SATELLITE 2021 Program

Welcome to the SATELLITE 2021 Conference Program!

In 2021, SATELLITE is celebrating 40 years of bringing you the content, interviews, and discussions that drive innovation and forward progression in the industry.  The past twelve months have certainly been unprecedented times when it comes to meeting face to face with other professionals, but one thing that hasn’t wavered is our ability to put forth quality content.  As we continue to navigate unchartered waters, we’re committed to bringing you unparalleled value with your SATELLITE registration and expanding your access to the leaders in the satellite community, be it through digital programs or in-person sessions. 

Explore the Program

  1. The SATELLITE 2021 Conference includes several digital programs in addition to the in-person event in July. You can view these programs by clicking a blue button along the top of the conference grid. The digital forums are part of the SATELLITE Conference, and access is determined by which pass you hold.
  2. You can filter sessions by type, by registration pass, or by content topic with the options on the left. The sessions displayed will be a part of at least one option, so the more you select, the more you will see.

Monday, April 5

Moderator
Mark Holmes
Editorial Director, Aerospace
Via Satellite
Mark Dankberg
Chairman of the Board, Executive Chairman and Co-founder
Viasat
Stéphane Israël
CEO
Arianespace
William Milroy
Chairman and CTO
ThinKom Solutions, Inc.
Blad Stavropoulos
Sr. Director Solution Engineering
Intellian Technologies
Via Satellite magazine presents the winner of the 2020 Satellite Executive of the Year and 2020 Technology of the Year Awards.

Tuesday, April 6

9:00 am - 9:30 am
Digital Platform
Daniel S. Goldberg
President and Chief Executive Officer
Telesat
Telesat set the industry abuzz recently by announcing a huge investment in its LightSpeed LEO constellation. It is investing billions of dollars into the system in one of the most ambitious projects seen in the industry recently. The initial 298 satellite constellation is a major statement of intent. In our first major keynote for the Digital LEO Forum, Dan Goldberg, Telesat's CEO talks about LightSpeed and why he thinks the system is destined to propel Telesat towards an exciting future.
9:40 am - 10:30 am
Digital Platform
Moderator
Mark Holmes
Editorial Director, Aerospace
Via Satellite
Peter de Selding
Co-Founder, Editor
Space Intel Report
Caleb Henry
Senior Analyst
Quilty Analytics
Christopher Baugh
President
NSR
Amy Saunders
Editor
Satellite Evolution Group
Every one has an opinion on LEO and these new constellations. Some of the biggest names in terms of journalists/analysts in the sector gather to have a full and frank discussion on who the winners and losers might be when it comes to LEO.
10:40 am - 11:30 am
Digital Platform
Moderator
Mark Holmes
Editorial Director, Aerospace
Via Satellite
Moderator
Sarah Simon
Senior Analyst
Berenberg Capital Markets Llc
Rodolphe Belmer
CEO
Eutelsat
Steve Collar
CEO
SES
Mark Dankberg
Chairman of the Board, Executive Chairman and Co-founder
Viasat
Pradman Kaul
President
Hughes an EchoStar Company
Gwynne Shotwell
President & COO
SpaceX
In this panel, you'll hear from some of the top influencers in the satellite sector to discuss the future landscape in light of recent announcements. How will the demand for satellite capacity change, and what role will GEO satellites have on this new landscape? Join us to discuss the new world order and how LEO satellites will fit alongside GEO and even MEO satellites.
Mark Boggett
CEO
Seraphim Capital
Michael Collett
Managing Partner
Promus Ventures
Michael Mealling
COO
Starbridge Venture Capital
Moderator
Dara Panahy
Partner
Milbank LLP
Sunil Nagaraj
Founder & Managing Partner
Ubiquity Ventures
We get a series of investors talking about how they see the risks/rewards of investing in all parts of the LEO eco-system. With a chequered history and uncertain future, what is the appeal here for investors?
Thomas Van den Driessche
Chief Commercial Officer
ST Engineering iDirect
Sponsored by:
   
It's a new era for the satellite industry, and that in itself is a daunting prospect. Navigating new business models whilst balancing technology advancements is a challenge in itself. How can satellite service providers offer the full suite applications on a LEO constellation? What multi-orbit ground technology innovations will enable satellite companies to ease into this new era successfully, both financially and technologically?
Moderator
Rachel Jewett
VIa Satellite Managing Editor
Via Satellite
Bryan Hartin
Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Iridium Communications
Peter Hadinger
CTO
Inmarsat, Inc.
Ronald van der Breggen
Founder and Owner
Independent Consultant
The likes of SpaceX and Amazon are changing the industry. New business models are emerging and companies are mixing manufacture/launch/operator in one business models. After the industry has been clearly defined for many years in silos, how will the changes in these new models affect the overall LEO and satellite industry?

Wednesday, April 7

9:30 am - 10:10 am
Digital Platform
Neil Masterson
CEO
OneWeb
The rise, fall, and rise again of OneWeb was one of the biggest stories in satellite last year. The company, now owned by the UK Government and Bharti Global, is now looking forward to an exciting future after a headline-making and somewhat turbulent 2020. Neil Masterson, who was appointed OneWeb's CEO in November 2020, speaks for the first time at a major satellite event about why the future of the company is brighter than ever.
Tom Choi
Chair
Airspace Internet Exchange

Tom Choi presents his plan to build and launch a 240 satellite constellation system called ‘Curvanet’. Learn about Choi's quest to shake up the LEO world.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Digital Platform
Moderator
Karen Jones
Center for Space Policy and Analysis
Aerospace
Stephen Eisele
Vice President of Business Development
Virgin Orbit
Lilac Muller
Vice President of Product Management
KYMETA CORPORATION
Frederik Simoens
CTO
ST Engineering iDirect
With so many hundreds, if not thousands, of LEO satellites going up, there will be more pressure than ever on the technology ecosystem from the manufacturers, the antenna suppliers, the launchers and others to keep up with this huge demand. Here, we have a selection of key technology companies talk about how they plan to serve the LEO market and how they adapting to this decade of change.

