SATCOM and SDA to improve mission resilience.
  • Transition to a software-defined ground architecture using industry standards to expand mission capabilities.
  • Increase mission capabilities and operation efficiencies by using containerized waveforms on SATCOM terminals.
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    Delivering Operational SATCOM to the US Warfighter

    Colonel David Pheasant, Commander, Space Delta 8, USSF

  • Ensuring protected and assured SATCOM at a tactical and strategic level
  • Developing and training space warfighters
  • Expanding cooperation to enhance prosperity and security
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    RESA terminals a novel technology for cost-efficient and high performance LEO/MEO applications

    Dr Omid Sotoudeh, CEO, ReQuTech AB

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    Networking Lunch

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    Afternoon Streams

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    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Professor Anna Moore, Director, ANU Institute for Space

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    14:40

    The Role of Defence Space Command in Coordinating and Managing Australia’s Endeavors in Space

    Colonel Clifford White, Director Space Services, Australian Defence Space Command

  • Assuring Australia’s access to space for civilian and military users in a safe and sustainable space environment
  • Space at the core of how we will fight and win in the future across multi-domain operations
  •  Integrating the many diverse elements of space capability
  • Working closely with our allies and international partners to mutually assure the responsible use of the space domain
     
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    Flexible, Assured Connectivity for Global Defense Missions

    Philip Harlow, President, Telesat Government Solutions

  •  Multi-Gbps, self-healing mesh space relay with intelligent routing bypasses non-trusted terrestrial networks
  • In-depth security architecture, including TRANSEC and IA-Pre  
  • International collaboration on Military Ka-band – the multi-national approach to early availability of military communications infrastructure
  • Flexible business models – Gbps versus GB service packages, regional or global capacity pools with real-time bandwidth allocation
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    Swissto12’s 3D Printing to Improve the SWaP&C of the Next Generation of Satcom on the Move Antennas

    Esteban Menargues, Senior RF/Antenna systems engineer, SWISSto12 SA

  • SWISSto12’s 3D printing and its opportunities for Satcom
  • 3D printed Ka apertures for Satcom (command control vehicles, UAVs, large aircraft)
  • Description of 3D printed phased arrays in Ku&Ka with improved SWaP
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    Coffee Break Sponsored by E-Space

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    NZDF’s Approach to Digitalisation – a Small Country’s Challenges and Opportunities

    Colonel Pat Beath, Strategic J6, New Zealand Defence Force | Te Ope Katua o Aotearoa

  • NZDF’s context
  • NZDF’s Space Domain and capability development
  • MILSATCOM and our digital eco-system
  • Key Challenges/Opportunities 
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    Accelerating, Transforming and Strengthening National Security Solutions through Commercial Partnerships

    Brigadier General Steven Butow, Director, Space Portfolio, Defense Innovation Unit

  •  End-to-end execution using commercial capabilities
  • Driving ideas novel in capability, responsiveness, and delivery accuracy
  • Tactically Responsive Space’: Victus Haze
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    Chair’s Closing Remarks

    Professor Anna Moore, Director, ANU Institute for Space

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    17:30

    Drinks Reception Hosted By All.Space

    All.SPACE

    All.SPACE, Networking Reception, QEII Centre

    SAE Media Group and sponsor ALL.SPACE would like to invite you to join a networking reception taking place in the main exhibition hall at the end of the conference on Wednesday. Expect live music, drinks and canapes.

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    13:00

    Registration

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    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Dr Joanna Hart, Director, Space Partnership

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    13:40

    Why Space — Exploring the Landscape and How You Can Get Involved

    Professor Anu Ojha OBE, Director - Championing Space, UK Space Agency

  • Understanding the Landscape – Opportunities and Core Focus of the Space Sector
  • Experiences from the National Space Centre – gaining an interesting and fulfilling career
  • Highlighting the key needs and future growth opportunities that you can fulfil in your career
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    Horizons without Limits: Equal Opportunities and Unlimited Global Possibilities

    Dr Mamatha Maheshwarappa, Co-Chair, Women in Aerospace UK

  • Dispelling the myths about a career in space
  • Success stories of leading female leaders in aerospace
  • Mapping the global space industry – where can you fit in?
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    14:20

    Why is Defence Integral to Space?

