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Milsatcoms 2018

16th edition of the UK’s leading event for Milsatcom professionals

12 - 13 June 2018 | IET London: Savoy Place


Conference programme - 12 June 2018

Tuesday 12 June 2018


Registration and refreshments


IET and Chairman’s welcome and introduction

Gerard Donelan, Vice President Defence & Security, SES


Keynote: Defence space and the need for MilSatCom capabilities

  • The next generation capability strategy
  • MilSATCOM delivery within a UK Defence context
  • Requirements for Future Beyond Line of Sight (FBLOS)

Air Commodore Nick Hay, Head of Capability C4ISR & SRO, HQ Joint Forces Command Capability, MoD, UK
Barry Austin, ISS Head of Networks, MoD, UK


UK MOD space policy and space strategy

Nick Ayling, OBE, Head of Cyber and Space Policy, MoD, UK


Delivering information advantage through space

  • This presentation will outline the concept of “information advantage”, and how current and future trends in civil and military communications, and Space systems, could be an enabler
  • We will discuss how emerging technologies could change the future of SATCOM, and some of the current challenges

Mike O’Callaghan, Space Programme Manager, Cyber and Information Systems Division, DSTL, MoD, UK


Refreshments, networking and exhibition


UK Space Agency new strategy and its implications for Milsatcoms

Space industry is a high growth, high productivity sector where the UK punches above its weight, contributing some £14bn (and supporting £250bn) to UK economy and employing 39,000 people. This presentation will inform how the new UK Space Agency strategy will potentially impact on the operation of UK Milsatcoms

Colin Armstrong, Head of Space Security Policy, UK Space Agency, UK


Information on the move

Information is at the heart of future warfare and the British Army needs to process, evaluate and disseminate information much faster and on the move to achieve advantage over our adversaries.

This presentation will discuss the challenges of data, security, technology and tempo on future battlefields.

Brig Greg Wilson, Head of Capability Strategy Development, Army HQ Information Directorate, MoD, UK


Panel discussion: UK’s sovereign Milsatcoms infrastructure and the future of Skynet 6

Airbus built four Skynet 5 spacecraft that were launched between 2007 and 2012 as part of a 20 year, £3.6 billion private finance initiative (PFI) with the British MoD to acquire and operate the platforms and ground stations. The extended PFI deal is due to expire in 2022 when the satellites and ground infrastructure are handed over to the MoD.

The Skynet 6 program is packaged into three elements: the stopgap spacecraft to be built by Airbus, a service delivery package to manage ground operations from 2022 and an enduring capability program to provide future communication system capacity beyond the end of the next decade. What is expected from a new service delivery partner to take over the running of the ground operations from 2022? What is the scope and requirement of the Enduring Capability? And what does the UK sovereignty requirement mean?

Nick Ayling, Head of Cyber and Space Policy, UK MoD
Mike O’Callaghan, Space Programme Manager, Cyber and Information Systems Division, DSTL, MoD, UK
Nick Hay, Information, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capability Planner, Joint Forces Command Capability, MoD, UK
Colin Armstrong, Head of Space Security Policy, UK Space Agency, UK
Barry Austin, ISS Head of Networks, MoD, UK


Lunch, networking and exhibition


Airbus Keynote - technical view of future MILSATCOM / Skynet 6

A discussion on the considerations for the Future UK MILSATCOM Architecture. A brief overview of different space architectures, applicability of different orbits architectures to MILSATCOM and the system architecture needed to exploit multiple satellite architectures. A possible future EC vision, recommendations for further study, and the user implications

Rick Greenwood, VP Engineering and Operations CIS Satcom, Airbus Defence and Space, UK


GovSat Secure Satcom Service - a new EU and NATO capability from Luxembourg

Luxembourg has joined the Milsatcom club following the successful launch of GovSat-1 on 31st January, 2018.

We will describe the design journey that led to the capability going live in March 2018 and update on the operational evolution of the GovSat system. This was achieved in a 3-year timeline and we will explore how GovSat is looking at future developments

Paul Wells, Vice President Government Satellite Communications, GovSat, Luxembourg


Delivering global Ka-band SATCOM services for defence forces

  • Inmarsat Global Xpress – the world’s first High Throughput Satellite Ka-band global network
  • Services provided for Defence forces including Land, Maritime and Aero case studies from around the globe
  • Effective commercial augmentation of national Milsatcom systems and technologies driving innovation in this area
  • A technical overview of the Inmarsat Ka-band network including satellites, TT&C network, ground stations, customer traffic “Meet Me Points”, and global ground network
  • Technical innovations in the 4 satellite Inmarsat-5 on-orbit fleet built by Boeing
  • Seamless provision of additional Ka-band surge capacity via partnerships with other satellite operators
  • Extension plans for the future with 3 new Inmarsat satellites being built now (1 by TAS, 2 by Airbus) planned for launch in 2019, 2020 and 2021
  • A vision of Defence SATCOM in the 2020’s.

James Marley, Engineering Director, Global Government, INMARSAT, UK


Refreshments, networking and exhibition


Case study: Lessons learnt from Electronic Warfare in Eastern Ukraine

This presentation will consider the future of EW and EM Operations in context of current armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine, including Hybrid Warfare and Cyber Electromagnetic Activities where the adversary is out-performing not only the Armed Forces of Ukraine but potentially EM capabilities existing in the West.

It will consider the new capabilities that will be required across all lines of development, by all services, in all countries in the free world.

Major-General Borys Kremenetskyi, Defence and Air Attaché, Embassy of Ukraine, UK


Panel Discussion: opportunities and challenges to the military end-users in context of small satellites revolution: the art of the possible

Space industry is experiencing disruptive change; with new technologies, business models and market entrants, and the private sector increasing its share of space financing. The UK Government’s Space Growth Strategy has ambitious targets – most of the anticipated growth coming from services and applications (“downstream”).

So with “New Space” holding out the promise of cheaper and faster access to space, what innovative services for Milsatcoms might be enabled by that?

Chairman: Chris Brunskill, Head of Small Satellites and Future Constellations, Satellite Applications Catapult, UK

Daniel Campbell, Managing Director, Effective Space, UK
Mike Lawton, Founder & CEO, Oxford Space Systems, UK
Rafel Jorda Siquier, Founder & CEO, Open Cosmos, UK


Chairman’s final remarks


Drinks reception at the IET London: Savoy Place (sponsored by GovSat)



Programme is correct at time of publication. Topics and speakers are subject to change.

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