2nd Satellite Applications and Services Conference

After a successful inaugural Satellite Applications & Services conference held at techUK in October 2015, we are pleased to announce the second edition of this successful conference in November 2016.

The first edition of this conference focussed on three key areas; Satellite connectivity, M2M and Transport. The 2016 event will again bring together leaders from across industry and government to investigate the new and emerging applications and services which are key to growing the space sector. 

Keynote speakers confirmed include: Katherine Courtney, CEO, UK Space Agency and Dr Farhana Amin, Chief Scientific Adviser’s Office, DEFRA

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Agenda: 

09:30 – 10:00 - Registration & Networking

10:00 – 10:05 - techUK welcome: Julian David, CEO

10:05 – 10:10 - Welcome from the conference chair: Julian McGougan

10:10 – 10:40 - Keynote address: Katherine Courtney, CEO UK Space Agency

10:40 – 11:10 - Keynote address: Philip Bates, Analysys Mason
Theme: Is there a future for satellite broadband?

11:10 – 11:30 - Coffee Networking Break

11:30 – 12:30 - Presentation & panel session on Role of satellites in a 5G world

(3 panellists, 10 minutes presentation each, followed by Q&A)

Theme: Satellite plays a (largely invisible) crucial role in cellular networks. They will for 5G, too. Connectivity, Backhauling & Emergency communications. But, even as the world goes 5G, satellite will continue to offer a range of unique connectivity solutions.

  • Chair: Professor Barry Evans, Surrey University
  • Paul Gudonis, Inmarsat
  • Kumar Singarajah, Avanti
  • Trevor Willoughby, Intelsat

12:30 – 13:00 - Keynote address: Dr Farhana Amin, DEFRA
Theme: Government use of satellite imaging & other data

13:00 – 14:00 - Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 - Presentation & panel session on Opening up Space to new services and applications and raising finance

(5 panellists, 7 minutes presentation each, followed by Q&A)

Theme: The small satellite industry offers cheaper satellites, delivered more quickly, which don’t require the complex ground systems or asset management of large satellites. Combined with new launch technologies, including rockets with re-usable stages, new private sector investors are changing the landscape for upstream.

  • Chair: Joanne Wheeler, Bird & Bird
  • Meidad Pariente, Sky and Space Global
  • Robin Sampson, ClydeSpace
  • Dr Marcell Tessenyi, Blue Skies Space
  • Richard Brook, E-Synergy
  • Mark Boggett, Seraphim

15:10 – 16:10 - Presentation & panel session on Democratising access to space technologies

(3 panellists, 10 minutes presentation each, followed by Q&A)

Theme: Satellite infrastructure is now Critical National Infrastructure. Space is increasingly a link to other sectors, underpinning navigation, connected & autonomous vehicles, identifying Illegal fishing, checking water quality – and, of course, Pokémon Go. So how do we make satellite accessible to a wider community, including start-ups?

  • Chair: Paul Febvre, Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Nick Appleyard, European Space Agency
  • Michelle Kennedy, ViaSat
  • Martin Stanley, Point4

16:10 – 16:20 - techUK close & thank you: Julian McGougan

16:20 - Event Close


Please note: Priority will be given to techUK members; a number of limited spaces are available to non-member organisations. 


Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring, speaking or discussing any ideas for this conference, please get in touch with Julian McGougan.

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