  • The need for international and national defence
  • Introducing the intertwined history of space with the defence sector
  • The key space priorities for national and international security
  • Defence’s role in leading technological innovation
  • Air Commodore Adam Bone, Head of Operations, Plans, Enablement and Training, UK Space Command

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    14:40

    Panel Discussion: What Your Degree Doesn't Prepare You For

  • Filling the gap through work experience
  • Soft skills
  • Non-academic space information
  • Personal challenges presented by the workplace
  • Possibilities for career conversions
  • Dr Joanna Hart, Director, Space Partnership

    Dr Chiara Palla, Co-lead, Women in Aerospace UK

    Holly Whitehouse, Chair, UKSEDS

    Sonali Mohapatra, Director, Prospero Space Fellowship

    Freya de Santis, Space Capability International Partnering Lead, UK Strategic Command

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    15:05

    Visit to Main Conference

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    15:35

    Making a Success of the Graduate Job Search

    Jacob Smith, Director, SpaceCareers.uk

  • Finding and identifying the jobs for you
  • Succeeding in the application process
  • Discussing current graduate and internship opportunities
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    15:55

    Extended Q&A: Careers Beyond the Cockpit

  • Assessing how many people are required for a successful launch
  • Identifying the key jobs and skill gaps that the industry is seeking to fill
  • Discussing the diversity of roles within the space industry
  • Highlighting employment opportunities around the world
  • Kathie Bowden, Skills Manager, Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd

    Joseph Dudley, Co-Chair, Space Skills Alliance

    Peter Trussell, Skills for Space Lead, UK Space Agency

    Group Captain John Hetherington, Deputy Head Space Enablement, UK Space Command

    Tales Gaspar, Programme Manager, UK SPF and Satellite, Tech UK

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    16:20

    Extended Q&A: The Unusual Suspects: Careers Downstream & in the Wider Space Eco-System

  • What is ‘downstream’ and why is it important?
  • Illustrating the makeup of the space eco-system – why are SMEs important?
  • Addressing the unique benefits of working for SMEs
  • Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli, Chairperson, UK Chapter, Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)

    Joanne Oliver, Business Engagement Lead, Satellite Applications Catapult

    Dr Robert Massey, Deputy Executive Director, Royal Astronomical Society

    Tales Gaspar, Programme Manager, UK SPF and Satellite, Tech UK

    David Chinn, President-Elect, Royal Aeronautical Society

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    16:45

    'What Your Career Can Look Like: The Benefits of Multidisciplinarity

    Dr. Natasha Nicholson, Former Cluster Manager, Space Scotland and Director, Star Helix Ltd.

  • Demonstrating how different personal roads can all lead to space
  • National and International Role Models Who Have Paved the Way in Space
  • Navigating the career landscape and understanding realistic pathways
  • Unlocking Your Potential: Utilising Challenges to Further Your Career
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    Panel Discussion: Dual-Use Capabilities and Doubled Possibilities

  • Advantages of joining the dual-use workforce
  • Unique experiences only available in the defence sector
  • How to take the skills and experiences learnt in defence for future roles in civil space
  • Routes into Defence
  • Dr Joanna Hart, Director, Space Partnership

    Cy Keogh, Senior Advisor - Business Transformation, Manufacturing Technology Centre

    Squadron Leader Becky Kirk, Space Systems SME, RAF

    Dr Junayd Miah, Science Adviser, UK Space Command

    Soheil Mehrabanzad, Assistant Vice President - Business Development, Hughes

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    Panel Discussion: Leading Technological Innovation and Global Problem-Solving

  • Examining case studies of today’s technology led by space
  • Identifying key areas of technological development where space takes the lead
  • Discussing how civil and military space interact to drive technological innovation
  • Addressing sustainability challenges posed by and for the industry – and how technical innovation can address them
  • Dr Joanna Hart, Director, Space Partnership

