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Satellite demand has shown no signs of slowing down, with forecasts more than doubling expectations made just a few years ago. Despite challenging market conditions, technological development, combined with competition and new downstream opportunities, has spurred more operators to build more satellites, especially as part of new constellations. However, issues of replenishment, downstream competition, and changing manufacturing landscapes point to challenges in maintaining the pace. The discussion will focus on business models, technological approach, insights on demand, investment, financing, and pricing capabilities as seen in the market from the manufacturer perspective. Produced in Partnership with NSR.
Aspiring to join the space community? Whether you're a student, recent graduate, or a seasoned professional seeking a career change, this panel is your gateway to unlocking the secret of securing a job in the space industry. Join our esteemed panel of industry experts, seasoned professionals, and trailblazers as they share their insights, strategies, and personal experiences, providing a roadmap for pivoting into the dynamic space workforce. Gain firsthand knowledge on the diverse pathways, essential skills, and nuances of launching and building a successful career in the space industry.
This panel will focus on improving rapid communications for U.S. military forces through the employment of proliferated LEO and MEO constellations. As such, the panel would focus on the Space Development Agency’s (SDA) proliferated LEO effort, the SDA Transport Layer, and how commercial satcom will fit into future military communications. Produced in Partnership with Defense Daily.
As macroeconomic conditions continue to mount, what do space investors want from new space start-ups? Are investors continuing to fund cash-heavy pre-revenue ventures or is "money today" the answer? Does the purpose matter? Are there bright spots within the space ecosystem? Join the panelists as we explore which pitches make it, the companies/services/segments that get them excited, and the difficult conversations occurring today throughout the space industry. Produced in Partnership with NSR.
Join us for an insightful discussion on the transformative capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) in the satellite ecosystem and its potential to revolutionize defense strategies and bolster national security. AI-powered satellite communication systems hold promise in providing enhanced situational awareness, faster response times, and proactive decision-making, contributing to a safer world while maintaining ethical practices and enhancing satellite communications' resilience and security. During this session, speakers will share how defense agencies can gain unprecedented situational awareness by integrating AI technology and utilizing applications such as intelligent routing, interference mitigation, mapping, and more. Produced in Partnership with Defense Daily.
The launch market that is getting increasingly pressured from all sides by customers and competitors alike to match the cadence and prices that SpaceX is basically setting for the industry. To stay ahead, as customer build and need to launch more constellations, what demand can be addressed and what is the strategy to beat rivals? Get a better understanding from Executives in the launch business on how they overcome these key challenges, their approach to investments and financing, business models and strategy that enable them to stay ahead of the pack. Produced in Partnership with NSR.
The past decade has seen a boom in the number of commercial satellite companies and related Earth remote sensing analytics' companies. The latter provide electro-optical, radar, and radio frequency data, all of which the Pentagon and intelligence community are finding a necessary complement to the costly, exquisite systems that have been key to the U.S. national security umbrella. But most of these companies are small and unprofitable thus far. As is the case with other national security startups, commercial remote sensing companies serving the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense, find that most of their contracts are for research and development and studies, not the long-term deals that give them confidence that they will remain viable businesses. What is the health of the commercial remote sensing industrial base and what more can the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense do to ensure that this well of commercial capability becomes more stable and robust? What is the state of the government’s current demand for these capabilities and what does the runway look like? Produced in Partnership with Defense Daily.
With its unique vantage point and cutting-edge capabilities, space can be a force for positive change. From satellite technology aiding disaster response to Earth observation enhancing our understanding of climate change, space technologies play a critical role in improving life on Earth. Our panel will highlight inspiring initiatives where space takes center stage in supporting sustainability and humanitarian efforts, offering new solutions to today’s biggest challenges. Explore innovative ideas and collaborative strategies that harness space for the collective good.
The satellite industry is entering a critical phase marked by rapid technological advancements and changing market dynamics. With the convergence of multi-layered satellite and terrestrial network systems that integrate air, sea, and land networks with satellite-enabled communications, the landscape is becoming increasingly complex. No longer can satellite companies afford to operate in silos; they must forge strategic alliances and partnerships for mutual benefit and long-term sustainability. In this session, we explore new forms of collaboration that are becoming essential to industry players’ long-term success. We examine various case studies to demonstrate how partnerships offer advantages such as shared resources, risk mitigation, and accelerated innovation. Learn how collaboration is not just advantageous for satellite companies—it's a critical component for survival and growth. Those who successfully adapt to this paradigm shift will likely emerge as industry leaders in this transformative era. Produced in Partnership with SIA.