Thursday, April 8

9:15 am - 9:50 am
Digital Platform
Moderator
Mark Holmes
Editorial Director, Aerospace
Via Satellite
Matt Desch
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Iridium Communications
Sponsored by:
   
The space industry has captured the world's attention in a way unseen since the moon landings. The booming business environment sees dozens of new launch providers, satellite companies and value-added service providers entering the industry. Some are even looking to go public via SPAC with some remarkable revenue projections. Having walked down the SPAC road and turned Iridium into a model of LEO success, Iridium CEO Matt Desch will share his thoughts on the state of the industry, what risks are ahead for these new entrants and lessons learned along the way.
10:00 am - 10:50 am
Digital Platform
Moderator
Mark Holmes
Editorial Director, Aerospace
Via Satellite
Klaus Bruun Egeberg
Head of Mobility & Connectivity, Fleet Technology
Maersk
Carlos Carbajal
CEO
Omni Access
Norman Haughton
Director, IFEC Product and Analytics
Air Canada
Daniel Iriarte
IFEC Specialist- Onboard Product
Aeroméxico
Will Mudge
Vice President, Engineering Operations
Speedcast
Maritime, aero, road, rail. The opportunities for satellite and mobility seem impressive. These markets each have their unique dynamics - will the multi-faceted mobility market live up to the hype?
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Digital Platform
Moderator
Jeffrey Hill
Chair
SATELLITE 2021
Rich Leshner
Executive Vice President of Operations
Planet
Pranav Pasricha
Global Head P&C Solutions
Swiss Re
Justin Zhen
Co-Founder
Thinknum Alternative Data
As more complex AI and software becomes part of the satellite industry going forward, and as the pace of change increases, new use cases for IoT could emerge. Where does satellite make sense now where perhaps it didn't in the past? How could companies benefit from a satellite play?
Paul Woods
Chief Innovation Officer
Global Fishing Watch
Details coming soon.
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Digital Platform
Moderator
Nathan de Ruiter
Managing Director, Canada
Euroconsult
William Chappell
CTO, Azure Global
Microsoft
Theresa Condor
EVP, GM Spire Space Services / GM Earth Intelligence
Spire Global
Kyle Whitehill
Chief Executive Officer
AVANTI COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
While COVID has dampened some optimism right now, there was very much a feeling this would be a roaring 20s for the satellite sector. Despite a sluggish start to the decade, there is still plenty of opportunity in front of us. What will the mix of satellites be as the decade advances? How will GEO/LEO/MEO develop and how things might look at the start of the 2030s?

Tuesday, May 18

5:00 am - 5:30 am
Digital Platform
Speaker information coming soon!
5:45 am - 6:30 am
Digital Platform
Ruy Pinto
CTO
SES
Europe has ambitions to realize its own global constellation, but what does the EC + ESA hope to achieve? How realistic it is for institutions to deliver a successful and competitive solution, and what are the challenges that could stand in their way? And finally, what this means for the private companies who will invest in it in terms of competing on an already moving commercial market?
Moderator
Mark Holmes
Editorial Director, Aerospace
Via Satellite
Fuad Aslanov
Head of Business Development
Azercosmos OJSC
Kheng Ghee
Head of Satellite & Voice Support
Singtel Satellite
Yau Chyong Lim
COO
MEASAT
Roger Tong
CEO
AsiaSat
Asia presents huge opportunities for satellite. It is home to vast country populations, spread out geographies and a lack of terrestrial infrastructure. However, there has been a lot of management changes among the big players in the region. What are the prospects for some of biggest regional players here and how has the demand for satellite-based services change?
7:45 am - 8:15 am
Digital Platform

Wednesday, May 19

Scott Mumford
Group Managing Executive - Satellite & VSAT
Liquid Telcom
Aurélien Vigano
VP International Transmission Networks
Orange Business Services
A mix of service providers and customers about their changing needs for satellite as we enter this new decade. Is there still frustration with bandwidth pricing and availability? Cost of satellite equipment? Here we get the perspective from end users and how their story blends with the satellite industry's story.
6:30 am - 7:15 am
Digital Platform
Dr. Lin-Nan Lee
VP, Advanced Development Engineering Group
Hughes an EchoStar Company
While projects and trials have already validated satellite technology to enable key 5G use cases and important work continues in 3GPP on NTN, the jury is still out on whether 5G will really be a Network of Networks that includes satellite or whether it is just the next generation of mobile connectivity. Does 5G really need satellite? Do MNOs really care? If so, are satellite operators doing enough to make sure satellite can be part of the eco-system before 5G networks are actually deployed?
Nicole Grainger
Strategic Marketing Manager
Collins Aerospace
John Padgett
Chief Experience and Innovation Officer
Carnival Corporation & PLC
We know the satellite industry has relied heavily on cruise, shipping and airline customers in recent times. However, these were some of the hardest hit industries after COVID. How are regional airlines and cruise companies bouncing back after an incredibly difficult 2020? What has changed since pre-COVID times and what are the plans for moving forward?
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Digital Platform

Thursday, May 20

4:00 am - 4:45 am
Room: Virtual Meeting Location

The satellite world is changing across the world, as the LEO ‘revolution’ starts to impact things. However, while there is a lot of focus on North America, how will things change in Europe, Middle East, and Africa? Will traditional GEO operators need to adapt and look at other options? A number of key operators will discuss what they need to do successfully to stay relevant and profit from space’s dynamic future. 

 

More African countries are becoming space players and new Space Agencies are emerging. Can African operators be successful in view of strong competition from larger operators? Is cooperation a better solution to drive satellite connectivity across Africa and develop know-how for local companies? What steps do African countries, space agencies and organizations like ATU need to take to support African space players and the satellite industry overall?
6:00 am - 6:30 am
Digital Platform
Details coming soon!

