This year’s Global MilSatCom 2018 Conference brought together over 580 delegates, increasing significantly over the past year, and demonstrating the growing need for resilient satellite solutions in an increasingly contested and congested final frontier. Exhibitors filled the floor and panelists discussed the increasing need for combined commercial and military satcom solution in today’s complex battlespace.
SMi are dlighted to host the largest audience to date!
— SMi Group Defence (@SMiGroupDefence) November 6, 2018
For those of our readers that were unable to attend the event, we have compiled some of the highlights, news, and thoughts from the show floor.
Threats Continuing to Grow
According to Thomas Schamberger, Manager of Airborne Tactical Communications at Collins Aerospace, the challenges of keeping up with the complexities of today’s threats require more investment in technology. “The growing threat from our adversaries continues as countries such as Russia, China, and Iran are outpacing the rest of the world in investment and speed of technology to market,” he told us.
Governments today need to invest and keep up, to compete on the battlespace. “Immediate action is needed,” Schamberger explained. “Military-commercial SATCOM providers need to collaborate and take risks to move updated technology into market faster. We are at the point where it’s okay to “fail fast” and build upon that.”
Governments need to keep up with tech advancements to ensure security of their countries and people. @NicoleCRobinson explains how satellite-based #O3b #MEO managed data services are enhancing situational awareness and safety #globalmilsatcom https://t.co/11LwbBsh2M pic.twitter.com/sRActmGQbo
— SES (@SES_Satellites) November 8, 2018
Growth and Investment on the Rise
Governments are realizing the investment in needed in resilient satcom solutions. According to Northern Sky Research (NSR), after several roller coaster years, the satcom market is now showing steadily growing forecast.
— NSR (@NSR_SatCom) November 7, 2018
Dr. Joseph Blank, Programs Manager for Tactical Airborne Communications at Collins Aerospace, attended the show and shared that many of the panelists and conversations were focused on LEO, MEO, and GEO systems increasing, and the continued growth of infrastructure and available bandwidth. “For the DoD, the next step may be to seek hosted payloads on these systems, with continued development of dedicated systems,” Blank shared with us.
— NSR (@NSR_SatCom) November 8, 2018
Industry and Government Collaboration is Key
As the need for commercial and military satcom solutions grow, it requires more collaboration between government and industry.
“Industry & #gov were brainstorming on capabilities that will provide next-gen #connectivity & services in a cost-efficient way.” @SES_Networks Gerard Donelan shares his #viewfromstage on the insightful sessions that took place earlier this week at Global #MilSatCom 2018! pic.twitter.com/eQcJNiW8Zw
— SES Networks (@SES_Networks) November 9, 2018
— Brad Grady (@NSRGrady) November 8, 2018
This year showed an increased focus on resiliency for satcom, Blank shared. “Whether through prevention of disruption, mitigation of a disruptive, or the use of alternate capability, ensuring access to satcom has been identified as key for support of warfighters.”
Currently there is little resiliency built into today’s systems, according to Schamberg, but nearly every presenter talked about the importance of developing technologies and solutions to protect satellites from attack and make them resilient.
Global #Milsatcom has started w much discussion about intl #cooperation for greater satcom #resiliency in contested environments. @IGCorp’s Rick Henry will explain the advantages of #HTS for #aero managed services & #c4isr: https://t.co/V3eK9Fek2h
— Intelsat General (@IGCorp) November 6, 2018
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