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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


Workshop programme - 13 June 2018

Wednesday 13 June 2018


Registration and refreshments


IET and Chairman’s welcome and introduction

Dave Davis, MBE, Technical Director, VT iDirect


Workshop 1 - Open vs closed satcom architectures: How can commercial technology be exploited to provide flexible and interoperable satellite communications to augment a hardened milsatcom core for military users?

An overview of the requirements of military end users, with a focus on a discussion of open vs closed satcom system architectures. An interactive session, with input from the floor welcomed and encouraged, we’ll discuss various technical and operational aspects to the issues of interoperability and reliance on a single equipment platform for the end user.

Attendees will learn about the requirements of the end user from the session leaders and fellow attendees, plus ways that this particular issue can be addressed with effective policies, processes and technology to maximise interoperability and reduce the need for multiple equipments.

Rick Greenwood, VP Engineering and Operations CIS Satcom, Airbus Defence and Space, UK
Gp Capt Jason Young, Dep Hd Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS), MOD ISS, UK




Workshop 1 (continued)

A follow up question to the first part of the discussion; once a flexible solution is provided, how can it be secured effectively?

Within the confines of an open, unclassified discussion, the session leader and audience will discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities when approaching the application of cyber and security tools on commercial technology.

Rick Greenwood, VP Engineering and Operations CIS Satcom, Airbus Defence and Space, UK
Chris Dunn, Consultant, 3SDL, UK
Flt Lt Chris Rhodes, Qualified Space Instructor, RAF, UK




Workshop 2 - How cutting edge antenna technology could impact the MilSatcom environment, in particular for COTM

Flat panel antennas are becoming increasingly available and there is much talk of their impending ubiquitous use.

Is there a need in the military environment? What are the advantages and risks? Is the smaller military market being ignored in favor of large scale commercial market?

Dave Davis, MBE, Technical Director, VT iDirect, UK
David Garrood, Senior Vice President, Phasor, UK
Oleg Roiberg, CTO, GetSAT, Israel
John Finney, Founder and CEO, Isotropic Systems, UK


Refreshment break


Workshop 3 - Space situational awareness: The threats to satcoms and the tools and technology needed to mitigate these threats

Space Situational Awareness has never been more important what with the increasingly crowded space environment posing a palpable threat to commercial and military satcoms. As a result, we must prevent the situation from worsening but also look to potential techniques, tools and technology which could help us mitigate the threat of collisions, Adjacent Satellite Interference (ASI) and Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI).

AI-based solutions look particularly promising in this respect, especially if we are able to integrate real-time orbital data with simulated information from as many sources as possible.

That way, we can develop AI processes which could potentially prevent disaster, as well as solve incidences quicker. This workshop will explore the current state of Space Situational Awareness and the threats facing commercial and military satcoms, but most importantly it will discuss the solutions available now and those needed in the future for effective collision avoidance and interference mitigation.

This discussion-based workshop will provide the opportunity for attendees to directly engage with the presenter while a live RFI geolocation session will demonstrate one of the latest technologies available for RFI mitigation.

Martin Coleman, Executive Director, Satellite Interference Reduction Group
Guido Baraglo, Director, Satellite Interference Reduction Group


Retire to Blumlein room for private discussions and networking drinks reception with IET Satellite Systems and Applications Engineering Community (TPN)



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

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