Tuesday, June 15

Jeffrey Hill
Chair
SATELLITE 2021
SATELLITE 2021 Chairman Jeffrey Hill welcomes this year's Satellite 101 attendees with a brief overview of our event's long history, what attendees can expect to experience and learn, and how they can meet and engage with industry leaders at the D.C. Convention Center in July. We'll also highlight key topics, speakers, and programs that may interest you in the weeks and months ahead!
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Digital Platform
This is where your satellite industry education starts! The commercial space ecosystem involves a space segment (things in space), a ground segment (things on the ground), and even a "virtual" segment (things in the cloud). In our opening Satellite 101 session, attendees will learn: the types of orbits; the types of satellites (GEO satellites, smallsats, nanosatellites, etc.); how satellite competes with/works with terrestrial; the different bandwidths and their strengths/weaknesses; and the satellite supply chain.
Moderator
Jeffrey Hill
Chair
SATELLITE 2021
David Hartshorn
CEO
Geeks Without Frontiers
Satellites can do everything from live broadcasting to high-speed wireless connectivity to thermal imaging. This session will explain everything that modern satellites can do. Attendees will learn who, how, and why satellites provide: mobile comms-on-the move; IoT; satellite backhaul (and what backhaul means); broadcast services; secure milsatcom; 5G; imagery/sensing; and geolocation/navigation.

Wednesday, June 16

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Digital Platform
David Meltzer
Secretary General
GVF
Robert Bell
Executive Director
WTA
Are satellite terminals and antennas the same thing? Even industry veterans get confused by all the tech terminology involving ground hardware. During this session, attendees will learn: What antennas, terminals, and teleports are and what differentiates them; system power requirements; physical vs. virtual systems and working with the cloud; how to receive training and technical support for ground systems; what comes in the box and what you need to buy.
Moderator
Rachel Jewett
VIa Satellite Managing Editor
Via Satellite
Nathan de Ruiter
Managing Director, Canada
Euroconsult
Andrew Penn
Senior Associate
Avascent
Mathieu Robilliard
Director - Equity Research
Barclays
This session provides an overview of how commercial satellite companies function as businesses. Attendees will learn: the scale and needs of the markets satellites serve; the market share of leading providers; supply and demand for satellite services and how that impacts pricing; disruptive technologies, startups, and new business practices; and regulatory and policy challenges that impact the industry.

Thursday, June 17

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Digital Platform
Walt Anderson
Managing Director
AVEALTO Ltd.
Ethan Lin
Co-Founder, Vice President
TMY Technology Inc
Anirudh Sharma
CEO
Digantara India
Thomas Yen
CEO & Co-Founder
Tensor Tech
This year, Startup Space will feature interactive presentations from the industry's most innovative new entrants. Entrepreneurs will deliver their quick pitches to our audience, followed by an interactive questions and answer session. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about the up-and-coming businesses and their disruptive space technologies!
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Digital Platform
Walt Anderson
Managing Director
AVEALTO Ltd.
Ethan Lin
Co-Founder, Vice President
TMY Technology Inc
Anirudh Sharma
CEO
Digantara India
Thomas Yen
CEO & Co-Founder
Tensor Tech
This year, Startup Space will feature interactive presentations from the industry's most innovative new entrants. After our entrepreneurs delivered their quick pitches to our audience, we now follow with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and learn more about their disruptive space technologies!

Monday, July 26

Rick Baldridge
CEO
Viasat
Matt Desch
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Iridium Communications
Luigi Pasquali
CEO
Telespazio S.p.A.
Moderator
Christopher Baugh
President
NSR
As 2020 challenged the industry in every portion of the ecosystem, satellite operators now are at a crossroads. What was once a straightforward selling proposition, offering only MHz in an increasingly competitive and value-add driven space makes the path forward murkier than ever. New applications, partnerships, strategies, acquisitions and potential exits are all on the table as operators plot their road ahead. This panel of satellite operators will discuss critical issues facing the operator business, and explore the short-, mid- and long-term growth strategies to improve their financial outlook.
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Room: 207B
Moderator
Naia Butler-Craig
Graduate Researcher
Georgia Institute of Technology
Marcus Collier-Wright
Co-Founder & CTO
Neutron Star Systems
Thierry Lemoine
Chief Technical Officer of Thales MIS
Thales Microwave and Imaging Sub-Systems
Jim Maser
Senior Vice President, Space
Aerojet Rocketdyne
Ryan McDevitt
CEO
Benchmark Space Systems
In this session, you'll hear lively discussion on new advances in spacecraft propulsion technology, including: powerful electric propulsion systems; longer lasting smallsats; stratosphere-to-space rockets; propulsion for in-space robotics, and more! Learn more about the latest developments on the systems that - literally - keep our industry moving!
Moderator
Andrew Penn
Senior Associate
Avascent
A new U.S. presidential administration means new leadership at NASA, the Department of Defense, the FCC and numerous government organizations that partner with the satellite industry. This session will explore how President Joe Biden will shape U.S. space policy and engage with global allies during the next four years. Panelists will also discuss the future of the U.S. Space Force, opportunities for new government and commercial industry partnerships, and new regulatory policies for bandwidth allocation, including spectrum payments for 5G.
Moderator
Brad Bode
Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder
ATLAS Space Operations, Inc.
John Corrigan
Senior VP Engineering
Hughes an EchoStar Company
Stefan Gardefjord
President & CEO
Swedish Space Corporation (SSC)
Sean Yarborough
VP Product Management
ST Engineering iDirect
Dedi David Haziza
CEO and Founder
Wafer Technologies LTD
Sponsored by:
   
