Defence Space 2020
Defence Space 2020 – 17 & 18 November
Following the postponement of the planned event in May, we are delighted to have secured these new dates in the autumn. Please bear with us as plans develop in the coming weeks. We will update this website as more details are confirmed.
Military Space: Mobilise, Modernise, Transform
The Defence Space Conference 2020 will explore the opportunities and disruptive possibilities for the future of military space. Engaging with speakers from across the military, Government, industry, and academia, it will consider how Defence mobilises, modernises, and transforms its approach to the Space domain now and into the future. The conference will also put in conversation Defence’s projections for the future of its current capabilities with the emerging technologies which look set to disrupt national and international plans in Space.
As strategic interest in the Space Domain grows, the National Space Council is established, and a sovereign space programme is developed, the prospects for growing Space expertise and inspiring new generations will be considered, thinking critically about the successes and shortfalls of existing initiatives to mature the next generation workforce.
Defence Space Conference 2020 will demonstrate how MOD can keep up with the rapid pace of change in the military application of Space and provide a forum for engaging stakeholders across the space community in the ongoing dialogue about the modernisation of Defence.
The Defence Space Conference 2020 is the leading platform for all those who seek to influence emerging thinking on the UK’s military space capability and plans. Bringing together senior UK Government officials, industry, academics, and leaders in disruptive technologies from the UK and overseas, Defence Space is aimed at exploring the UK MoD’s ambitions in space, looking at the latest innovation, thought leadership and disruptive technologies in this vital domain. The two-day conference, held in central London, will see up to 400 delegates discussing future opportunities with like-minded colleagues from many nations with the aim of building resilience and exploring opportunity.
Keynote speakers will include the Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Minister of Defence Procurement, Chief of the Air Staff and Commander UK Strategic Command. The Programme will also include senior leaders from the National Space Council, MOD Space policy, Capability and Operations with leaders from the United States Space Command and French Space Command sharing how they are responding to the changing context and highlighting the emerging themes for the future of military Space.
‘This is an exciting time for thinking about what Defence wants to do in space. The Defence Space Conference is the perfect opportunity to understand more about where we’re going and the kinds of innovation we are looking to capitalise on in the future.’
Director Space, Ministry of Defence
‘The second UK Defence Space Conference will be a timely demonstration of the UK’s ambition in the Space Domain: our future programmes; the opportunities as well as the challenges to our national interests in space; and a showcase for our world-class space industrial sector. Our inaugural Conference in 2018 was a huge success; the 2020 Conference will be even better’.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston CBE ADC
‘Faced with the evolving threats posed by grey-zone warfare, Strategic Command is tasked with providing the integration and coordination our Armed Forces need across all five domains to maintain national security; the hotly contested and congested Space Domain provides Defence with some unique challenges, but there are also significant opportunities that the UK’s space sector has to offer Defence, not only in countering the threat but also in redefining sub-threshold warfare. This conference provides a unique opportunity to discuss these issues in depth with global partners and allies.’
General Sir Patrick Sanders KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Commander Strategic Command (UKStratCom)
‘As the Space Domain takes on even greater significance for defence and evolves at such a pace, it is vital that we continue to debate the critical issues in the most open and diverse forum possible. Much has happened since our highly successful inaugural conference in 2018, so we have much to discuss at Defence Space Conference 2020. The Air and Space Power Association is proud to host this conference and welcomes all of you to help shape and inform the next steps.’
Air Marshal (Ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB CBE, President, The Air & Space Power Association
‘Defence Space 2020 promises again to provide a springboard for the next phase of conceptual thinking, discussion and development of the UK’s approach to Space Power. Of particular importance as we move forward with Space is how emergent and disruptive technologies may play a part in the use of Space in the defence and security contexts, and the conference gives a strong emphasis to this debate. Future rapid deployment of Space capabilities, sustainable space, on-orbit manufacturing and servicing, pseudo space capabilities and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning all feature in the packed programme. Additionally, we will have excellent input from international friends and allies, to complement the strategic and operational views from the MOD and Front Line Commands. The Conference promises to be a stimulating and informative exposé of MOD’s Space Power direction of travel and I am delighted that the Air and Space Power Association is again delivering the event. See you at Defence Space 2020.’
Air Commodore (Ret’d) Mark Roberts CBE, Chairman, The Air and Space Power Association
Places are limited. Please note if for any reason we are unable to hold this event on these dates your ticket will be valid for new dates when secured or you will be entitled to a full refund.
DELEGATE TICKET – £795 + VAT
Full conference access on both days and drinks reception on the evening of day 1.
CONCESSION RATE FOR UK GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES – £350 + VAT
During the purchasing process you will need to submit your full name, job title and government department. An individual promo code will be sent to you via email within 48 hours. PHOTO ID AND PROOF OF EMPLOYER WILL BE REQUIRED ON THE DAY FOR REGISTRATION PURPOSES.
Strategic Partners for 2020
CGI has been delivering secure, mission-critical technology solutions for clients working in Space, Defence and Intelligence for over 40 years. With around 6000 experts globally and over 1400 in the UK we work in partnership with our clients to enable business transformation.
The boundaries between Space, Defence and Intelligence continue to blur and CGI is uniquely placed to help clients to securely join the dots. We apply proven solutions from across commercial and Government sectors in new ways to advance clients’ missions.
At Viasat, we’re driven to connect every warfighter, platform, and node in the battlespace. As a global communications company, we power millions of fast, resilient connections for military forces around the world. With innovations spanning in our secure satellite and wireless communications, we’re driven to redefine connectivity for the battlespace.
Lockheed Martin Space
- To demonstrate UK MOD’s growing strategic interest in the Space Domain to an influential global audience
- To establish and to enhance UK MOD’s relationships with partners across Government, UK space industrial sector, international partners, and academic institutes
- To educate/update key staffs on MOD space activity, planning and thinking
- To enthuse and inspire key stakeholders within Defence and more broadly with the potential for future space innovation