Upcycling, recycling and de-orbiting satellites

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Enter the world of satellite upcycling, recycling and de-orbiting at the next Non-Terrestrial Networks SIG event

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About the event

Thanks to low earth orbit constellations, Satellite telecommunications networks are on the verge of mass market adoption. Low cost launches and commercial mass manufacturing methods have created a rapid increase in the number of satellites - half of the those in orbit today were launched in the last 3 years.

The opportunities this brings are immense, going beyond monitoring and communications.  Factories manufacturing advanced materials and power stations beaming down power to Earth will be prototyped before the end of the decade. With this scale of activity comes an ever greater number of obsolescent and end-of-life objects circling our planet - space junk.  

Enter the world of satellite upcycling, recycling and de-orbiting - extending the life or upgrading existing satellites through in-orbit refuelling, reconfiguration, servicing or collection and deorbiting.

This in-person event is taking place at the historical Jesus College, Univeristy of Cambridge and will provide delegates with ample opportunities to network with fellow attendees to explore the themes of this event.

Following this event all delegates are invited to join the CW Founders' Dinner drinks reception, which is being held in the same location. The Founders' Dinner is an invitation-only event and offers business networking opportunities for Founder member organisations within the CW network.

Employees of CW member organisations can attend this event for free. You will need to be logged into your CW account to access your free ticket – log in (or reset your password here)

Tickets for non-members are £50 plus VAT. CW membership may be more cost effective for your organisation than fully priced tickets – find out more about CW membership benefits.

Sponsorship: We have limited sponsorship and display table opportunities available for these popular events so if you are interested in maximising your organisation’s profile, please contact sponsorship@cambridgewireless.co.uk for further information.

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Registration & networking


Introduction to CW from Paul Crane, CEO of CW (Cambridge Wireless)


Session 1: Session chaired by Stewart Marsh, Cambridge Consultants and CW SIG Champion


Andrew Ratcliffe, Chief Engineer, Office of the Chief Engineer (OCE), UK Space Agency

‘Sustainability of the Space Environment: Status, Risks and Approaches’


Jason Forshaw, Head of Business Development & Product Strategy, Astroscale

'Towards Sustainable Space: Astroscale's Pioneering Active Debris Removal and In-orbit Servicing Missions'


Refreshment Break


Session 2: Chaired by Paul Morris, Ensilica and CW SIG Champion


Peter Death, Director Secure Space Systems, Space, Defence and Intelligence, CGI

'Space Sustainability By Design: The Importance of Space Domain Awareness'


Simon Reid, Managing Director, De-Orbit

‘Striding towards a circular economy in space’

Simon will provide an overview of D-Orbit’s world-first space logistics and transportation services, debris removal and the steps towards upcycling and recycling.


Panel session with all speakers


Closing remarks


Delegates are invited to join the CW Founders' Dinner drinks reception, which is being held in the same location


Peter Death - Director Consulting Services, Secure Space Systems, CGI

Peter is a Director at CGI, working in the Secure Space Systems division. He has Business Development responsibilities for Space Sustainability including In-Orbit Servicing and Manufacturing, Space Based Solar Power, Space Situational Awareness and Resilient PNT (Position Navigation and Timing). Peter has worked on a wide range of space, defence and utility projects over the past 20 years and recently lead the creation of the UK Space Domain Awareness report.

Jason Forshaw - Head of Business Development & Product Strategy, Astroscale

Dr Jason Forshaw is the Head of Business Development and Product Strategy at Astroscale. A recognized leader in the field of active debris removal, Jason has had key roles in several of the world’s most pioneering missions including RemoveDebris, ELSA-d, ELSA-M and COSMIC. His past industrial experience includes Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, QinetiQ. He has two masters in Aero/Astro and a PhD in Electronics Engineering; his alma mater includes Sheffield University, Surrey Space Centre, Virginia Tech (exchange) and Stanford University. Jason is frequently involved in ADR panels and events: from presenting on space sustainability at the inaugural UN World Space Forum, to chairing at NASA’s orbital debris conferences, to being an in-orbit-servicing panellist at World Satellite Business Week.

Andrew Ratcliffe - Chief Engineer, UK Space Agency

Andrew Ratcliffe is Chief Engineer at the UK Space Agency (UKSA) leading the Office of the Chief Engineer (OCE) which serves as principal advisor to the Deputy CEO on matters pertaining to the technical readiness and execution of UKSA programmes. Andrew also represents HMG as head of delegation at a number of international forums including the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Science and Technical Subcommittee (UNCOPUOS STSC) and Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC). Prior to joining the UKSA, Andrew worked for Airbus Defence and Space where his role included leading a number of mission studies and technology development activities for ESA across Science and Exploration including the development of a Harpoon for capturing space debris.

