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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: UK MOD Space Policy and Space Strategy

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


UK MoD Strategic Satellite Communications Capability development in context of Skynet 6

  • 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


The impact of global trends in Space on future Military Satellite Communications

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


Case Study: Comms-On-The-Move (COTM) in the UK

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


Anti-satellite weapons in the space segment

This presentation from Europe's leading manufacturer of missile systems would focus on the space segment (actual in-space operations) and will discuss current and future capabilities and states of space.

Speakers will highlight the potential implications of mega constellations as well as cover information on attack crafts, space debris and the implications of Kessler Syndrome.

The talk will also address both kinetic and non-kinetic effectors.

Edwin Bowden-Peters, Principal Engineer, MBDA Missile Systems, UK
Henry Cross, Systems Engineer, MBDA Missile Systems, 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?

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


Chairman’s final remarks


Drinks reception at the Savoy Tup pub


Close of event

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

Platinum sponsor



IET Member - One day £400
(£500 including workshop)

Non member - One day £500
(£600 including workshop)

Student‡ - One day £250
(£300 including workshop)

Government/ military - One day £250
(£300 including workshop)

10% Group discount for three delegates or more*

‡ All students must have their applications endorsed by their Professor or Head of Department
*Group discount is not available on student bookings