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Space systems: trends, opportunities and challenges - an overview

Space systems are space vehicles and infrastructure working together to perform specific tasks in the space environment. We increasingly depend on space systems every day for communication, navigation, timing, business, science, land stewardship, search and rescue, and weather forecasting. Space systems can also improve our knowledge of the physical universe through celestial observation and planetary exploration and provide intelligence and surveillance that is advantageous for national defense. This presentation will provide an overview of space system engineering considerations and current industry trends, opportunities and challenges driven by technology maturation, proliferation, commercialization, globalization and both private and public sector investments in infrastructure and space assets.


Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


18 Sep 2019

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Add to Calendar 09/18/2019 19:00 09/18/2019 21:00 Space systems: trends, opportunities and challenges - an overview This presentation will provide an overview of space system engineering considerations and current industry trends. 3777 Henning Dr, Burnaby, BC V5C 6N5, Canada


Western Canada Local Network


David McQuiggan

David McQuiggan

IET Volunteer

IET CC-America, Committee Chair
IET Southern California Local Network, Committee Member
IET Satellite Systems & Application TPN, Exec. Team Member

David McQuiggan joined The Aerospace Corporation in 2014 as Principal Director within the Civil Systems Group (CSG), where he is responsible for growth through the acquisition of new civil, commercial and international programs, intellectual property technology transfer and licensing, and incubating new lines of business and service lines. Key customers for CSG include the National  Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and a wide number of other civil, commercial, and international organizations, including allied space agencies and ministries of defense.

David’s career has progressed from design engineer in the UK to senior level management and executive leadership experience with both private and public companies in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Prior to joining The Aerospace Corporation, he was interim CEO of a small U.S. defense contractor and prior to that, he led a VCfunded high-tech venture, through the development and commercialization of rugged fiber-optic distributed sensor systems for maritime, energy and communications markets. His early career was spent at Marconi, where he helped develop electro-optic sensors and infra-red imaging systems. His educational background includes a B.S. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath and an MBA from Yale University. Volunteer activities include: Chair for the Americas region for the IETy and other ex-officio roles.


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3777 Henning Drive
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