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Announcement: this event has now become online only and will be held on the SAE Media Group Virtual Conference Platform.

With the Small Satellites market expected to grow into a $7.53 bn (£5.94 bn) industry by 2022, the ability to deliver connectivity here on the ground through new LEO constellations mantel is already being seriously developed by leading industry and government stakeholders worldwide.

As adoption of small, nano and cube satellite constellations has been driven by the commercial market – in particular for COMSATCOM – there is now growing consensus that architectures of military systems can and must include architecture that will support LEO solution provision.

With this in mind, SAE Media Group are delighted to announce the inaugural Small Satellites conference taking place on the 26th - 27th April 2021, which will explore economies of scale, small satellite production and design, regulatory considerations in the increasingly congested domain and key programme updates from across leading space agencies, militaries and commercial solution providers. 

This conference will be held in British Summer Time (GMT+1)

  • Understand what the emerging mega-constellations mean from a regulatory perspective & meet and engage with key licensing bodies to determine how best to do business within the small satellites market
  • Key updates from leading commercial solution providers developing cutting edge cube and nanosatellites – including leading UK industrial partners
  • Learn how future launch is being developed with critical perspectives from industry, space agencies and militaries developing this capability
  • Meet and network with innovation companies and government stakeholders disrupting our approach to space 

The SMi Virtual Conference Platform will deliver the following benefits:

  • Live and On Demand speaker content: Get access to the latest strategies and case studies from your market place online!
  • Network with all the event attendees: Connect, see who’s attending, chat and share contact details with all online delegates, speakers and sponsors
  • Exhibit a Virtual Booth: You can pack your customized booth full of documents, videos and even show who is manning the booth during the event and hosting meetings
  • Host & Join Meetings & Socials: Join preferred speaking sessions, host you own meetings and even a virtual Networking social, with in built Zoom functionality


With over 80 organisations having attended our Small Satellites focus day over the past 2 years, SMi Group are privileged to be developing a dedicated forum to discuss this critical emerging technology.

Below is a snapshot of the attendees from 2018 and 2019’s focus days:

  • SES Defence UK Ltd
  • Clyde Space Ltd
  • Airbus Ds Electronics And Border Security (Ebs)
  • Northern Space & Security Ltd
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Surrey Satellite Technology Limited STFC-UKRI (Science and Technology Facilities Council UK Research and Innovation
  • UK MoD
  • Open Cosmos Ltd.
  • Shetland Space Centre
  • Equatorial Space Industries
  • Reaction Engines Ltd
  • Spaceport Cornwall
  • Spire Global
  • Airbus Defence & Space
  • Nslcomm AAC
  • Microtec AB
  • The Boeing Company
  • Omnispace
  • KDDI Corporation
  • Indian Space Research Organisation
  • CGI IT UK Limited
  • CGI Centrum Zycko Information
  • Dstl
  • Astronics
  • AeroSat
  • Omnispace LLC
  • SVGC
  • Cabinet Office of Japan
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Melco)
  • Stellar Solutions Aerospace Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ltd.
  • Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd
  • Reflex Photonics
  • Skyrora
  • BAE Systems & Finmeccanica
  • everis Aerospace & Defense
  • Media Broadcast Satellite
  • US Department of Defense
  • Airbus Defence & Space
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • S&A Professional Services, LLC
  • EU Military Staff
  • Sirius Constellation
  • Department of International Trade
  • RAF
  • Satmagazine Com
  • SatNews Publishers
  • SpaceNews, Inc
  • US Air Force
  • Viasat
  • SciSys UK Ltd
  • Airbus OneWeb Satellites
  • Lockheed Martin Space
  • Raytheon
  • Clyde Space Ltd
  • In-Space Missions Limited
  • Fraunhofer IIS
  • Oxford Space Systems
  • Seraphim Capital
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Raptor Aerospace Ltd
  • Shetland Space Centre
  • BT Group plc
  • Finnish Defence Forces
  • NATO Special Operations HQ
  • Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation
  • Cubic Nuvotronics
  • Finnish Defence Forces
  • NSSI
  • Nuvotronics
  • Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems
  • Brazilian Army
  • Babcock International Advanced Stabilized Technologies Group
  • Sematron UK Ltd
  • Institute For Defense Analyses
  • Boeing
  • Royal Navy
  • CCISE, Brazilian MOD
  • Republic of Korea Armed Forces
  • IHS Jane's
  • The Aerospace International Research Center
  • The Aerospace Corporation
  • L3 Technologies
  • Thales Communications & Security

Conference agenda



Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd



The UK’s Approach to Small Satellite Development

Mr Michael Rudd, Head of Telecommunications Strategy, UK Space Agency

  • Key programmes
  • Telecommunication opportunities: connectivity via mesh networks and constellations and future approaches
  • The strategic view on future space
  • clock


    30 Years of Firsts: Pioneering the Small Satellites Revolution

    Mr Andrew Cawthorne, Director, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd

  • From the first small satellite UoSAT-1 to 5G enabling LEO Vantage Phase 1 – key history in the small satellite market development
  • End-to-end capability: designing, building, testing, launching and operating the next generation of small satellites
  • How SSTL fits into the wider UK space cluster and the government space strategy
  • Promoting sustainable space: REMOVEDEBRIS and other initiatives aimed at domain management
  • The next 30 years: what the small satellites revolution has next
  • clock


    Networking Break and Virtual Exhibit Hall Open



    Enhancing Access to Space: Precious Payload

    Mr Andrey Maksimov, CEO and Co-Founder, Precious Payload

  • Software driven approaches to space launch
  • How hosted payloads as a means to support the small satellites industry
  • Where previous payload can enable launch capability for nations without sovereign infrastructure
  • Maintaining ITAR compliance for satellite technology
  • clock


    Risk and Insurance Landscape for Small Satellites – Emerging Opportunities and new Paradigms for Managing Risk

    Mr Tim Rush, Senior Vice President, Gallagher Aerospace

  • Risk profiles for operations in LEO and GEO
  • Liabilities with business in space under domestic and international regulations and norms
  • Insurance coverages and buying considerations
  • How a robust insurance market for small satellites supports sector growth
  • clock


    Transforming Space Capability

    Mr Grzegorz Zwolinski, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, SatRevolution S.A.

  • Proof of concept for Swiatowid, KRAKsat and AMICal Sat
  • How new Cube and small satellites are transforming capability on the ground
  • Continuing the satellite revolution – REC: Real-time Earth observation Constellation
  • clock


    Networking Break and Virtual Exhibit Hall Open



    Making the Impossible Possible: Exploiting Innovative Small Satellite Systems to Revolutionise Access to Space

    Mr Andrew Vick, Head of Disruptive Technology, STFC-UKRI (Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK Research and Innovation)

  • An overview of the work of RAL Space and how it is now moving towards leaner development processes
  • Disruptive technology case study: what's driving the need for optical communications and how small satellites can participate in that
  • Analysis of the rise of lean space and what low cost systems mean for space accessibility
  • How faster, cheaper demonstration missions can energise the development of disruptive technologies for industry, government and academia
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    Applications for Small & Cube Satellites

    Ms Charlene Jacka

    Ms Charlene Jacka, Branch Chief Engineer, Air Force Research Lab / Space Vehicle Directorate

  • The AFRL Small Satellite Portfolio and how these assets can meet Air Force objectives
  • Launch timelines for projects and recent successes various missions
  • Case studies in small and cube satellites in current use: functions, material design and operational feedback
  • Work with Dstl and other international partners in building architectural approaches for small satellite integration into the DoD architecture
  • Concluding thoughts: why partnerships for small and cubesats are important and developing system integration
  • clock


    Networking Break and Virtual Exhibit Hall Open



    Prototyping at Aerospace’s xLab

    Dr Richard Welle, Senior Scientist, xLab, The Aerospace Corporation

  • The Aerospace Corporation develops advanced prototypes to shape the next generation space enterprise
  • Aerospace’s miniature satellite program has pushed the boundaries of kg-class spacecraft for 20 years.   
  • SMC 2.0 is using Aerospace xLab to prototype small satellite hardware to advance responsive space capabilities amongst its allies.   
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    Closing Keynote Address: NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology Program: Pushing the Boundaries of Technology

    Mr Roger Hunter, Programme Manager, Small Spacecraft and Technology, NASA

  • Flight projects currently under development: NASA CubeSat missions
  • Integrated Solar Array and Reflectarray Antenna (ISARA) – mission validation, in-orbit testing and utilisation in future high-bandwidth missions
  • In space command and control – demonstrations of coordinated maneuver for CubeSats in LEO
  • Priorities for the development of the program and future pathfinder projects planned
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    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd



    Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd



    Portugal Space 2030 – a Strategy for Research, Innovation and Growth

    Mr Ricardo Conde, President , Portuguese Space Agency

  • Standing up of the Portuguese Space Agency and small satellites strategy
  • Portugal’s place within the pan-European framework of space development
  • Update on the recent space strategy developed and industry and national partnerships planned
  • Developing a space industrial base: delivering national capability and skills
  • clock


    Small Satellite Market Trends & Opportunities for the Space Industry

    Mr Claude Rousseau, Research Director, Northern Sky Research (NSR)

  • Technology trends for 2021 and beyond: commercial and government
  • Launch sites, ground segment and manufacturing evolutions in smallsat markets
  • What size of small satellite for what markets?
  • STM, SSA and In-Orbit Servicing for next-generation capabilities
  • What new markets and future opportunities for smallsats? 
  • clock


