techUK/IET Small Satellites & Constellations Conference

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Space 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.

But Space is experiencing disruptive change; with new technologies, business models and market entrants, and the private sector increasing its share of space financing.

The 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 might be enabled by that?


9:15 - 10:00



10:00 -10:30


Session 1: Opening Keynote Speaker

  • Why small sats are integral to “New Space”. Implications: upstream, downstream, financing.
  • What new space has matured into and how we’ve got there

Paul Febvre, CTO, Satellite Catapult 

10:30 -11:00


Small Sats – Designing & Building in the UK

  • What’s happening in the mature space environment – how they got there and where they are heading

Craig Clark, CEO, Clydespace



Morning Networking Break

11:30 -12:00


Large Traditional Geo Satellites - Keynote Speaker


Ben Oliver, CEO, TAS

12:00 -12:40


Large Traditional Geo Satellites

  • Are small sats disruptive, complementary, or over-hyped?
  • What does it mean for larger satellites now that small satellites have demonstrated their worth?
  • Also cover OneWeb and Spectrum Management between GEOs/LEOs


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


Dr Stuart Eves, Lead Mission Concepts Engineer, SSTL

Mohaned Juwad, ‎Senior Manager - Spectrum Policy, Intelsat

Peter Aspden UK Marketing Manager, Satcom Business, Airbus

Eva Gonzalez, Manager, Advanced Payload Projects, Inmarsat

12:40 -13:50





Session 5 - Keynote Speaker: Constellations

  • Been there, here’s what we’ve learned, and why we’re investing in the next level

Walter Everetts, Vice President Satellite Operations & Ground Development, Iridium

14:20 -15:00



Session 6 - Panel Discussion - Launchers and Spaceport

  • Why we need launchers optimised for small sats?
  • Why does the UK need its own space port?
  • What are the challenges and what are people working on?



Claire Barcham, Satellite Launch Director, UKSA


Philip Davies, Managing Director, Deimos Space UK

Craig Clark, CEO, Clyde Space

Gerry Webb, Managing Director, Commercial Space Technologies Ltd



Afternoon Networking Break



Session 7 - Panel Discussion - Supply Chain

  • Where are the low cost terminals
  • Flat panel antennas?
  • New approaches to validation?






Andy Bennett, KTN


Denis Sutherland, Vice President, Global Business Development, idirect

Richard Pournelle, Senior VP, Business Development, NanoRacks

Ashley Dove-Jay, Oxford Space Systems

Bart Van Poucke, Vice President, Product Management, Newtec



Panel Discussion - Support for Business – Apps, Services and Investment

  • What might lowering the cost of access to space mean for downstream/academia and what support is in place?


Paul Febvre, Satellite Catapult


Joanne Wheeler, Bird & Bird (Chair, Satellite Finance Network)

Antonio Franchi, Future Projects Division, Telecommunications & Integrated Applications Directorate, ESA

Tim Just, Head of Space, Innovate UK

Shahida Barick, Head of Satellite Operations, Effective Space UK



Chairman’s Closing Remarks



Networking Drinks Reception – Kindly Sponsored by TAS


This event has been organised by techUK and the IET’s Satellite Systems and Applications Network.

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