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Monday 24 October

The 14th Reinventing Space Conference and Exhibition opened on Monday afternoon at the Royal Society for the “pre-conference day”. It features three special invited sessions – upon Commercial SAR, Space-bourne laser communications and ocean monitoring by satellite . Attendees are invited to register and exhibitors invited to set up their stands in the City of London Rooms.


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Pre-conference sessions

This is a provisional timescale for our pre-conference afternoon at the Royal Society.



The exhibition space will be available, enabling exhibitors to set up early.
City of London Rooms
Delegate badges will be available from 12.30pm on Monday onwards
Royal Society Foyer

PANEL: Maritime Surveillance
Chair: Stuart Martin (Satellite Applications Catapult)

  • ExactEarth: Simon Chesworth, Sales Director EMEA
  • Nick Lambert Associates: Nick Lambert, Director
  • Pew: Tony Long, Director, Ending Illegal Fishing Project
  • Satellite Applications Catapult: Sean McCarthy, Head of Market Facing Programmes
  • Spire Global Inc.: John Allan, VP Marketing and Sales.
Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall
14:45 BREAK
Coffee will be served
Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall

PANEL: Is the future for Commercial SAR bright… Or a bust?
Chair: David Germroth (PACE)

The panel we seek to assemble will focus on the future of COMSAR and how each of the panel participants views the market, their unique contribution to future health and growth of this market and where SAR applications will dominate. Will the market for COMSAR remain an inherently governmental market? Will the World Radio Communication Conference decision to allocated new frequency bandwidths for X-Band Earth Observation Synthetic Aperture Radar systems (600 Megahertz to now reach 1,200 Megahertz) facilitate additional growth in future X-Band SAR satellites and applications?You hear from many circles that SAR provides capabilities and advantages over electro-optical imaging systems and that the strategic and thus the tactical value of commercial SAR are finally being recognised in the GEOINT community. Many point to products like the highly accurate global digital elevation and terrain models known as the WorldDEM or the many maritime domain awareness applications and growing line of SAR based persistent surveillance products for regions with chronic cloud cover as examples. Will future SAR systems or applications provide better information or image resolution quality? Will new technologies, advances in data capture and processing and access to higher bandwidth enable the acquisition and processing and dissemination of richer, more detailed data at a significant cost savings?

  • Airbus DS: Martin Cohen, Radar Systems Engineering Manager
  • ICEYE: Rafal Modrzewski, CEO
  • JAXA: Hirobumi Saito, Space Engineering and Control Technology
  • TerraSAR-X/HDWS: Andreas Kern, Head WorldSAR business
  • UrtheCast: George Tyc, CTO
  • XpressSAR: Wolfgang Biedermann, CEO
  • COSMO-SkyMed: Luciane Di Domenico, Commmecialisation Manager
  • RadarSat: Edward Lau, Business Development Manager
  • Ursa Space Systems: Derek Edinger
Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall

PANEL: Spaceborne Laser Communications: Will it reinvent how we use space?
Chair: David Germroth (PACE)

Free Space Laser Communications could revolutionise how geospatial data and information is managed from Spaceborne and Airborne platforms?  In the not-so- distant future, Airborne and Spaceborne Laser Communications Terminals (LCTs) will provide remote sensing missions (ISR, weather, disaster response), defense, robotic, manned and unmanned space and airborne communities faster data transmission as well as larger data volume and tasking capabilities. Laser communication data relays will reduce system response time (latency, reactivity) and disruption to a level where near-real- time geospatial data delivery capabilities will become a reality on a global scale. The Free Space Laser Communications panel will provide an overview of the current status of the various laser communication technologies and programmes along with current and future deployment schedules. The panel is an effort to bring to light how laser communications could reinvent how we use Space.  The panelists are asked to discuss the potential impact of their technologies on the diverse segments of the space, aerospace and geospatial intelligence industries and outline potential related opportunities for Business-to- Business and Business-to- Government collaboration and partnerships. The panel is intended to provide a forum to explore ways industry can work together to harness this disruptive capability for the benefit of all.

  • Airbus DS: Martin Agnew, CIS R&T and Innovations Coordinator
  • BridgeSat Inc: David Mitlyng, Senior Vice President
  • General Atomics: David Robie, PhD, Director EO/IR
  • Japan National Institute of Information and Communications Technology: Morio Toyoshima, Senior Researcher
  • Laser Light Communications: Bob Brumley, Managing Director
  • NASA: Donald Cornwell, Director, Advanced Communication and Navigation Division
  • SpaceDataHighway: Jörg Herrmann,  Head of EDRS
  • Tesat Spacecom: Matthias Motzigemba, Head of Laser Products
  • Vialight: Kevin Shortt, Business Development and Systems Engineer


logo_sinclair This panel is sponsored by Sinclair Interplanetary
Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall