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The NewSpace Renaissance
The Space-Tech Powerhouse in Action
February 29th .  2024 . 14:00 UK Time

This programme will offer a multi viewpoint analysis of the communications and connectivity aspects of the NewSpace economy.  Multi earth orbit satellite play plus new age ground stations and other enhancing capabilities, enabling a multitude of practical use cases and applications, comprise the central theme of this programme.  Reshaping technologies, for instance AI, Hyperconverged TMT Networks, Blockchain, and the Industrial Metaverse, which until recently were considered fantastical but which are now ubiquitous and effective in ways that are quite meaningful,  are also key focal points of concern to this programme. 

  • Airbus


Kevin Shortt
Research Project Leader Optical Communications

Kevin's background is in Optical engineering (system design, testing, alignment, measurement and verification), electronic engineering (circuit verification, modification and testing), software development (top-down systems design and data analysis tools), mechanical engineering (test bed design, fabrication and procurement) and documentation (creating, proofing and correcting technical design documents).  He has over 20 years working in the International space industries working on both the operations and research and development sides and has previously held NATO secret clearence. 

  • Atheras Analytics


John  Yates
Managing  Director

John Yates has 35 years of experience in the commercial space sector. After having held key satellite project management positions at SES-Astra and Inmarsat he has provided independant expert advice on space policy and strategy and technical and business aspects of commercial satellite programmes, to satellite businesses and organisations world-wide.  He is currently co-Founder and Managing Director of Atheras Analytics. He is also co-Founder and past-Chairman of Helix Technologies Ltd and a Non-Executive Director and founder-investor at Oxford Space Systems.

  • Capella Space


Mack Koepke 
Vice President of Global Sales

Mack's responsibilities at Capella Space includes the launch of commercial products, establishing and expanding global sales team based in APAC, EUR, LATAM, MEASA, NAM and USG, Leveraging existing relationships to drive market credibility and product offering to fulfill previously unmet customer requirements and to establish an extensive global network of partners (Channel/Reseller, Solution Partners and OEMs) as a key driver of Capella’s go-to-market strategy. Capella Space specialises in earth observation and is the first U.S. company with a constellation of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites.

  • Independent SME DevOps


Esmira Bayramova

Esmira is a subject matter expert in DevOps as applied to space-based communications scenarios.  She has been selected to speak at a number of presigious events including the IAC World Space Week within the Space Science Symposium and the International Astronautical Congress in Baku where she covered a number of subject areas including; space exploration and education opportunities, tackling cosmic pollution, long-term sustainability in space and the potential use of space-based technologies to address the energy problems on Earth.

  • Laser Light Communications 


Tom Koster 
SVP Global Partnerships - Global Carrier Connectivity

Tom has served as SVP for Global Partnerships with Laser Light Communications for seven years, providing an All-Optical Hybrid Global Communications Network - HALO™ for a globally dispersed customer base, overseeing business execution and strategy.  Laser Light Communications is using a hybrid approach, converging terrestrial, sub-sea, and space domains into a global networking platform which delivers a first-of-a-kind 21st century data service that will transform the way high volume data communications traffic is carried and distributed to connect companies, countries, and continents at high speed, flexibly, securely and economically.  

  • Myriota


Chris Gray 
Product Manager Edge Solutions

Chris has over 20 years experience in the Satellite industry working for satellite owners/operators, device manufacturers, chipset/module providers and as a reseller.  Myriota was founded in 2015 to revolutionise IoT through simple, secure and affordable access to data using advanced, direct-to-satellite technology.  Myriota IP covers all aspects of the end-to-end solution; edge, satellite and cloud.  Myriota works through an ecosystem of partners including Solution Providers and OEMs to unlock previously impossible or impractical use cases to deliver tangibly better outcomes across water, agriculture, defence, logistics, environmental monitoring and more.


  • Mynaric


Tim Deaver 
Vice President Strategic Solutions

Tim has 30 plus years of space system experience ranging from satellite design, operations and acquisition to policy and intelligence.  Mynaric is producing optical communications terminals for air, space and mobile applications.  The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, with additional locations in Los Angeles, California, and Washington, D.C.  Its full range of expertise covers laser communication, lasercom, wireless backbone, constellations, aircraft connectivity, high-altitude plaforms (HAPs), UAVs, satellites, smallsats, satellite communication, satellite constellations, internet constellations, high-altitude pseudo satellites, high-altitude long endurance (HALE), and OISL.

  • Phantom Space


Jim Cantrell

Phantom Space offers launch services, spacecraft design and construction, and constellation launch and deployment.  Jim has over 30 years of experience in the space industry, working as an engineer, strategist, and subject matter expert in satellite systems and space system markets.  He has also been a partner and VP at SpaceX, a CTO at Moon Express, and a board member and advisor for several space companies and organizations.  Jim's mission is to increase the scalability and cost-effectiveness of getting to space, and to remove entry barriers for space applications.  He is also the author of "Breaking All The Rules", a book about the origins and trends of the new space race.

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