The 2017 Defence, Security & Space Forum

Wednesday 11th October, Room St. Petersburg, 08:30 - 18:30

The Defence, Security and Space (DSS) Forum is jointly organised by the European Microwave Association (EuMA) and Microwave
Journal, to complement important topics of the European Microwave Week in the defence, security and space sector.

This year’s guiding topic is The Internet of Space - Technologies and Applications. Vast areas of the globe, from oceans and deserts to inhabited areas with lagging infrastructure development, are without suffi cient Internet connectivity. Yet, commercial and societal progress as well as safety and security are increasingly linked to access to the information superhighway. Equally, military missions require reliable and secure data communication pathways. A new class of satellite communication services promises to cover those needs, using various platforms from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to Geostationary (GEO) satellites, jointly referred to as the Internet of Space.

The Keynote speakers will, in two in-depth presentations, discuss technologies and applications from the viewpoint of a major player in the “large constellation” field, and share views of the opportunities the Internet of Space will offer for military markets and missions. The Executive Forum will add to these viewpoints from the perspective of established as well as newly emerging players in the field.

The Internet of Space is a nascent field where opportunities abound, yet many crucial technological decisions still have to be made – for many in the field, it offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make important contributions to a field closely related to state-of-the-art microwave and millimetre-wave technologies. Join us for an exciting day of technology, hear from the experts, and socialise during lunch and the concluding Cocktail Reception!




08:30 - 10:10 EuRAD Opening Session

10:10 - 10:50 Coffee Break

10:50 - 12:30 The Internet of Space – Technologies and Applications
Two keynote speakers from the industry will present their view on key applications and the related technologies needed for the
realisation of the Internet of Space. The presentations will cover commercial as well as military applications.

• The world’s largest satellite constellation ‘OneWeb’ – Redefining satellite communications - Wolfgang Duerr, Airbus DS Inc. USA
• The Connections are Key: The implications of the Internet of Things on military technology - Joe Mariani, Deloitte, USA

12:40 - 13:40 Strategic Analytics Lunch & Learn Session
This session adds a further dimension to the topics by offering a market analytics perspective, illustrating the status, development
and potential of the market for the Internet of Space.

13:50 - 15:30 Microwave Journal Industry Panel Session
This session offers an industrial perspective on the key issues to be addressed in the defence, security and space sector. In accordance with this year’s Defence, Security and Space theme the panel will investigate the opportunities for applications of the Internet of Space as well as address the technological challenges.

15:30 - 16:10 Coffee Break 

16:10 - 17:50 DSS Executive Forum
High level speakers from leading Defence and Space companies present their views and experiences on the upcoming technologies
and applications in the civil and military domains. They will be complemented by speakers from a government agency, consulting
company and a start-up, who will offer their views on research needs, trends and New Space opportunities and challenges. The forum

• Erich Auer, TeSat SpaceCom, Germany
• Wolfgang Duerr, Airbus DS Inc., USA
• Matthias Spott, eightyLEO, Germany
• Joe Mariani, Deloitte, USA
• Siegfried Voigt, DLR, Germany

17:50 - 18:30 Cocktail Reception
The opportunity to network and discuss informally the issues raised throughout the Forum.


Registration fee is €20 for those who registered for a conference and €60 for those not registered for a conference. Registration for this and other EuMW Conferences and events, opens 1st June 2017. 


About EuMA

The European Microwave Association (EuMA) is an international non-profit association with a scientific, educational and technical purpose. The aim of the Association is to develop in an interdisciplinary way, education, training and research activities. [more]

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