    David Dean, Chief Engineer, DSTL

    Vanessa Viney, UK and US Innovation Manager, Airbus Defence and Space

    Kit Lee, Senior Advisor, Transformation Team, Manufacturing Technology Centre

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    17:55

    Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Stream

    Dr Joanna Hart, Director, Space Partnership

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    8:00

    Registration & Coffee

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    8:45

    SAE Conference Opening

    Oscar Wolffe

    Oscar Wolffe , Senior Conference Producer - Defence, SAE Media Group

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    8:50

    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Nelly Phillips, Space Systems Strategy - UK Head, Airbus Defence & Space

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    9:00

    Developing Practical SATCOM Plans and Policy for Peru

    Major General Roberto Melgar Sheen

    Major General Roberto Melgar Sheen, Incoming Commander, Peruvian Space Agency

  • Overview of Peruvian space developments: PerúSAT-1
  • What is the current SATCOM capability of Peru?
  • Data sharing agreements and international cooperation
     
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    9:20

    Furthering Capability in Space: An Update on the Brazilian Space Programme

    Brigadier Frederico Casarino, Director of the Institute of Aeronautics and Space, Brazilian Air Force

  • Assessing current Launch Vehicles and planned developments 
  • Overviewing space Infrastructure in Brazil: Alcântara Space Center
  • SATCOM capability and planning: SGDC-1 & 2 
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    9:40

    Panel from our Lead Sponsor Airbus

    Sarah Casenove, Head of Satcom Services Solutions, Airbus Defence & Space

    Chris Moore, VP Defence & Security, Government Relations, Eutelsat Oneweb

    Aaron Curtis

    Aaron Curtis, Solution Manager, Airbus Defence and Space

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    10:10

    Coffee Break

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    10:40

    Sponsor Presentation from L3Harris

    Jamal Hamid

    Jamal Hamid, Lead, Sales/Account Management, L3Harris Technologies

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    11:10

    Evaluating the Vital Importance of Effective SATCOM to EUROCONTROL

    Jorge Afonso Pereira, Head of CNS and Security Unit, EUROCONTROL

  • Overview of EUROCONTROL line of effort regarding SATCOM implementation for Air Traffic services
  •  Military-Civil cooperation and the advantages of effective SATCOM
  • International cooperation efforts
  • Potential threats to SATCOM implementation for Air Traffic Control: What’s the back up?
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    The Future of Hybrid Communication and Spectrum Management

    Ian Eishen, Director Global Public Sector, Aalyria Technologies Inc

  • Common Control Plane: How might a common control plane help future proof diverse networks spanning land, sea, air, and space.
  • Spectrum Management: The need for deep integration between electromagnetic spectrum allocation and communications infrastructure orchestration
  • Planet-Scale Digital Twin - Modeling terrain, weather, beam geometries, and radio physics to enable predictive optimization 
  • Resilient Hybrid Networking: How software-defined architecture adapts in real-time to build predictive self-healing networks
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    12:00

    Virtual Sponsor Presentation from Gilat

    Ori Naor, RVP Defense, Gilat Satellite Networks

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    12:30

    Networking Lunch

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    Delivering Increased Capacity and Enhanced Functionality for the French Armed Forces through SYRACUSE IV

    Major General Michel Sayegh

    Major General Michel Sayegh, Program Executive Officer for Space, C4ISR and Cybersecurity, DGA

  • Overviewing the DGA satellite communication programme so far
  • Key capability goals of SYRACUSE IV
  •  Assessing the successful launch of SYRACUSE 4B and the implications for the Armed Forces
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    Constellations – Multi-Orbit Terminals, Protected Waveform & Hybridization

    Olivier Ondet

    Olivier Ondet, VP, Strategy & Marketing - Resilient Networks & Satcom, Thales

  •  MilSatCom today and the constellation disruption
  • Multi-orbit terminals on the way
  • Protected waveform benefits
  • Hybridization and Orchestration of constellations
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    The Plan for Development of ROKAF Space Power

    Colonel Simon Kim, Principal of Aerospace School, Education & Training Command, Republic of Korea Air Force

  • Space Operations Capabilities Enhancement
  • International Space Cooperation
  • Space Education and Training System for Space Manpower
  • Introduction of ROK military Satellite System and Space Laser Communication Technology
     
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    Assessing Chinese Capability in Space & SATCOM

    Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney, Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute USAF