One of the most complicated processes satellite owners experience in mission planning is the implementation of ground communication tools. At this stage, problems can manifest in several forms -- from the unification of hardware metrics collection and delivery to scaling the solution to include additional ground sites. In this session, speakers will reveal the intricacies of well-designed APIs and ground system software, and how satellite owners can avoid burdensome implementations when planning the ground communications aspect of their mission.
9:30 am - 11:45 am
Room: 140
Built with young professionals in mind, SGx is a full day of open discussion forums that connect the ideas of students and young professionals with the experience and insight of aerospace industry leaders. SGx was built in partnership with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the Future Space Leaders Foundation (FSLF)! If you are a student or young professionals, this is a great opportunity to to ask questions and learn from experienced aerospace industry experts and government leaders. Speaker details coming soon!
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Moderator
Claude Rousseau
Research Director
NSR
Candace Johnson
Venture Partner & Chair, Advisory Board
Seraphim Capital
Michael Mealling
COO
Starbridge Venture Capital
Teresa Segura
Portfolio Development Principal - Space & Connectivity, HorizonX Ventures
Boeing
Post-pandemic, the investment path for satellite & space remains in flux. While some sectors were hit hard by COVID-19, the industry as a whole fared generally well amidst a troubling period. What now is the investment path for both new and established players? Is it still a good time to invest in space? Do large CAPEX requirements and nebulous paths to profit signal change ahead? Will the flow of capital continue, and what investment vehicles are now front and center? This panel of finance experts will review investment activity over the last 18 months and give their perspectives on the road ahead for satellite & space investment.
Peter Beck
Founder and CEO
Rocket Lab
Dawn Harms
CEO
Momentus
David Novotney
Director of Business Development
Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company
Jay Skylus
CEO + Founder
Aevum, Inc.
How are all of those thousand-plus smallsat constellations going to get to orbit? The answer is more complicated than you think. This session presents an entire menu of new options for placing small satellites into space and covers everything from specialized rockets (including alternatives to standard rockets) to multi-satellite dispensing systems. We'll also talk about the latest research and knowledge on smallsat deployment. Join us to learn about the companies best equipped and prepared to give your smallsats a smooth ride into space.
Moderator
John Galer
Assistant Vice President, National Security Space
Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
Dylan Browne
President Government
OneWeb
Ram Rao
Director, Advanced Engineering Technologies
Leonardo DRS Global Enterprise Solutions
Doug Schroeder
Oversight Executive // FNC3 Mission Prototyping Director
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite systems provide another powerful layer to complex government and military networks, enabling a new range of low-latency applications. This session will explain these new LEO satellite capabilities, how they compare (and in some cases, integrate) with existing GEO systems and cloud networks, cybersecurity strengths and vulnerability, and required ground hardware. You'll also learn how LEO satellites can provide enhanced mobile connectivity to government and military end-users on the move, even in the most difficult and remote locations.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room: 207A
Moderator
Juan Deaton
Research Scientist
Envistacom
Sponsored by:
   
Satellite ground networks are at the focal point of the fusion of many core technologies that will have a transformative impact on architectures and industry business models. In this session, attendees will learn how the modularization of modem architectures allows for the deployment of commodity hardware for satellite communications systems, which in itself, lays the foundation for virtualization. Speakers will also explain how the emergence of technologies like dual fabric silicon, RFSoCs, and heterogeneous computing are allowing for modularization of modem architecture.
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Room: Ballroom A/B
Sponsored by:
   
Our annual opening day keynote luncheons feature appearances by some of the top thought leaders in the space community.
Moderator
Brad Grady
Principal Analyst
NSR
Suzi McBride
Chief Operations Officer
Iridium Communications
The satellite & space sector has a range of investors today - all looking for a different "return" on investment. With Elon Musk at SATELLITE 2020 quoted as saying a measure of Starlink's success was "don't go bankrupt", how are others measuring success? New technologies, services and business models are entering the mix, but is there a clear path to viability for each? This panel of companies offering innovative products and services will discuss how to measure success, the investment potential and payback across their business and the market in general.
Moderator
Morten Hagland Hansen
SVP, Engineering & Operations
Infrastructure Networks, Inc.
Guy de Carufel
Founder, CEO
Cognitive Space
Autonomous, on-board processing capabilities for satellites create a multitude of benefits for future space missions. AI, for example, can be used to calculate optimized satellite fleet re-configurations as needed. However, AI applications require significant on-board processing power. This session focuses on how builders and engineers are making more powerful software-defined satellites that can collect, store, and transfer massive amounts of data to and from each other, the cloud, and systems on the ground.
Moderator
Charity Weeden
Vice President, Global Space Policy
Astroscale U.S. Inc.
Gregg Daffner
CEO & President
GapSat & the Asia Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC)
With space operations accelerating around the world, it is crucial that cooperation and dialogue between global governments and the wider space community is well maintained. This session will explain the value of multilateral space policy making to the commercial satellite sector and how organizations like the United Nations and various civil space agencies are making progress in cultivating collaboration between various stakeholders on critical issues such as cooperation on space sustainability, space object registration and transparency, and national security for space faring nations.
Moderator
Alan Tilles
Chairman, Telecommunications
Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker P.A.
Sponsored by:
   
VHTS satellite services pack in a lot of power, but also require hundreds of gigabits of throughput at network gateways. Limitations on available spectrum create real infrastructure challenges for VHTS operators. This session explores the potential solutions to this issue, including virtualized ground segment, demand-based capacity steering, and even partnering with telcos on gateway technology. Learn about how engineers can make VHTS ground systems possible.
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Room: 140
Built with young professionals in mind, SGx is a full day of open discussion forums that connect the ideas of students and young professionals with the experience and insight of aerospace industry leaders. SGx was built in partnership with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the Future Space Leaders Foundation (FSLF)! If you are a student or young professionals, this is a great opportunity to to ask questions and learn from experienced aerospace industry experts and government leaders. Speaker details coming soon!
Moderator
Paul Sidney
Director, European Telecom & Satellite Equity Research
Credit Suisse
Ramesh Ramaswamy
SVP and General Manager, International Division
Hughes an EchoStar Company
Broadcasting is still the bread and butter service of many of the world's largest GEO satellite operators, and in many regions, satellite TV maintains a strong market foothold with long-term growth potential for operators. GEO satellites are also seeing increased activity in Enterprise Networks for IoT and data transfer to and from the Cloud. Learn how fixed satellite service providers are balancing resources to meet various demands for HD, 4K, and 8K video, and industrial IoT. Speakers will also discuss how the industry plans to protect spectrum resources for fixed services.
David Fotheringham
Director, Product Management
KYMETA CORPORATION
Shadrach Benny Retnamony
CEO & Founder
ESpace Networks Inc
Moderator
Lisa Dreher
President
Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA)
Sponsored by:
   
