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Small satellites have evolved from being predominantly technology demonstrators, to being real operational tools and assets. Small satellite technology has matured to the point where such missions are now increasingly being used across a wide range of applications, including commercial communications, secure communications, ship tracking and operational Earth Observation.

Smallsats can be relatively inexpensive, and can be deployed within short timescales, making them particularly suitable in “responsive space” applications and in providing entry-level services, thus making some applications financially viable. Furthermore, formations and constellations of small satellites provide some capabilities which cannot be carried out in any other way with single spacecraft.

This workshop will provide an overview of how, where, and in which applications small satellite communication systems are being used. It will also provide an insight into the technology, capabilities and potential of small satellite systems in a range of applications.

• To learn about the capabilities of small satellites in LEO, MEO and GEO
• To learn on how others are using small satellite systems
• To better understand the role of small satellites in modern milsatcoms applications, and where they can be used as cost-effective tools.
• To learn about emerging applications of small satellite in modern milsatcoms
• To learn about how small satellite can be used in constellations to provide unique capabilities.

Workshop LEADER


Alex da Silva Curiel

International Business Development Manager, SSTL

Alex da Silva Curiel holds a Masters degree in Satellite Engineering from the University of Surrey. He is co-chair for the International Astronautical Congress small satellite symposium, and is a member of several conference technical committees. Alex has been employed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. since 1989 working on over 40 small satellite missions. Alex currently holds the role of international business development manager, and has previously held positions in communications systems engineering, systems engineering, Head of Research and Development, and as Group Technical Director.


Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) is the world's leading small satellite company, delivering complete mission solutions for remote sensing, science, navigation and telecommunications systems.

SSTL has provided a range of small satellites in support of military and communications applications, as well missions for space agencies and commercial service providers. Since 1981 SSTL has manufactured and launched nearly 50 satellites. SSTL is based in Guildford UK , employs 500 staff, and is owned by Airbus Defence & Space.

working on satellite platforms, subsystems and optical instruments., as well as providing training and development programmes, consultancy services, and mission studies for ESA, NASA, international governments and commercial customers.

Workshop programme

12:30 Registration and Coffee

13:00 Opening Remarks and Introductions

13:30 Small Satellites for MilSat Communications – Research and Development

14:10 Small Satellites for Milsat Communications – Low cost satellite systems

14:50 Afternoon Tea

15:20 Small Satellites for Milsat Communications – Applications

16:00 Small Satellites for Milsat Communications – Technology

16:40 Closing Remarks


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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