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    Coffee Break

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    Driving Take-up of Space Technology to Shape and Sustain the World of Tomorrow

    Paul Febvre, Chief Technology Officer, Satellite Applications Catapult

  • What is the Satellite Applications Catapult?
  • Helping organisations bring new SATCOM services to the market
  • Connecting industry with academia
  • Enabling rapid research into cutting edge technology
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    The Importance of Ensuring Sustainable Access to Space for the SATCOM Community

    Stuart Clark

    Stuart Clark, Director of Communications, Earth & Space Sustainability Initiative

  • Space has a unique set of conditions and resources; It is essential to fully define these properties, understand their limits and then ensure that we operate within sustainable boundaries
  • Developing sets of Space Sustainability Principles that will facilitate the establishment of the Space Sustainability Standards
  • Evaluating commercial, industrial, academic and cultural considerations
  • Specific reflections on SATCOM development and the balance between enhancing current capability and ensuring long term sustainability
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    Evaluating the Evolving European ‘Space for Security’ Landscape

    Hermann Ludwig Moeller

    Hermann Ludwig Moeller, Director, European Space Policy Institute

  • The increased use of Space as a domain to address civil and dual-use security challenges
  • The challenge to leverage commercial space capabilities, as the geo-political dimension of space is increasing
  • SATCOM in focus: ESPI findings on European secure connectivity initiatives allowing commercialisation
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    Chair’s Closing Remarks and Conference End

    Nelly Phillips, Space Systems Strategy - UK Head, Airbus Defence & Space


    Director
    Space Partnership
    Former Chief Information Officer - Space Systems Command, CEO
    Plan Z
    Director
    ANU Institute for Space
    Space Systems Strategy - UK Head
    Airbus Defence & Space
    Deputy Director-General of Policy
    The Netherlands Ministry of Defence
    Program Executive Officer PEO for Military Communications MilComm & Positioning, Navigation, and Timing PNT
    Space Systems Command, USSF
    Director Capability Development and Bundeswehr Digitisation
    Cyber and Information Domain Service, Bundeswehr
    Program Executive Officer for Space, C4ISR and Cybersecurity
    DGA
    Incoming Commander
    Peruvian Space Agency
    Head of Operations, Plans, Enablement and Training
    UK Space Command
    Director, International Affairs
    Space Systems Command, USSF
    Chief - Space General Office
    Italian Defence General Staff
    Director, Space Portfolio
    Defense Innovation Unit
    Chief, DoD SATCOM and AISR ITF
    C3 Infrastructure, US DoD CIO
    SVP Space Systems UK & Head of Space Systems AIT & Production
    Airbus Defence & Space
    Head of Secure Communications UK & US
    Airbus Defence & Space
    Head of Satcom Services Solutions
    Airbus Defence & Space
    Director of the Institute of Aeronautics and Space
    Brazilian Air Force
    Controller
    SSAFA, The Armed Forces Charity
    Principal of Aerospace School, Education & Training Command
    Republic of Korea Air Force
    Head of NSpOC development and International SST
    UK Space Agency
    Skynet Campaign Director
    Lockheed Martin
    SATCOM Programme Manager - Defence Digital
    UK Strategic Command
    Vice President Communication Systems
    Northrop Grumman
    Head of Space Department
    Portuguese General Staff of Armed Forces
    Deputy Head Space
    UK Strategic Command
    VP Defence & Security, Government Relations
    Eutelsat Oneweb
    Director Space Services
    Australian Defence Space Command
    Commander
    Space Delta 8, USSF
    Strategic J6
    New Zealand Defence Force | Te Ope Katua o Aotearoa
    Chief Strategy Officer
    COMTECH
    VP, Head of UK National Programmes, Telecom and Navigation Systems
    Airbus Defence and Space
    CEO
    ReQuTech AB
    Vice President Advanced Systems
    Hughes Network Systems
    Vice President, Mission Strategy & Advanced Capabilities for Communications, PNT & Space Security
    Lockheed Martin
    Senior RF/Antenna systems engineer
    SWISSto12 SA
    SO3 Air Platforms
    Defence Digital
    Deputy Head Space Enablement
    UK Space Command
    Head of the Space Safety
    European Space Agency ESA/ESOC
    Programme Manager Satellite Communication
    European Defence Agency
    Chief Operating Officer
    ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc
    Director Global Public Sector
    Aalyria Technologies Inc
    Lead, Sales/Account Management
    L3Harris Technologies
    VP of Sales EMEA
    Rivada Space Networks
    Project Manager, Tactical Network Technical Management Division Lead
    PEO C3T, US Army
    Founder & CEO
    ALL.SPACE
    Head of CNS and Security Unit
    EUROCONTROL
    Director of Operations
    1st Combat Communications Squadron, USAF
    SO1 Naval Plans & Capability
    UK Ministry of Defence
    FR Satcom Program Officer
    French Space Command
    Chief Technology Officer
    Satcube AB
    Military Communications Expert
    EUROCONTROL
    SO2 Global SATCOM Operations Land/Air
    Defence Digital
    CEO
    BRL
    Strategic Account Director, EMEA
    Kratos
    Operations Manager
    SATCOM Integrated Operations Division SIOD
    Deputy Director, Commercial Satellite Communications Office
    United States Space Force
    Director Project Delivery - SATCOM
    Canada National Defence
    Chief Growth Officer
    COMTECH
    Regional Director, UK & Europe
    Lockheed Martin
    VP, Strategy & Marketing - Resilient Networks & Satcom
    Thales
    RVP Defense
    Gilat Satellite Networks
    Chief Technology Officer
    Satellite Applications Catapult
    Chief Satcom Engineer
    MOD/Defence Digital
    President
    Telesat Government Solutions
    Head of Research & Development
    Spectra Group (UK) Ltd
    Space Systems SME
    RAF
    President International Government
    Viasat
    Special Advisor SATCOM
    Norwegian Armed Forces Cyberdefence
    Senior VP Global Government Solutions
    Eutelsat Oneweb
    SO1 Satellite Co-ordination Team
    UK Space Command
    SO3 CIS Land, DDG
    NZDF
    Director, Acquisition Delta - Tactical SATCOM
    Space Systems Command, USSF
    Senior SATCOM Specialist
    Polish Ministry of National Defense
    Chief Engineer
    DSTL
    Director
    China Aerospace Studies Institute USAF
    Program Officer, Space Traffic Coordination
    Science Mission Directorate, NASA
    Space Law Advisor
    Secure World Foundation
    Space and Propagation Engineering Officer
    U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, G-6
    Research Fellow
    Centre for Space Domain Awareness
    Space Capability International Partnering Lead
    UK Strategic Command
    Chair
    Global Network on Sustainability in Space
    Director of Communications
    Earth & Space Sustainability Initiative
    Director
    SJE Space Ltd
    Director
    European Space Policy Institute
    Director - Championing Space
    UK Space Agency
    Chairperson, UK Chapter
    Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)
    TechUK
    Senior Advisor - Business Transformation
    Manufacturing Technology Centre
    Co-lead
    Women in Aerospace UK
    Science Adviser
    UK Space Command
    Co-Chair
    Women in Aerospace UK
    Deputy Executive Director
    Royal Astronomical Society
    Former Cluster Manager, Space Scotland and Director
    Star Helix Ltd.
    Chair
    UKSEDS
    Director
    SpaceCareers.uk
    Business Engagement Lead
    Satellite Applications Catapult
    Co-Chair
    Space Skills Alliance
    Skills Manager
    Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd
    Senior Advisor, Transformation Team
    Manufacturing Technology Centre
    Associate Fellow
    Aerospace Security Project/Center for Strategic and International Studies
    Skills for Space Lead
    UK Space Agency
    Founder
    3S Northumbria
    Assistant Vice President - Business Development
    Hughes
    Programme Manager, UK SPF and Satellite
    Tech UK
    UK and US Innovation Manager
    Airbus Defence and Space
    Editorial Director
    Space Impulse
    Solution Manager
    Airbus Defence and Space
    UK Space Command
    Director, LinQuest MSEIT
    Space Systems Command SE&I
    President-Elect
    Royal Aeronautical Society
    Skynet 6 Strategic Advisor
    UK Strategic Command
    Director
    Prospero Space Fellowship

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