The satellite industry is going through an unprecedented phase of growth and innovation, New entrepreneurial settings, leapfrogging of well-established technologies, vertical integration and multi-orbit operations are forcing the whole industry ecosystem into a constant state of re-invention. This is also leading to increased pressure on investment and the need to define new business models across the value chain including with other verticals. Where is this taking us and who will be the winners and losers? Produced in Partnership with GSOA.
The space industry offers a plethora of career opportunities beyond rocket scientists and astronauts. With the space economy projected to reach a staggering one trillion dollars by 2030, there is a growing demand for individuals with vibrant and diverse backgrounds to help propel the global space industry to new heights. From art and film to business and law, this panel will explore the myriad of careers shaping the trajectory of the space industry beyond traditional STEM fields. Reimagine how you think about a career in space and explore the evolution of the space industry into a multidimensional workforce.
FCC decisions, both recent and forthcoming, will shape the landscape on satellite spectrum which leads to a number of important questions and opportunities. This panel will not only discuss what technology solutions will help facilitate spectrum sharing, panelists will also discuss how satellite operators are working together to continue to iterate on the spectrum sharing landscape, given certain inherent technological limitations, and how they are working with both regulators and terrestrial operators to overcome challenges. Produced in Partnership with SIA.
Today’s powerful satellites have the ability to cultivate economic opportunity, accelerate inclusive and sustainable digital transformation, and bridge the digital divide by providing meaningful connectivity with lower-cost infrastructure investment requirements. This panel of industry and public-sector thought leaders will both define meaningful connectivity and explore the role that collaborative public-private partnerships play in delivering on the long-term goals of global meaningful connectivity. Produced in Partnership with GSOA.
The growth of hybrid and converged networks is driving the demand for layered zero trust security architectures that can quickly put-up additional protections around critical data. The most effective cybersecurity solutions aren’t just about hardware, systems, and software, they provide an end-to-end view into the security layers required to keep an operation safe today and well into the future. As communications infrastructures continue to mesh, cybersecurity and secure data transmission must also evolve to meet the incredible amount of information these networks will handle and transfer on daily basis. In this session the panel will explore the importance of public private partnerships, impacts of AI/ML on future cyber dynamics and whether the satellite industry needs to support cybersecurity standards. Produced in Partnership with SIA.
The NTN standards developed in 3GPP pave the way for full integration between satellite and terrestrial networks to address challenges of reachability, service continuity and reliability. As the NTN standards evolve, what are the challenges to an integrated NTN-TN infrastructure, and how can providers overcome those challenges to achieve massive uptake? This Executive Forum panel will explore how a paradigm shift in bandwidth could help providers reach seamless service continuity over global coverage. The discussion will also include how both satellite and terrestrial companies can benefit financially from convergence and create win-win opportunities. Produced in Partnership with GSOA.
One of U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall's seven operational imperatives is to achieve moving target indication (MTI) at scale against technologically advanced adversaries. The Department of the Air Force is examining doing both, at least partly, from space--the first effort being a cooperative one with the NRO to develop a ground moving target indication space-based radar to replace the Joint STARS aircraft. How might DoD and the intelligence community harness commercial capacity for MTI? Is there a market for commercial MTI, and, if so, how might DoD and the intelligence community harness that market for national security? Produced in Partnership with Defense Daily.
As workplaces across the nation define their approach to DEI, employees at all levels of decision making play a significant role in driving progress. Join our expert panel for a thoughtful discussion on actionable strategies, personal insights, and successful initiatives aimed at cultivating a workplace that champions diversity and ensures equity and inclusion for all. Engage in this critical conversation to learn how you can support socially responsible solutions and contribute to creating an environment where every voice is heard, valued, and respected. This discussion is a must-attend for individuals and organizations committed to advancing DEI and building a workplace that champions the diverse perspectives within your organization and the broader space community.