Modern mobile satellite services are defined by their ability to create dynamic, multi-layered IoT-rich environments at the extreme edge of human activity. Mobile industries are now so reliant on complex data and connectivity that even a minute-long lapse in service can costs millions of dollars, and put future business and lives at risk. This session aims to answer a very simple question regarding a very complicated technical challenge: how close are satellites to delivering the same at-home connectivity experience to mobile edge end-users on land, at sea, and in the air? Speakers will discuss the most significant technical challenges that remain in achieving this parity, and identify the technologies and solutions that open up the greatest opportunities for mobile service providers.
Mindel De La Torre
Chief Regulatory and International Strategy Officer
Omnispace, LLC
Martin Coleman
Board Member
Satcoms Innovation Group
Sponsored by:
   
Evolving regulatory and coordination demands on both user-terminals and Gateways/Hubs are very active as of late with respect to mitigating potential interference issues between GSO, NGSO, and terrestrial 5G users. Similar to what's happening with the terrestrial "recapture" of C-band, influential 5G users of Ka-band are pushing to limit use and minimize emissions from aero and maritime users. How can the telecoms industry work together to reduce potential interference and maintain regulatory compliance without killing the mobile satellite sector?
Sponsored by:
   

Tuesday, July 27

Steve Collar
CEO
SES
Daniel S. Goldberg
President and Chief Executive Officer
Telesat
Gwynne Shotwell
President & COO
SpaceX
Sponsored by:
   
The days of homogenous telecommunications networks are coming to an end and satellites no longer operate in a silo. For the past decade, the satellite connectivity infrastructure has rapidly evolved into an integral piece of a larger telecoms network designed to meet the needs of an interconnected world. The SATELLITE 2021 general session features satellite connectivity industry leaders in a discussion that will address the evolution of GEO and NGSO networks, connecting new people and businesses, working with telcos/MNOs to provide 5G wireless, rebounding from COVID-19, and new software-defined technologies. Open to all attendees.
10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Moderator
Claude Rousseau
Research Director
NSR
F.Brent Abbott
NanoAvionics CEO US
NanoAvionics
Frank DeMauro
Vice President and General Manager, Tactical Space Systems
Northrop Grumman
Hervé Derrey
CEO
Thales Alenia Space
Jean Marc Nasr
Executive Vice President & Head of Space Systems
Airbus Defense and Space
Robert Curbeam
Senior Vice President of Space Capture
Maxar Technologies
Executive leaders from the world's largest satellite and spacecraft manufacturers gather to discuss how to meet the rapidly accelerating demand for multi-satellite systems. As satellites become smaller, and more software-defined and as customers demand a near instant production turnaround, do manufacturers believe that they can keep pace? How is the building process evolving? And, most importantly, are manufacturers prepared for a potential supply chain crunch, similar to what is being seen in the software industry?
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room: 207B
Moderator
Nelly Offord Harle
Business Manager Exploration - Head of Lunar Services
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
David Bettinger
CEO
Spacelink
Sponsored by:
   
There is a critical need for high-capacity relay systems to help satellites and space stations in LEO communicate with the ground. Most of the current LEO satellites are designed to circle the earth in around 90 minutes, providing a very brief window of time during which they can communicate with the ground. This limits the amounts of data they can transmit and presents real problems for end-users who need constant connectivity and access to high-resolution imagery and data. This session will explain how new space data relay systems and service providers can help LEO operators overcome this limitation and provide more continuous connectivity for customers.
Moderator
Gus Anderson
Senior Director, Business Development
Leonardo DRS
Bruno Fromont
CTO
Intelsat US LLC
Scott Scheimreif
Executive Vice President, Government Programs
Iridium Communications
As the communications industry is shifting toward 5G rollout and supporting IoT and AI applications, new technologies are rolling out to ensure warfighter connectivity. Advances such as software-defined networking, network function virtualization, and networking-as-a service stand not only to greatly enhance DoD comms capabilities, but also to improve cybersecurity and agility. This panel will explore how network of networks capabilities will enhance joint all-domain operations.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room: 207A
Mr. Dubi Lever
CTO, R&D Division
Gilat Satellite Networks
Sponsored by:
   
With demand for high performance mobile services reaching unprecedented levels around the world, the reality of 5G is coming rapidly into view. In this session, attendees will learn about the various technologies that are enabling faster speeds and more data over satellite for cellular backhaul broadband connectivity for big-data enterprise applications or connecting remote communities. The session will also address the question of whether or not LEO and MEO satellites can provide effective backhaul transport for future 5G networks. We will also cover the impact of open standards on satellite backhaul.
Moderator
David Hartshorn
CEO
Geeks Without Frontiers
The culmination of our Satellite 101 program for first-time attendees, this session will take everything you learned about satellite technology during the pre-show digital event in June and apply it to satellites in action! Learn specific examples of how satellites are revolutionizing agriculture and food supply, connected transportation, and industrial IoT! By the end of this session, you should be ready to explore our vast and exciting exhibit hall show floor!
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Kevin Steen
President and CEO
ST Engineering iDirect
When it comes to connecting customers on the other side of the digital divide, satellite service providers enjoy an infrastructure cost advantage over fiber competitors. How long will that advantage last? This session will tackle how satellite can maintain that edge not only in remote connectivity scenarios, but also for enterprise customers and even 5G services. Speakers will explore the value of R&D investment into upgrading services, and how to sell and promote satellite connectivity as more than just a back-up or last resort option.
Mattias Bergstrom
CEO
Quantum1Net
While not a new concept, "digital twin" technology enables spacecraft manufacturers to design every aspect of a new technology, product or concept via a virtual platform, where countless iterations, errors and trials can take place before the first step of physical creation begins. This session will explain how designing a digital replica of a satellite could bring significant cost and schedule benefits to spacecraft designers and operators, while acting as a conduit to innovation that keeps pace within an extremely fast-moving industry.
Moderator
Keith Johnson
VP Federal
Spire Global
Kari Bingen
Chief Strategy Officer
HawkEye 360
Jay Icard
CEO
XTAR LLC
Satellite procurement programs have come under fire from both the Congressional Appropriations Committees as well as military leadership for long procurement timescales. This panel will explore how industry, legislators, and DoD can take advantage of an increasingly agile commercial space sector to compress these procurement timelines and shorten the innovation cycle for American national security in space.
Moderator
Antonio Rodenas
Chief Operations Officer
Orbital Wave
Walter Berger
President
KYMETA CORPORATION
Joakim Espeland
CEO
QuadSAT
Sponsored by:
   
