Airbus and UK MoD to Discuss the Future of Skynet 6 at Global MilSatCom Event

The 19th Global MilSatCom Conference hosted by the SMi Group is set to exhibit exclusive demonstrations from the UK Ministry of Defence and Airbus. The event which will take place from November 7 - 9, 2017 will bring together 500 senior military and key industry representatives from around the world to network, benchmark, and learn about the latest developments and issues in SatCom technology. Themes for this event will include the GovSatCom initiative, the Wideband Analysis of Alternatives, satcom-on-the-move, addressing commercial challenges, and updates on future military capabilities.

The showcase comes at a relevant time with the UK MoD recently granting Airbus a contract to oversee the manufacture, assembly, integration and the launch of Skynet 6. This acquisition will fill the capacity gap as the Skynet 5 constellation approaches its end-of-life, and will deliver sovereign and secure satcom capability for the UK.

In an exclusive host nation address Air Commodore Nick Hay, Head of Capability C4ISR & SRO, HQ Joint Forces Command, will provide the Ministry of Defence’s Perspective on MilSatCom. Opening the three-day event, he will touch on the current space policy, lessons learned from Wargaming and Skynet 5, as well as next steps on Skynet 6. 

Concurrently, Airbus will be presenting three exclusive talks at the event. While Richard Franklin, Head of Secure Communications, will explore Ubiquitous Communications and discuss the exploitation of networks, big data, and the importance of security; Hughes Boulnois, Head of SpaceDataHighway will be holding a session on The Importance of Airborne Connectivity and Enabling Assets. This explores the benefits of laser communications for aircraft and EO satellites, as well as enhanced defence applications.

Dr Tanvir Ahmad of Airbus MilSatCom Space Systems will be talking about recent innovations and future trends to combat complex military needs. Airbus will also be hosting a networking drinks reception on Day 2 of the event.

Other esteemed speakers this year will include a high calibre of military representatives from nations including Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Nigeria, New Zealand, Spain, UK and USA.

The event will also see the presence of senior decision makers within the industry including SES, Advantech Wireless, Aerospace Corporation, Boeing, ComTech, Cubic|GATR Technologies, ETL Systems, Eutelsat, GovSat, Hughes, IAI Elta, Inmarsat, Inster, Intelsat, Kratos, L3 Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Newtec, Raytheon, Scisys, Thales, Unique Broadband Systems, ViaSat, XTAR and more.

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