    Governance of Space in the LEO Era

    Professor Christopher Newman, Professor of Space and Law, Northumbria University

  • Framework for consideration – the emerging LEO small, nano and cube sat markets
  • International, domestic and soft law – the principals enshrined at each level
  • Where are we at and how is the landscape changing?
  • What the guidelines and codes of practise mean for commercial operators
  • SSA and STM considerations within future small satellite governance
  • clock


    Networking Break and Virtual Exhibit Hall Open



    Satellite and Spectrum Management Moving Forward

    Ms Liz Quintana

    Ms Liz Quintana, Head of Satellite Industry Engagement, Ofcom

  • Space as a unique resource: Ofcom's responsibility to ensure optimal and efficient use of radio spectrum
  • Ofcom’s space strategy: enabling satellite broadband, earth observation and new uses growth
  • Satellite filing and earth station licensing – how to do business in the UK
  • Spectrum management and small satellites – key radio regulations
  • Band allocations and spectrum requirements for the emerging LEO market
  • clock


    Legal Frameworks for Spectrum Management

    Mr Chuen Chern Loo, Head of Space Publication and Registration Division, ITU

  • Spectrum access and use – MIFR records of current frequency assignments
  • Current application processes within existing ITU radio regulations and submission guidelines
  • What the emerging LEO mega constellations mean for frequency allocations and how the ITU is keeping pace with changes
  • Decisions taken at WRC-19 related to small satellites
  • clock


    Frequency Allocation and Small Satellite Licensing Requirements

    Mr Thomas Welter, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Orbit/Spectrum Resources, Agence Nationale des Frequences (ANFR)

  • An introduction to ANFR – frequency management responsibilities
  • Authorization process for the commercial use of French frequency assignments
  • Guidelines for start-ups and SMEs
  • Pan-European collaboration within the small satellite sector
  • Final concluding thoughts: maintaining a ‘go fast’ ethos to ensure regulation maintains pace with technological developments
  • clock


    Networking Break and Virtual Exhibit Hall Open



    Satellite Regulation in the New Space Era

    Ms Merissa Velez, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission

  • FCC's approach to LEO-era satellite regulation
  • Recent necessary to enable an innovative and effective small satellite industry
  • Thoughts on the future of FCC regulation
  • clock


    Panel: Future Regulatory Approaches and Lessons we can Learn

  • In the light of the current debate between Space X (Starlink), and Amazon (Kuiper), should regulators license "orbits" as well as "frequencies"?
  • How should regulators strike a balance between the needs of commerce and the astronomical community?
  • What do you see as the principal challenges in establishing a level regulatory playing field?
  • How should we address breaches of licensing conditions?
  • Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd

    Ms Liz Quintana

    Ms Liz Quintana, Head of Satellite Industry Engagement, Ofcom

    Ms Merissa Velez, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications Commission

    Mr Chuen Chern Loo, Head of Space Publication and Registration Division, ITU

    Mr Thomas Welter, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Orbit/Spectrum Resources, Agence Nationale des Frequences (ANFR)



    Networking Break and Virtual Exhibit Hall Open



    Dear Green Small Space

    Professor Malcolm Macdonald, Chair of Space Technology, University of Strathclyde

  • An overview of the Glasgow City Innovation District space cluster, including the UK’s largest quantum for space research activity
  • Connecting starlings, neuroscience, and spacecraft operations
  • Agile & responsive networks of small satellite’s
  • clock


    Driving Go Fast Efforts Across the Enterprise

  • Catalyst campus as a collaborative ecosystem for the development of the space industry
  • Rapid prototyping and development: how the accelerating helps to flexibly deliver cutting edge technologies
  • Feedback from the Catalyst Space Accelerator Demo Day
  • Where partnerships can be developed moving forward: key priorities
  • Captain Jacob Singleton, Space Innovation Lead, CIS Division, DSTL/US Space Force

    Ms Robin Yemen, Chief Technology Officer, Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation



    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Dr Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd

    Space Innovation Lead, CIS Division
    DSTL/US Space Force
    Senior Scientist, xLab
    The Aerospace Corporation
    SJE Space Ltd
    Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
    Head of Disruptive Technology
    STFC-UKRI (Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK Research and Innovation)
    CEO and Co-Founder
    Precious Payload
    Head of Space Publication and Registration Division
    Research Director
    Northern Sky Research (NSR)
    Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
    SatRevolution S.A.
    Head of Telecommunications Strategy
    UK Space Agency
    Portuguese Space Agency
    Programme Manager, Small Spacecraft and Technology
    Head of Regulatory Affairs and Orbit/Spectrum Resources
    Agence Nationale des Frequences (ANFR)
    Senior Vice President
    Gallagher Aerospace
    Branch Chief Engineer
    Air Force Research Lab / Space Vehicle Directorate
    Head of Satellite Industry Engagement
    Attorney Advisor
    Federal Communications Commission
    Chief Technology Officer
    Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation
    Professor of Space and Law
    Northumbria University
    Chair of Space Technology
    University of Strathclyde


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