New Space is challenging established business models while creating new supply chains and allowing entrepreneurs to provide services from space in a more affordable way than before. However, required investments in ground systems and infrastructure remain the biggest roadblock in the New Space supply chain. Could ground infrastructure be replaced by an integrated service? This session will explore the scope of such a service, the benefits it could deliver to customers, investors, and the supply chain by reducing required investments in time, money, and training.
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Room: Exhibit Hall Theater
Live satellite technology demonstrations presented for exhibit hall attendees. Presentation details coming soon!
Moderator
Erin Weber
General Counsel
ABL Space Systems
Josephine Milward
Head of Research
Seraphim Capital
Karina Perez Molina
Founder, Zed Factor Fellowship & Manager, Unmanned and Emerging Aviation Technologies
Aerospace Industries Association
Lori Garver
CEO
Earthrise Alliance
The satellite community has worked for many years to diversify its workforce, but it has not been an easy task. STEM education programs helped attract a much-needed new wave of young professionals into aerospace careers, but access to advanced science and math education programs is still far from universal. This session will explain the benefits of achieving broader gender, race, wealth, and geographical diversity in classrooms and boardrooms. Speakers will also address the need for greater diversity in space entrepreneurship and what investors can do to open the doors to potentially overlooked space tech startups.
Moderator
Luc Riesbeck
Space Policy Research Analyst
Astroscale U.S. Inc.
Charles Mudd
Principal and Owner
Mudd Law
Via Satellite's On Orbit podcast presents this LIVE episode about establishing law and order in space. Which set of rules would space travelers be bound to during a commercial space cruise? Or, at a lunar mining facility? Some commercial space industry leaders have already said that they would reject any Earth regulations on the Moon and Mars. What would be the most ethical approach to establishing a code of conduct in and beyond orbit? Be a participant in this engaging discussion about what will surely be one of the most important challenges human space explorers will face in the future.
Moderator
Grace Graham
Mechanical Aerospace Engineering/Economics Utah State University & Co-Host, On Orbit Podcast
Via Satellite
Luigi Pasquali
CEO
Telespazio S.p.A.
Al Tadros
Chief Growth Officer and EVP Space Infrastructure
Redwire
Human exploration does not exist without human innovation. As we expand our presence in space and explore new worlds, we create the need for new technologies and new ideas that will push us beyond the frontier. This session aims to imagine how we will define "commercial space" in an era with human activity on Earth, the Moon, and Mars. Our panel will describe how a commercial space travel service would operate, how satellites could provide interplanetary connectivity, and how space refueling services would compete, in a fun and engaging glimpse into what could be the future commercial space ecosystem.

Wednesday, July 28

Moderator
Jeffrey Hill
Chair
SATELLITE 2021
Designed as an informative session for space journalists, marketers, executives, and anyone interested in the art of space industry storytelling - this session puts renowned space journalists on stage to discuss what attracts them to certain stories and how they translate our industry's complex technological language into a news story that keeps the public informed. We'll also cover the "dos" and "don'ts" of writing a space industry press release and how media relations professionals can work better with journalists to tell their company's stories.
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Moderator
Hannah Kerner
Assistant Research Professor
University of Maryland
Clint Crosier
Director, Aerospace and Satellite Solutions
Amazon Web Services
Dr. Sara Spangelo
CEO
Swarm Technologies, Inc.
Rajeev Suri
CEO
Inmarsat Global, Ltd.
Sponsored by:
   
Satellite data can be used to solve some of the world's most critical issues such as climate change, food supply, global poverty, and unemployment. But are global governments, businesses, and other customers using this data to its full potential? This session will explain the value of investing in satellite-powered tools to protect our environment, build economies, and save lives.
Moderator
William Milroy
Chairman and CTO
ThinKom Solutions, Inc.
Dr. Girish Chandran
CTO
Viasat
Jack Waters
CEO
XipLink, Inc.
Join us for an informative presentation detailing the latest research and development work on new satellite transmission protocols, focusing on bandwidth optimization and efficiency and performance when connecting to virtualized and WAN networks. Speakers will also provide an overview of the latest science on VHTS and ultra-high frequency bandwidths, as well as new encoding and decoding capabilities from space.
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Room: 201
Moderator
Pete Hoene
President & CEO, USAF (Ret.)
SES Government Solutions
Steve Gizinski
Chief Technology Officer
Inmarsat Government
Phil Mar
CTO, Network System Group
Viasat
Satellite systems are critical to the warfighter today, and under ever increasing cyber attacks. While many operators take internal steps to prevent ground system/terminal vulnerabilities, as Space Policy Directive-5 recognizes, there is no industry-wide standard for cybersecurity or the sharing of cyber threat information. This panel will address several aspects of satellite cyber threats to include the proliferation of LEO, interconnectedness of communications systems, software defined satellite systems, and vulnerability of supply chains. Panelists will suggest approaches to address these threats.
Moderator
Whitney Lohmeyer
Assistant Professor of Engineering
Olin College Of Engineering
Paul Klassen
Vice President of Engineering
KYMETA CORPORATION
Carl Novello
Chief Technology Officer
NXT Communications Corp. (NXTCOMM)
Sponsored by:
   
