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SAE Media Group are proud to present the 18th annual Military Space Situational Awareness Conference, taking place on 26th and 27th April 2023.

As the leading conference in Europe dedicated to space domain awareness, you can expect a focus on partnership and collaboration. With over 200 attendees, this event remains a “must-attend” for any professional working in space situational awareness. You’ll get real insight and genuine learning experiences giving you the tools to make immediate impact in your organisation.
 

What’s different this year?

Many of the recent developments in SSA are centred around the emergence of new LEO constellations and how military users must adapt their SSA approaches to account for this. Similarly, increasing interest in cislunar space present unique challenges for the industry, as does renewed great power competition.

2023’s Military Space Situational Awareness conference will address these issues head-on, with key focuses including space domain awareness, space surveillance and tracking (SST), the US Space Force's approach to SDA, the impact of new mega-constellations, and international partnerships in space.
 

Military Space Situational Awareness 2023 will continue to break the mould and create a platform that will give you detailed knowledge and vision into the latest developments. Hear key programme updates from across the world, including the UK, USA, Italy, Austria, France, Portugal, Belgium, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Finland and more.

The only event that will:

Be focused entirely on military and defence issues, including international collaboration, space debris, and domain awareness. You can expect dedicated sessions on threats, defence engagement with the emerging commercial SDA marketplace, space weather and technical research and more!
 

This year’s forum will bring you access to key stakeholders across military, government, and industry to discuss the future of the sector. Enjoy unparalleled networking opportunities with senior leaders in SSA.

National militaries:
• Military Space Operations specialists
• Equipment procurement officers
• SSA and SDA experts
• Space Tracking professionals

Industry:
• Businesses looking to break into the market
• Established players looking to expand their contacts
• Developers and innovators in military space technology

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Stuart Eves

Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd
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9:00 National Space Domain Awareness – An Operator’s Perspective

Squadron Leader Andrew Dale

Squadron Leader Andrew Dale, Capability Delivery Staff Officer, UK Space Command

Flight Sergeant Ashley Higgins

Flight Sergeant Ashley Higgins, Senior Military Space Analyst, UK Space Command

9:30 Latest Developments in UK Space Surveillance and Tracking

Angus Stewart

Angus Stewart, Head of Space Surveillance, UK Space Agency
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  • An update on recent and upcoming opportunities in the UK’s civil Space Surveillance and Tracking programme
  • This will include detail on efforts to collaborate across civil, military and commercial boundaries
  • 10:00 Space Domain Awareness activities with the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

    Dr William Feline

    Dr William Feline, Principle Advisor - Space Domain Awareness, Cyber and Information Systems, DSTL
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  •  Novel sensor development
  • Cross-Government requirements definition
  • Space domain awareness experimentation activities
  • 10:30 Session Reserved for Lead Sponsor ExoAnalytic

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    12:00 Italian MOD: SSA Updates and Programmes

    Brigadier General Davide Cipelletti

    Brigadier General Davide Cipelletti, Chief - Space General Office, Italian Defence General Staff
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  • SDA in Italy: SICRAL and other major programmes, including optical and laser-
  • Key priorities for the Italian Air Force moving forward from the restructuring of its space setupbased monitoring of space assets
  • Incorporating debris mitigation practices into Italian military space operations
  • Future of Italy in space
  • 12:30 The Austrian Geospatial Institute: Military SSA for a Small Country

    Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann*

    Brigadier General Friedrich Teichmann*, Director Geospatial Institute, Austrian Armed Forces
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  •  The Geospatial Institute -  providing Geo-Data, Geo-Info-Products and Geo-Services for the Land- and Air-Forces, national and international missions 
  • How do SSA operations differ in a smaller nation? What should industry/the community bear in mind when working with smaller nations?
  • * Subject to Final Confirmation

    13:00 The French Military Space Domain Awareness Center (COSMOS)

    Lieutenant Colonel Clement Berthillot

    Lieutenant Colonel Clement Berthillot, Commander, French Space Command / COSMOS (Centre Opérationnel de Surveillance Militaire des Objets Spatiaux)
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  • French Space Command Organisation
  • French SDA situation 
  • French SDA challenges and perspectives
  • 13:30 Networking Lunch

    14:30 Session Reserved for LeoLabs

    15:00 Near-Peer Focus: China in Context

    Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney

    Dr Brendan S. Mulvaney, Director, China Aerospace Studies Institute USAF
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  • China’s space capability and what this means for the West
  • Chinese anti-satellite technology: implications for the US
  • China’s Military-Civil Fusion Strategy and Space
  • 15:30 Challenges and Threats in the Space Domain: SSA in Focus

    Makena Young

    Makena Young, Associate Fellow, Aerospace Security Project/Center for Strategic and International Studies
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  • The growing space and counterspace capabilities of hostile nations
  • Overview of destructive kinetic physical anti-satellite (ASAT) tests in recent years
  • The role of counter-space capabilities in Russia and Ukraine
  • 16:00 Afternoon Tea

    16:30 Quick Fire Presentations: Shifting Attention to the Global SDA Marketplace for Shared Security and Prosperity

