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Returning for its third year, Global MilSatCom will once again host a dedicated pre-conference focus day exploring Small Satellites, future launch and disruptive approaches to technology development. Bringing together key organisations within the small satellite ecosystem, those at the cutting edge of future R&D and government end users – this focus day will provide a holistic overview of emerging new space.

As the first mega-constellations come online, how this key technology will revolutionise connectivity on terra firma remains a key question for space professionals. Delving in depth to key topics such as future launch, rapid acquisition approaches, space propulsion, LEO networks, HAPS/HALE and more this year’s focus day is sure to be an unmissable introduction to the world of SATCOM and a critical diary date for anyone looking to explore the next generation of space technologies

Focus Day programme

9:00 Registration & Coffee

9:15 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
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9:30 Delivering the Disruptive: Future Launch & Development of Small Satellites

Mr Clive Oates

Mr Clive Oates, Head of Strategic Business Opportunities, Surrey Satellites, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
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  • Providing end-to-end space mission design, test, launch and operation for small satellites
  • SSTL 42 & SSTL 300: providing low cost LEO capability with high performance architecture
  • Successes of the REMOVEDEBRIS mission on creating responsible management of LEO assets
  • Partnering with Orbex to carry experimental payloads from 2021
  • Future development of sovereign UK launch – rethinking how we deliver small satellites moving forward
  • 10:00 Small Sats, Payloads and Data: Trends in Future Space

    Mr Mark Boggett

    Mr Mark Boggett, CEO, Seraphim Capital
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  • Seraphim within the context of the UK’s space strategy: developing innovation through venture funds
  • Data requires in the IoT era – why new small satellites represent the future of space
  • The current start up landscape & where hosted payload provision can enable future cubesat development
  • The UK & Harwell as a technology hub for disruptive technology development
  • Investment and accelerator programmes of Seraphim – harnessing the power
  • 10:30 Meeting the Challenges of the New Space Age

    Dr Juan Reveles

    Dr Juan Reveles, Chief Technology Officer, Oxford Space Systems
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  • Delivering innovative and scalable structures that save on build and launch costs
  • Deployable antennas for small satellites – key considerations for composite material and their compatibility with the space environment
  • Other applications of innovative composite structures: Oxford Space Systems boom on AlSat-Nano & REMOVEDEBRIS missions
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Panel: The UK as a New Launch Nation: Priorities for the Development of New Sites

  • An introduction to the panellists and opening remarks
  • Horizontal and vertical launch – payload, cost and range factors for respective sites
  • Promoting a collective vision for the UK launch market – ensuring each site fulfils a niche within the future framework
  • The business case for sovereign launch capability for the UK
  • Final concluding thoughts from the panellists
  • Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
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    Mr Miles Carden

    Mr Miles Carden, Director, Spaceport Cornwall
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    Ms Yvette Hopkins

    Ms Yvette Hopkins, Director of Operations, Shetland, Shetland Space Centre

    Mr Ben Jarvis

    Mr Ben Jarvis, CEO, Raptor Aerospace Ltd
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    12:15 Future Space & Disruption in the Satellite Market

    Mr Craig Clark

    Mr Craig Clark, Chief Scientific Officer and Founder, Clyde Space / AAC Clyde
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  • How standardised, proven and robust platforms will provide the bedrock of the LEO economy
  • The range for Cubesats: from 1U to Innosat: provision of capability across all requirements
  • Performance considerations for small satellites – providing the bandwidth and resolution demanded by current operators
  • Encryption as a standard for authentication in space assets
  • Future partnerships that will build ‘space as a service’
  • 12:45 Networking Lunch

    13:45 Bringing Space Down to Earth: with Spaceships from the Clyde

    Professor Malcolm Macdonald

    Professor Malcolm Macdonald, Chair of Space Technology & Director of Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, SoXSA, University of Strathclyde & SoXSA
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  • New approaches, technologies, & concepts for future agile constellations
  • Small satellite quantum key distribution for secure end-to-end communications
  • Inter-satellite optical communications using LEDs
  • Where are we going? Anticipated developments in the small satellites sector
  • 14:15 Faraday Service: Providing Rapid, Ultra-Low Cost Access to LEO

    Mr Douglas  Liddle

    Mr Douglas Liddle, CEO, In-Space Missions Limited
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  • Leveraging mature newspace technology for the Faraday project
  • Providing commercial in-orbit demonstrations in Q3 of 2019
  • How ride-sharing can transform access to space for small nations and organisations
  • Future hosted payload opportunities and how the industry can exploit them
  • Responsive space for commercial and institutional customers
  • 14:45 Afternoon Tea

