13 July 2016 “Assuring Access to Space” RUSI London


From the Assuring Access to Space event websiteRUSI July 2016

13 July 2016,

9:00 to 17:00
RUSI Whitehall
We are on the cusp of a new space era. New technology poised to make dramatic changes to how and why we use space, and with increasing competition both in military and commercial spheres, the world is facing a revolution in the space business

The evolution of technology has dramatically changed the way in which space is and can be used. New projects like OneWeb and Google’s TerraBella, which propose to launch hundreds of satellites into space with a view to providing low cost or free access to broadband and imagery services, will revolutionise the space business.

However, with non state actors such as Daesh already using Google maps andSATCOM to target their adversaries and commercially available satellite navigation technologies for manoeuvre, how this technology is deployed could have serious security implications.

At the same time space is becoming more and more contested. Senior Pentagon officials went on the record in April, expressing concern at the development of Chinese and Russian anti-satellite capabilities. This now includes ground based lasers to dazzle or blind satellites, direct ascent missile systems (Russian Nudol and Chinese SC-19 and DN-2), manoeuvring satellites, satellites with grappling arms, electromagnetic and cyber weapon systems. Worryingly, these systems are now being deployed against both military and commercial platforms, with the Russian Lauch satellite parking itself in close proximity to an Intelsat communications satellite and other platforms during 2015.

At this conference analysts from across the space community will consider the trends, use and future of the new era of space.

Speakers Include:

  • Winston A. Beauchamp, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force
  • Maj. Gen. Clinton E. Crosier, USAF, Director of Plans and Policy USSTRATCOM
  • Air Commodore Al Gillespie, Air Officer Battlespace Management, RAF
  • Brigadier General Jean-Daniel Testé, French Joint Space Command
  • James Hinds, Head of Strategy for Space Systems, Airbus
  • Dex Torricke-Barton, Head of Communications, SpaceX

Conference Prices

Standard: £250 + VAT

Corporate £200 + VAT

Government/SME/Academia £100 + VAT

Event Manager:
Sabrina Downey
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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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