How do you make a better performing antenna at a price point that is affordable for the mass market? The promise of enhanced broadband connectivity hinges on getting the antenna right. This session will cover the latest efforts in the satellite engineer's search for a "holy grail" antenna design -- something future-proof, fully scalable, electronically steerable, multi-orbit capable and affordable. Does this design exist?
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Room: Exhibit Hall Theater
Sylvia France
President
OrbitsEdge
Michael Graham
CEO
SSSOC-Space Simulation Services of Ottawa Corp.
Adisesh Yeragudi
CEO
AV SpaceTech
Startup Space's live SATELLITE 2021 component features interactive presentations from the industry's most innovative new entrants. Entrepreneurs will deliver their quick pitches, followed by a group Q&A, during which audience members will get to ask questions about their disruptive technologies and business models.
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Moderator
Carissa Bryce Christensen
Founder and CEO
BryceTech
Tiphaine Louradour
President
International Launch Services
Launch services have come a long way in the past decade. There are more options now than ever before. Reusability has lowered prices. Multi-satellite constellations have increased demand and provided enough room in the market for disruptive startups. Yet, despite all of these changes, the global launch market leaders have each taken a unique path to sustainable success. This year's launch executives panel will focus on how and why those paths diverged and where those paths lead. We'll also discuss the business of simultaneously launching satellites and people - as crewed space missions and commercial space tourism become more frequent and popular.
Moderator
Danielle Wood
Director of the Space Enabled Research Group, Assistant Professor of Media Arts & Sciences and Aeronautics & Astronautics
MIT Media Lab
Andrew Bowyer
CEO
Kleos Space
Stacey Casella
General Manager, Geospatial Integrated Solutions
L3Harris Technologies
Kevin OBrien
Chief Executive Officer
Orbital Insight
This session explores the latest technological developments in space-based operational and geospatial data capture and analysis. Attendees will learn how geospatial data coupled with artificial intelligence and machine learning is transforming the way businesses and governments predict, understand, and make decisions about the future. From a technical standpoint, attendees will learn new data compression methods, insights on sensor design and data security, as well as in-orbit operational parameters for data collecting spacecraft. Learn how satellite engineers are able to ensure that critical decision makers are first-to-know on important global events.
Moderator
Jon Neff
Senior Project Leader, Artificial Intelligence, Analytics and Innovation Department
Aerospace Corporation The
Paul Mattear
Principal Business Development Manager
Amazon Web Services
Alvaro Sanchez
CEO
INTEGRASYS SA
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) have large been buzzwords in the satellite industry, with applications recently being realized in interference detection/prediction, flexible SATCOM systems, cybersecurity, network traffic management and capacity planning, and more. This panel will discuss AI and ML applications for defense network resiliency and interoperability, and how they may change the SATCOM game for the warfighter.
Don Clausen
GM & VP
L3Harris Technologies
John Finney
Founder
Isotropic Systems
Karl Fuchs
Senior Vice President of Technology
IDirect Government
Rob Weitendorf
Vice President, Business Development
Lepton Global Solutions
Sponsored by:
   
Dive deep into ground system design challenges in meeting mission requirements for mobile military end-users. Speakers will present the latest breakthroughs in agile, flexible, rugged, and secure terminal design. Learn how engineers are building milsatcom hardware that is intuitive, interoperable, and easy-to-use and reliable even in the harshest environments. The conversation will also include cybersecurity measures, training, and streamlining the process of upgrading legacy equipment.
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Moderator
Eric Ingram
CEO
SCOUT
Adam Harris
Vice President, Business Development
Orbit Fab
Tom Wilson
Sector Vice President, Business Development
Northrop Grumman
This session will focus on the value of servicing, repairing, and extending the life of existing spacecraft in orbit. Instead of abandoning assets to a graveyard orbit, what kind of value can a refurbished satellite provide? Can re-using satellites be both environmentally responsible and profitable for operators?
Moderator
J. David Grossman
Executive Director
GPS Innovation Alliance
Brian Manning
Co-Founder & CEO
Xona Space Systems
Tucker Morrison
CEO
Blue Sky Network
Satellite geolocation systems are constantly evolving, parallel to the needs of people and industries that use them on a daily basis. This session will address several technical issues related to geolocation services, including how GPS and 5G can co-exist without interference and how modernizing geolocation infrastructure benefits agriculture, aviation, automotive and other industries. Attendees will also learn how satellites are providing enhanced PNT resiliency and integrated PNT "systems of systems" for critical government functions.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: 201
Moderator
Matt Langenbahn
Deputy Lead Segment- Ground Systems
Kratos
Rick Lober
Vice President and General Manager
Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems Division, Hughes Network Systems
Whitley Poser
Director, Business Transformation
Lockheed Martin Space Systems
The Space Force has begun looking to digital engineering to overhaul its current procurement system, with military buyers and contractors collaborating in virtual cloud networks to oversee digital models of equipment from development and production to system upgrades. This panel will discuss the digital transformation's improvement of workflow through modeling, simulation, and test tools to develop and integrate systems.
Greg Quiggle
Vice President of Product Management
Kratos Defense and Security Solutions
Sponsored by:
   
How is the ground segment advancing and evolving to keep pace with innovation in space? In this session, we will explore how ground systems can take advantage of Software Defined Networks (SDN), software virtualization with containers, and the cloud to deliver increased agility, resiliency, scalability, security and lower costs. Speakers will also address advancements in virtualizing ground systems for IP compatibility, transitioning from legacy hardware to software, and moving to more orchestrated and automated operations.
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Room: Exhibit Hall Theater
Live satellite technology demonstrations presented for exhibit hall attendees. Presentation details coming soon!
The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) will host a special guest keynote speaker who will address key issues for today's government and military satellite end-users. Past speakers include: U.S. Space Force Vice Chief David Thompson, former NASA Administrators Jim Bridentstine and Charles Bolden, and more. Speaker details will be announced soon.
Moderator
Brian Weeden
Director of Program Planning for Secure World Foundation and Executive Director of CONFERS
Secure World Foundation
Peter Kant
CEO
Accion Systems
Ron Lopez
President & Managing Director, Astroscale U.S. Inc.
Astroscale U.S. Inc.
Private sector companies are developing and fielding technologies and services to enable the transformative field of satellite servicing (including commercial on-orbit servicing, rendezvous and proximity operations, and active debris removal). Satellite servicing will be a key aspect of the future satellite industry ecosystem, this panel will discuss how the emergence of this capability both will support sustainable and safe operations and help to increase the economic sustainability of the satellite industry.
Moderator
Louis Zacharilla
Director of Development, SSPI
WTA
Millions of children around the world live hundreds of miles away from the nearest school. In many regions, satellite connectivity is the only option to receive livestream education services. After COVID-19 closed down U.S. schools for more than year, we've all learned how valuable that live connection to a teacher is for a child. In this session, we'll learn how governments, school systems, and communities can access satellite-provided education services, and how satellite providers can help connect more communities that still exist beyond the digital divide.
Moderator
Meredith Garofalo
Meteorologist
WeatherNation
Paolo Minciacchi
CEO
e-GEOS, a Telespazio/ASI company
Advancements in satellite weather forecasting technology are responsible for saving millions of lives every year. But, did you know that it also saves government agencies and global businesses trillions of dollars in operational efficiencies and damage repair costs? Join us and learn how advanced satellite weather forecasting tools are providing a much deeper understanding of our changing world and how commercial and government weather services are pushing the envelope on spacecraft design and data interpretation. Even if you're not into weather, this session will provide an informative lesson on the ever-increasing value of visual, analytical data in the modern global economy.