Designing satellites for longevity and reusability as well as planning for their end of mission disposal are critical tools for controlling the growth of the orbital debris environment and maintaining safe operations. The rapid increase in the number of satellites on orbit in recent years along with changes in the design and operations of many satellites has led to revisiting existing post-mission disposal rules with these changes in mind. As the FCC recently proposed changing the 25-year disposal requirement for LEO to 5-years for many satellites, this leads to questions about the need for stricter post-mission disposal requirements. Additionally, there needs to be a discussion about how easily new satellites and launch vehicles can accommodate changes. This panel will discuss how satellites can be designed for greater longevity and reusability as well as the current post-mission disposal guidelines, recent proposals on changing satellite post-mission disposal rules, and practical challenges both for implementation and for not implementing changes. Produced in Partnership with SIA.
Last year, Apple introduced the ability for its new iPhone users to use emergency SOS via satellite to text a request for medical or rescue services when off the grid and no cellular and Wi-Fi coverage is available. Enhanced satellite to cellular direct-to-device voice and data services could be potentially revolutionary for the satellite industry and mobile connectivity, simply because there are literally billions of smartphone users around the globe. This panel will discuss the potential for rolling out such direct-to-device services, how U.S. government customers might leverage such services and what are the practical challenges facing both service providers and customers? Produced in Partnership with SIA.
The next generation of satellites will be defined by software, to serve a market in which IP content is the dominant traffic for satcom, broadcast and earth observation. Total traffic volume is exploding, waveforms multiplying and thousands of LEO and MEO spacecraft are demanding sophisticated gateways able to handle thousands of connections without interference. Digital transformation in the sky is creating immense pressure for a similar transformation on the ground at a time when hardware-based and analog systems fill every teleport. In this session, engineering and operations executives assess the progress being made in the digital transformation of the ground segment and what it will take to accelerate change this vital link in the satellite communications chain. Produced in Partnership with WTA.
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LEO/MEO Constellations has seen tremendous growth throughout the years, and as the technology continues to advance, LEO/MEO constellations have emerged as a revolutionary solution for global connectivity. It has demonstrated a real impact on consumer broadband, maritime communication, and enterprise connectivity, and has the potential to make its way to new markets currently untapped by the satellite industry. Our panel of experts will provide in-depth insights into the latest developments, challenges, and opportunities in the market, which will offer a comprehensive view of the ever-evolving LEO/MEO landscape.
Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) architecture allows networks to combine different transport services into a virtual wide area network that adapts to changing availability and throughput. Widespread in terrestrial communications, it is being greeted in the satellite communications business as a potential game-changer. But implementing SD-WAN is not only technically complex – it forces ground segment operations to adopt a digital-first mindset. In this session, engineering and operations executives share tips, tricks and use cases that demonstrate the near-term value and long-term potential of SD-WAN to drastically improve overall throughput, conserve bandwidth and improve quality of service. Produced in Partnership with WTA.
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Satellite manufacturing capabilities have expanded over the last few years featuring a wide range of vendors and value propositions aimed at capturing customers needs. The panel will explore the dynamic relationship between emerging and legacy manufacturers and between smallsat focused players and those focused on larger satellites. Panelists, drawn from both these worlds, will provide unique insights into the dynamic interplay between different vendors. They will explore how they collaborate, compete, and, most importantly, innovate. Panelists will discuss how they address standardization and customization, shorter time to orbit requirements, single satellite demand vs mass scale manufacturing. Join us for a thought-provoking session that will shed light on the dynamic interplay between cutting edge vendors.
Successful teleport operators are masters of the pivot: adapting their business models to the needs of changing markets. The bare-bones uplinks of the Eighties evolved into outsourced broadcast and data centers, as well as specialist providers of cruise and maritime services, business networks, secure military satcom and internet trunking. Today, explosive growth in the space business is confronting the industry with its biggest pivot yet. Bare-bones uplinking for LEO gateways is back, while digitization and virtualization make serious inroads on analog technology. Some predict the complete consolidation and commoditization of teleports while others expect the industry to carve out new niches offering new value. In this session, senior executives of teleport and technology companies share their forecasts for the industry and describe the moves they are making today to prepare for a more complex and challenging future. Produced in Partnership with WTA.
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Executives from geospatial data companies gather to discuss how satellite imagery data has become the world’s most important storytelling technology – informing the public on how the world around them is changing. This role comes with the incredible responsibility of providing accurate, timely, and secure data at speeds fast enough to make life-saving decisions, while setting prices that are affordable and sustainable for business. Learn how the leaders in the geospatial industry are balancing these responsibilities while developing new capabilities and more impactful data sets for their global customers, and investing in business development efforts to reach new markets.