  • SDA initiatives developed and run jointly with international military organizations to work with the emerging commercial space marketplace.
  • The bilateral agreement between the US and UK to deliver the 2020 International Space Pitch Day
  • Defense Innovation Unit’s initiatives to integrate 3rd party software from companies in multiple countries.
  • The International SDA Accelerator at Catalyst Campus 
  • Captain Jacob Singleton

    Captain Jacob Singleton, PM, Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability, Space Systems Command
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    Rachel Solomons

    Rachel Solomons, Scientific Advisor, UK Space Command
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    Major Nathan Gapp

    Major Nathan Gapp, Joint Program Manager, Space Innovation, The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), US DoD
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    17:30 Joint Q+A: The Global SDA Marketplace

    Captain Jacob Singleton

    Captain Jacob Singleton, PM, Deep Space Advanced Radar Capability, Space Systems Command
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    Rachel Solomons

    Rachel Solomons, Scientific Advisor, UK Space Command
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    Major Nathan Gapp

    Major Nathan Gapp, Joint Program Manager, Space Innovation, The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), US DoD
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    18:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Stuart Eves

    Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd
    View Bio

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Stuart Eves

    Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd
    View Bio

    9:00 USSF Partnering for Shared Space Domain Awareness

    F Schnell

    F Schnell, Chief, SDA Division, Space Systems Command

     
  • SSA - Essential for Protection 
  • SDA Architecture – Detect, Track & Identify focus
  • Reducing Exploitable Coverage Gaps & Associated Adversary Freedom of Action
  • Needs / Challenges / Opportunities
  • 9:30 Tactical Space Domain Awareness and International Cooperation

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Lintker

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Lintker, Commander, 18th Space Control Squadron, US Space Force
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  • 18 SPCS and its role
  • The 'Noise Floor'
  • Partnership as the norm: our approach
  • Strategies for increasing collaboration
  • 10:00 Enhancing Australia’s SSA Capability: Innovation and Interoperability

    Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Porter

    Lieutenant Colonel Cameron Porter, Deputy Director Space Domain Awareness, Australian Defence Space Command

  • Australian SSA/SDA Capability
  • Future planning - Improving sensor capability
  • Working with allied partners - joint facilities with the USA
  • 10:30 Session Reserved for Gold Sponsor

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    12:00 The Belgian Space Security Centre

    Major Nicolas Gerome

    Major Nicolas Gerome, Head of Space Office, Belgium Ministry of Defence
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  • Background for the SSC; why has it been set up now?
  • What are the core aims for the Centre
  • The path ahead
  • 12:30 The Portuguese Air Force’s SST Services

    Captain Marta Santos

    Captain Marta Santos, Deputy Coordinator of the SST Project, Manager for the SST Network, Portuguese Air Force
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  • Overview of Portugal’s steps regarding the implementation of Space as an Operational Field
  • The SST Project in focus
  • Where does it fit with EU-SST?
  • SST Project capabilities
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 The Air and Space Warfare School: Educating UK Space Professionals

    Squadron Leader Laura Ridley-Siddall

    Squadron Leader Laura Ridley-Siddall, Officer Commanding Advanced Space Education, Air and Space Warfare School , Royal Air Force
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  •  An overview of the Air and Space Warfare School
  • Specific efforts based around SSA education
  • The Qualified Space Instructor Course
  • Lessons from Exercise RED FLAG
  • Keeping pace with rapid innovation and increasing capability requirements
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    14:30 STARCOM and SDA: How the US Space Force Will Train its Future SDA Professionals

    Lieutenant Colonel Joan Thompson

    Lieutenant Colonel Joan Thompson, Commander, 13th Delta Operations Squadron, Space Delta 13, US Space Force

  • USSF and training: how STARCOM will operate and progress since formation in August 2021
  • SDA training: what are the main issues with training SDA professionals and how we are overcoming them
  • Integration of training technology: what approaches are we using with our trainees?
  • SDA doctrine: how we are keeping ahead of tactics and doctrine, and what we are teaching
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 NOAA Space Weather Support for Space Situational Awareness

    Jinni Meehan

    Jinni Meehan, National Space Weather Program Manager, NOAA
    View Bio

  •  NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center: The United States official source of space weather alerts, watches, and warnings
  • Space weather support, including space environment research, observations, modeling, and forecasting, for the space situational awareness mission 
  • Highly accurate space weather data and predictions to drive advanced models for precision orbital calculations: collision avoidance measures to ensure a safer operating environment in the space domain for civil, defense, and commercial space operators 
  • 16:00 Space-based situational awareness with joint communication and sensing

    Marko Hoyhtya

    Marko Hoyhtya, Research Professor, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
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  • Exploiting existing assets
  • VTT’s role in Finnish SSA research and development
  • Building a multi-layered network
  • Tackling the needs and opportunities of national stakeholders through industry contributions
  • Concrete steps to strengthen both innovation and business activities in this rapidly developing area
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Stuart Eves

    Stuart Eves, Director, SJE Space Ltd
    View Bio

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    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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