    15:15 IoT as a Space Enabled Technology: Utilising Small Satellites for New Networks

    Dr Rainer Wansch

    Dr Rainer Wansch, Head of Department, RF and SatCom Systems, Fraunhofer IIS
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  • Wireless data transmission systems utilised in industry and for the consumer
  • The role of satellites in IoT
  • Future hybrid systems to support low cost IoT connectivity
  • Technical challenges to be overcome in using LEO constellations for IoT applications
  • Technology for reducing the terminal power and enabling antenna directivity for links
  • Steerable antennas for LEO small satellites – IoT implications
  • 15:45 Modelling and Simulation Perspectives on Future UK Launch

    Mr Ben Jarvis

    Mr Ben Jarvis, CEO, Raptor Aerospace Ltd
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  • The current launch landscape – bringing back spaceflight to the UK and the obstacle this presents
  • Collaboration with the spaceport providers to model and simulate launches to ensure they are safely and effectively achieved
  • Support for the sub-orbital launch market in the UK
  • Hardware flight testing and training programmes for the launch providers
  • 16:15 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley, Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
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    16:30 Close of Focus Day

    19:00 Pre-Conference Dinner at the Army-Navy Club Sponsored by Lockheed Martin (Invitation Only)



    Dr Juan Reveles

    Dr Juan Reveles

    Chief Technology Officer, Oxford Space Systems
    Mr Craig Clark

    Mr Craig Clark

    Chief Scientific Officer and Founder, Clyde Space / AAC Clyde
    Mr Mark Boggett

    Mr Mark Boggett

    CEO, Seraphim Capital

    Dr Juan Reveles

    Chief Technology Officer, Oxford Space Systems
    Dr Juan Reveles

    Dr Juan Reveles is the co-founder and CTO of Oxford Space Systems and a board-level director in the same company. He has several patents in the area of deployable structures to his name and has authored more than 25 papers published in conference proceedings and in peer reviewed journals.
    His current focus at OSS is the development of deployable reflector antennas operating in the C, X and Ka bands.
    He has been a guest lecturer at Brunel and Cranfield Universities, an external examiner at Cranfield University and has co-supervised five MSc thesis in the area of Astronautics and Space Engineering.

    Dr Rainer Wansch

    Head of Department, RF and SatCom Systems, Fraunhofer IIS
    Dr Rainer Wansch

    Current Work Topics:
    On-Board processor for satellite communications
    Wideband technologies for satellite communications (DVB-S2X, Annex E)
    M2M technologies for satellite communications
    Management of industrial and research projects on national and international level
    Beam-Forming antennas
    Satellite reception antennas in L-, S- and Ku-Band
    Antenna array calibration techniques
    RFID antennas
    Antenna measurements: pattern, gain and G/T
    Cognitive radio technology
    Since 1996 with Fraunhofer IIS, RF and Microwave Design Department
    Antenna design for mobiles and DECT, Zigbee, RFID, localization systems, satellite antennas
    Antenna measurements for small antennas and satellite antennas
    Electromagnetic simulation using CST, HFSS, EMPIRE, HP Momentum, Sonnet and NEC Pro
    Modelling of antennas for research project in the field of microsystems (MIMOSYS)
    Project leader in many research projects

    Mark Boggett

    CEO, Seraphim Capital
    Mark Boggett

    Mr Ben Jarvis

    CEO, Raptor Aerospace Ltd
    Mr Ben Jarvis

    Ben Jarvis has been involved in rockets and launch activities in the UK for almost thirty years. Initially as a keen amateur running sponsored record-breaking projects and then moving into commercial launch activities offering flight testing of systems and scientific and educational payloads. Ben now runs Raptor Aerospace Ltd, offering sub-orbital launch services and related technologies through the 'Raptor-Launch' sub-brand and unique practical training and launch simulation through 'Raptor-Training'. Ben has spent much of the past year involved with authorities and service providers assisting in development of the legislative and practical elements of the new

    Mr Clive Oates

    Head of Strategic Business Opportunities, Surrey Satellites, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
    Mr Clive Oates

    Mr Oates is Head - Strategic Business Opportunities for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, where he is responsible for driving key strategic initiatives across earth observation, communications, navigation and lunar.

    Prior to joining SSTL, Mr Oates spent 25 years with Ericsson holding senior executive roles in software engineering, technology solutions and business development - working in Sweden, Canada and South Africa.

    Mr Oates started his career working for NATO’s Communication and Information Agency in The Netherlands working on the software design of Air Command and Control Systems. Clive Oates holds an Honours degree in Physics and Computer Science.

    Mr Craig Clark

    Chief Scientific Officer and Founder, Clyde Space / AAC Clyde
    Mr Craig Clark

    Craig is a successful space technology entrepreneur and is the Founder of Clyde Space, Scotland’s first space company.  Awarded an MBE for services to Technology and Innovation in 2013, Craig is considered a leading figure in the Scottish and UK space industry.  Craig sits on a number of Boards including Council of Economic Advisors to the Scottish Government, UK Space Sector Council and Scottish Space Leadership Council.

    Mr Douglas Liddle

    CEO, In-Space Missions Limited
    Mr Douglas  Liddle

    After leaving Oxford in 1993 with an MA in Physics, Doug joined the Defence Research Agency (QinetiQ) to work on space surveillance and military satcom. 

    In 2001, Doug moved to Surrey Satellites where he developed several new spacecraft including Europe’s first Galileo demonstrator; ran the Science and Exploration business; and delivered multiple imagers and satellites including the UK’s first cubesat.

    In 2015, Doug founded In-Space Missions to develop space enabled services and offer expert advice. Doug has delivered consultancy to government, academia and industry; created the Faraday demonstration platform; and founded a company delivering real time immersive video from space.

    Mr Mark Boggett

    CEO, Seraphim Capital
    Mr Mark Boggett

    Mark Boggett is CEO of Seraphim Capital a London based venture firm. The team manage the Seraphim Space Fund, a pioneering $90m fund backed by a range of leading space corporates such as Airbus, SES and Telespazio seeking investments in space related start-ups. He is also director of Seraphim Space Camp an accelerator backed by Rolls Royce, DSTL, Inmarsat, ESA and UK Space Agency. Mark is a director of UK Space Tech Angels and is Chairman of the London Co-investment Fund – one of the most active seed stage tech investors in Europe. Prior to Seraphim he was at YFM Equity Partners serving on their main board for a number of years and working on the British Smaller Company VCT 1 and 2. He has a Degree in Accounting & Finance, MA in Economics & Finance from the University of Leeds and a range of professional investment qualifications.

    Mr Miles Carden

    Director, Spaceport Cornwall
    Mr Miles Carden

    Miles has worked in the property industry for 32 years starting his career as a commercial property surveyor. Moving on to regeneration Miles has worked on the delivery of major regeneration and development projects such as; The Eden project, National Maritime Museum Cornwall and The Combined Universities in Cornwall. 

    In 2010 Miles joined the Aerohub Team in Cornwall Development Company and has led a major programme of investment to grow an aerospace cluster at Cornwall Airport Newquay; culminating in the award of Enterprise Zone status at in August 2011 followed by Goonhilly Earth Station being awarded Enterprise Zone status in April 2016.

    Since Jan 2014 Miles has lead the development of Spaceport Cornwall at Cornwall Airport Newquay. Spaceport Cornwall is a partnership between Cornwall Council and Virgin orbit and will be the UK’s Horizontal Launch Solution that will provide low cost, repeatable access to space from 2021.

    Ms Yvette Hopkins

    Director of Operations, Shetland, Shetland Space Centre
    Ms Yvette Hopkins

    Professor Malcolm Macdonald

    Chair of Space Technology & Director of Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, SoXSA, University of Strathclyde & SoXSA
    Professor Malcolm Macdonald

    Professor and Chair of Space Technology at the University of Strathclyde, Director of the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, SoXSA, and a non-executive member of the UK Space Agency Steering Board, Macdonald is an acknowledged expert in space research that has worked in industry, academia, and government. He was the only non-US member of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s committee on ‘Achieving Science Goals with CubeSats’, he is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Director, Northern Space & Security Ltd
    Squadron Leader (Ret'd) Ralph Dinsley

    Sqn Ldr (Retd) Ralph “Dinz” Dinsley is a retired RAF officer with more than 32 years of active service as an Aerospace Battle Manager including 16 years as a surveillance of space practitioner and space situational awareness advocate. His final assignments included leading the RAF contribution to global SSA in 2 significant programmes. Dinz’s unique military experience is further underpinned, as a CAS Fellow, with an MA in Peace and Development from Leeds Metropolitan University; his dissertation covering "Critical Perspectives on UK Space Security". Since retirement from the military in September 2017 Dinz formed, and is now Executive Director of NorSS Ltd, an innovative Northumberland based SSA company. Additionally, he was one of the founding members of SAINTS (Situational Awareness Information National Technology Service) a group of NE tech companies developing SA for government, industry and academia. He is also an observer to the Hague Space Resource Governance Working Group.


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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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