Europe's Leading Military Satellite Communications Event to Take Place in London

The Global MilSatCom event is one of Europe’s leading military communications events for satellite professionals. This year the event will take place in London from 05 - 07 November. Global MilSatCom’s reputation has been built on the high-level international speakers and decision makers it attracts and the fantastic interactive opportunities offered during the conference sessions and networking receptions.

With the UK’s future Satcom plans developing at a fast pace and the new version of Skynet (SKYNET 6) going live in 2019 – this is a key year for the British space sector. A key theme of the conference thus will be ‘maintaining and sustaining space superiority’, with key updates on the SKYNET constellation and international SATCOM program developments. It will also include the enterprise-wide reorganization endeavors within the US DoD and its new and ‘go fast’ procurement efforts.

Presentations on UK Satellite Capabilities at Global MilSatCom 2019

Strategic Developments in Skynet & future UK MILSATCOM - Presented by Captain David Moody, Deputy Head for Space, Capability C4ISR, JFC, UK MoD

  • Outlining space as an operating domain - the Future Force Concept and strategic approaches to SATCOM
  • Requirements for the future: coverage and concurrency to enable expeditionary capability & availability and survivability in a contested & competitive EM and physical space
  • Pivot towards a much more informed MoD with an appropriate level of independent industry advice and support that can leverage own capitally acquired MILSATCOM, commercial SATCOM, and allied collaboration 

UK's National Space Strategy - Providing Leadership in the Global Space Market - Presented by  Dr Graham Turnock, CEO, UK Space Agency

  • Connectivity as half the story: exploiting future mesh systems to meet operational data requirements
  • Space as a British success story – maintaining market capture and leadership through the development of innovation centers such as Harwell
  • Providing enduring capability: UKSA’s role in the provision of future sovereign capability through SKYNET 5 SDW and SKYNET 6
  • Where COMSATCOM can be integrated for low resilience C4i requirements

Skynet 5 - The backbone of the UK's Current SATCOM Capability - Presented by Mr Barry Austin, Skynet 6 Project Manager and Deputy Head of Networks, UK MoD

  • Ensuring the SDW remains a springboard for SKYNET 6 EC and doesn’t constrain it
  • Current feedback from initial industry competitions for the execution of SDW and timeline for bidder announcement in 2020
  • User terminal considerations for the future of the systems & ensuring they’re interoperable with future systems without constraining their design
  • ‘Go fast’ approach: delivering quickly on the project through organisational efforts within ISS

UK Mod Panel Discussion: Concepts of Future Operations (CONOPS) for the UK Under Skynet 5 & Skynet 6

  • Who, where and what we will be fighting in 20 years’ time – forecasting the future to shape requirements writing today
  • Maintaining the UK’s SATCOM sovereignty: balancing value and freedom of action to project power moving forward
  • Ground terminal perspectives: ensuring the space & terrestrial components remain interoperable

Panelists for the discussion include:

  • Mr Gerard Donelan, Vice-President Security & Defence, SES Networks
  • Wing Commander David Black, Skynet 6EC Project Manager, UK MoD
  • Commander Phil Coope, Strategic Networks Capability Manager, Joint Forces Command, UK MoD
  • Ms Deanna Ryals, Chief Partnership Officer, SMC, US Air Force
  • Dr Michael O'Callaghan, Space S&T Programme Manager, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

The events focus day and three-day conference (4th-7th November 2019) will cover:

  • 4th November, a Pre-Conference Focus Day on: Small Satellites and Disruptive Technology
  • 5th November, Conference Day 1: Western Europe Focus
  • 6th November, Conference Day 2: US Focus
  • 7th November, Conference Day 3: International Focus

There will also be unparalleled networking opportunities, including: a pre-conference gala dinner (invitation only), two networking receptions and an evening dinner (invitation only).

For those interested in attending Global MilSatCom 2019, there is an early bird saving of £100 for places booked before 30th September. Registrations can be made online here.

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