Simon Reid - Managing Director, D-Orbit

Simon Reid is Managing Director of the UK branch of D-Orbit, where he is responsible for leading D-Orbit’s business and technology development in the UK. Simon is a business and technical manager with a solid information technology background and 30 years of experience in the space industry, developing system architecture and operational software systems for clients such as European Space Agency, Eumetsat, Eutelsat, Galileo & the UK Space Agency. Simon joined D-Orbit in mid-2019 because, in his words, “D-Orbit is a truly interdisciplinary space company with capabilities that cover the whole lifetime of a space mission.” His goal is to contribute to the growth of the UK space industry by identifying and pursuing its untapped potential.

SIG Champions

Kieran Arnold - Systems Engineer, Future Systems, Satellite Applications Catapult

Kieran has held various senior technical and executive roles over the past 30 years which included R&D Chief Technical Officer for Orange / France Telecom R&D and Head of Payload Systems Engineering, Airbus Space & Defence. He is currently Director of Ubiquitous Connectivity in the Satellite Applications Catapult and General Manager of the Westcott Site where they host their 5G testbed. Kieran leads on two major 5G projects, firstly a project funded by SEMLEP for Milton Keynes Smart City 5G deployment and a DCMS funded project for Dorset Council providing rural connectivity using satellite and terrestrial connectivity.

Steve Clarke - CTO, Wyld Networks Ltd

Previously a senior BBC engineer and lecturer at Salford University, Steve has many years of experience in software and electronics, from RF telemetry and low-power radio bridges to the multi award-winning Tag McLaren AV processors, EPOS & smart energy meters. Steve founded two IoT companies and led the development team of ACIS (now Vix Technology), growing them to become the UK’s largest bus telematics company.

Stewart Marsh - Head of Aerospace, Cambridge Consultants

As head of aerospace at Cambridge Consultants, Stewart leads the company's collaboration within the sector. Central to Stewart's role is helping companies achieve complex technology breakthroughs that unlock transformative business value. This has included a world-first Push-to-Talk satellite service and an innovative beyond visual line-of-sight UAV solution using low power satellite technology. With over 20 years' technology experience, Stewart has held a range of senior technology roles and has a wealth of expertise across aerospace, mobile communications and GNSS.

Paul Morris - VP RF and Communications Business Unit, EnSilica plc

Paul has 30 years’ experience working on various wireless and semi-conductor systems most recently promoting semiconductors for Ka-band beamformers for satellite connectivity and growing EnSilica’s business. He gained his semiconductor experience from CSR’s early days through to its trade sale to Qualcomm where he was Senior Director, Technology covering a range of mobile, security, wireless audio and automotive products. He enjoys growing international technology businesses and has lived and worked in France and China. Paul is active in various Cambridge local networks including CW and Cambridge Network and has acted in advisory roles for start-ups.

Jaime Reed - Vice President, Space Data Platforms and Applications, CGI

Jaime loves working with clients to invent the Space services of the future. He leads Space Data Platforms and Applications team in the UK for CGI, the largest IT and business consulting company in the space sector. Using SatCom and Remote Sensing technologies his team work on topics like smart cities, connected transport, AI, 5G, geospatial applications and HAPS. Jaime has spent 20 years in the space industry as a systems engineer and project manager working on some of the most complex ground, satellite and software systems for clients like the European Space Agency and NASA. Jaime has a Doctorate in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics and is a Chartered Engineer.

Cyril Valadon - Technical Director, MediaTek (MTK Wireless Limited)

Cyril is Technical Director with MediaTek in Cambourne where he is leading the Core Technology Division in the wireless business unit. He completed his PhD at the University of Surrey where he was looking at the use of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) techniques for multimedia satellite communication systems (in the heady days of Globalstar, Iridium, ICO, …). He has since spent 20 years in the semiconductor industry standardizing, architecting and developing wireless chipsets for numerous cellular communication standards. His team is currently working on a variety of development projects for 5G/NR solutions and he is personally very keen in exploring opportunities to apply these solutions for different applications.

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Frankopan Hall, Jesus College, West Court, 22 Jesus Lane, Jesus College, Cambridge, CB5 8BQ

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