Thursday, July 29

Moderator
Rachel Jewett
VIa Satellite Managing Editor
Via Satellite
Eric Jensen
President
ICEYE US
Adam Maher
Founder & CEO
Ursa Space Systems
Minoo Rathnasabapathy
Research Engineer
MIT Media Lab
Come learn about the satellite financial services market, which is becoming one of the fastest growing new markets for commercial space. This session explores the imagery, data, and IoT applications that satellite providers have to offer, the needs of banks and insurers for data that only satellite can provide, and the data security measures that satellites have in place to protect financial transactions. The speakers will also address how and why financial services markets in developing economies are taking the lead on adopting satellite technologies.
Tina Ghataore
President
Mynaric USA
Barry A. Matusmori
CEO
BridgeComm
Laser communication is rapidly becoming the technology of choice for both commercial and government actors planning ultra-secure communication networks in low Earth orbit. This session will provide attendees with an understanding of how laser-linked space and ground systems can provide transformative connectivity from space for ultra-high bandwidth consumer broadband services and national security and defense applications.
Moderator
Caleb Henry
Senior Analyst
Quilty Analytics
Antonio Franchi
Head of 5G Strategic Programme
European Space Agency
Elias Naffah
Communications Services Project (CSP) Manager
NASA/GRC
Global civil space agencies around the world are developing more and more commercially-led space communications capabilities for their missions, especially as more NGSO systems become available. For example, NASA is now looking to U.S. industry to develop healthy commercially-provided satcom capabilities, using radio frequency and optical systems, for near-Earth operations. The agency is formulating the Communications Services Project, which aims to better understand the current capabilities and the feasibility of integrating satcom systems into future agency missions in low-Earth orbit and eventually beyond. This session will explore this and other civil space satcom needs and partnership opportunities for commercial providers.
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Moderator
William Markey
President
RCBG
Pacôme Révillon
CEO
Euroconsult
There was already a considerable amount of M&A activity among mobile satellite resellers and niche market providers before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The satellite industry also saw vertically aligned M&A, with companies acquiring technologies along the supply chain in their quest to become "one-stop shops." This panel will discuss expectations for future M&A on the horizon. Will we finally see the acquisitions of operators and manufacturers that have been predicted for years but never materialized? Will terrestrial companies look to acquire space-based assets by buying companies instead of spectrum as they plan hybrid 5G networks? Join us for this exciting debate about the potential impact of space industry consolidation.
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Room: 207B
Moderator
Adam Zuckerman
Founder, Fosterly & Fellow
Eisenhower Fellowships
Grant Blaisdell
Co Founder/CEO
Copernic Space
Do satellites share a natural, technological "downstream application" bond with Blockchain technology? Space entrepreneurs seem to think so. New cryptocurrency startups see an opportunity for satellites to deliver automated, fast, and secure crypto ownership and value transactions in a vast and easy-to-use digital b2b marketplace. Learn how these companies are integrating blockchain technologies with digital imagery and space software assets to create an exciting new space-based economy.
Moderator
Dr. Tanya Harrison
Manager of Science Programs
Planet
Brian O'Toole
BlackSky CEO
BlackSky
The COVID-19 pandemic serves as the perfect example of why communication is so critical during a health crisis. Without the ability to coordinate deployment, or share data, a natural disaster or a health emergency can very easily become a total catastrophe. During this session, you will learn how satellites can save lives during a crisis. How fast can national and local governments deploy an emergency satellite comms network? What infrastructure is needed? Can satellites transmit high-speed data and live video to and from mobile first responders? Even those operating in an area with no power supply? Learn the answers to these questions and more.

Monday, August 16

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Digital Platform
This encore performance of content from the SATELLITE 2021: Conference & Exhibition gives you a chance to catch any content you missed from the in-person event, and participate in all-new, exclusive content. The schedule will be posted on our website following the in-person event. Content access determined by pass.

Tuesday, August 17

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Digital Platform
This encore performance of content from the SATELLITE 2021: Conference & Exhibition gives you a chance to catch any content you missed from the in-person event, and participate in all-new, exclusive content. The schedule will be posted on our website following the in-person event. Content access determined by pass.

Wednesday, August 18

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Digital Platform
This encore performance of content from the SATELLITE 2021: Conference & Exhibition gives you a chance to catch any content you missed from the in-person event, and participate in all-new, exclusive content. The schedule will be posted on our website following the in-person event. Content access determined by pass.

Thursday, August 19

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Digital Platform
This encore performance of content from the SATELLITE 2021: Conference & Exhibition gives you a chance to catch any content you missed from the in-person event, and participate in all-new, exclusive content. The schedule will be posted on our website following the in-person event. Content access determined by pass.

Friday, August 20

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Digital Platform
This encore performance of content from the SATELLITE 2021: Conference & Exhibition gives you a chance to catch any content you missed from the in-person event, and participate in all-new, exclusive content. The schedule will be posted on our website following the in-person event. Content access determined by pass.