Space-Comm Expo is the UK’s largest trade exhibition showcasing the commercial future of space for business, defence, and aerospace. This strategically important event showcases the manufacturing supply chain for products, services and solutions supplying commercial enterprises and developments in space.
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The space industry is moving forward confidently and hungry for collaboration as it heads towards the second half of 2023.
In a recent research report conducted by Space-Comm Expo, the UK’s largest commercial space sector exhibition, 57% of those surveyed predicted a growth rate of up to 20% in the next 12 months, with a similar percentage increasing their investments by the same margin.
Ahead of the third instalment of the event, industry leaders and experts shared the biggest challenges that need to be addressed for the space industry to reach its predicted heights. The shortage of skilled professionals, which poses a significant barrier to innovation and progress, supply chain issues and a lack of financial support and investment is seen as hampering the current growth potential of businesses within the sector.
Within the report, industry professionals emphasise the need for a global framework for commercial space business, increased financial support, and government upskilling initiatives to provide policy guidance, highlighting the growing need for collaboration across the sector.
A progressive catalyst, Space-Comm Expo, taking place 7-8 June 2023, is tackling these global industry challenges and solutions with the support of leading organisations, associations and government departments, including the likes of UKSpace, Ministry of Defence, ADS Group, Federal Aviation Administration, ESA and UKSpace Agency.
World-class speaker programme
This year’s event agenda is focused on bringing the future of space to reality, covering topics such as the future of the space economy, digital transformation, space exploration missions, space tourism, space sovereignty and global space governance, sustainability and debris mitigation, a multi-orbit future, and creating new economies in space.
Opening the show’s conference programme, astronaut Tim Peake will discuss the current state of the UK space sector and why the industry needs to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers. Peake was the first British ESA astronaut to visit the International Space Station, where his work on its Principia mission was propelled across the globe and is now a best-selling author.
In addition to Tim Peake, the keynote theatre innovators and business leaders that will be sharing expertise, strategies, and research at Space-Comm Expo 2023 include:
The latest speakers announced for Space-Comm Expo include:
- Luke Pollard MP, Shadow Armed Forces Minister
- Natalie Moore, Head of Space Policy, Ministry of Defence
- Prof. Dr Kai-Uwe Schrogl, President of the International Institute of Space Law, ESA
- Harshbir Sangha MBE, Missions and Capabilities Delivery Director for Earth Observation and Low-Earth Orbit Assets, UK Space Agency
- Libby Jackson OBE, Head of Space Exploration, UK Space Agency
- Kelvin Coleman, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
- Jennifer Rogers, Chief Architect for the Payload and Ground Systems division, Northrop Grumman
- Dr Thomas Clayson, Chief Technology Officer, Magdrive
- Aviv Kanelbaum, Business Development & Marketing Manager, IAI
- John Whalley, Chief Executive, Aerospace Wales Forum
- Giuseppe Sisinni, Co-founder, Head of Sales, and CEO, EnduroSat Italy
- Doug Liddle, CEO, In Space Missions Ltd
- Doron Zauer, Co-founder and General Partner, Eath & Beyond Ventures
- Professor Stephen Hobbs, Professor of Space Sensing and Systems, Cranfield University
- David Edwards, Chief Executive, Royal Aeronautical Society
- Dr Richard Soden, Space Solutions Program Manager, Keysight Technologies
- Patricia Skelton, Deputy Head of Astronomy Engagement, Royal Observatory Greenwich
Collaborating with groups, such as UK Students for the Exploration & Development of Space (UKSEDs), Space-Comm Expo will be shining a light on the career opportunities and demand for the sector for the next generation of talent: “UKSEDS are excited to attend and be involved in the organisation of this year’s Future Workforce and Meet the Engineer panels at Space-Comm Expo 2023. We are glad to continue our long-term partnership with Space-Comm, and for the opportunity to represent the voice of students and young professionals in the space industry at the UK’s largest space event.”
Organised by Hub Exhibitions, in partnership with Farnborough International, this year’s future-focused education programme will be showcased across three dedicated theatres, Keynote, Small Sats and Future of Space, which will cover insightful debates, technology and product-led showcases, and keynotes sharing the opportunities and challenges that are shaping industry.
Cementing itself as a staple in the space industry calendar, Space-Comm Expo 2023 has continued its exponential growth, with aerospace leaders and technology providers, including BAE Systems, Northrup, Rolls-Royce, Maxar, CGI, AWS, Dassault, Viasat and Qinetic exhibiting across the two-day event. SMEs such as leading manufacturer of high frequency satellite communications technology, ReliaSat will be exhibiting its new Ka-band electronically steered Phased Array Antenna for the first time in the UK and EFS will be showcasing its project shipping department and worldwide capabilities through its renowned global network.
Three country and state pavilions will also be featured across the exhibition. The Italian Trade Agency, State of Florida and Czech Republic Aerospace pavilions will be showcasing change agents offering global solutions.
The pioneering exhibition includes over 150 industry-leading organisations from 17 countries, with more than 30% of the businesses exhibiting at the event are international.
The place to do business
Meet the Buyer at Space-Comm Expo is where the space industry does business. The programme brings together decision-makers across the supply chain to further the commercial space sector with future-altering partnerships and lucrative deals through pre-qualified and approved meetings.
The 2023 edition of the Meet the Buyer programme has also invited investors and financial backers in attendance in a Buyer capacity, providing an exclusive opportunity for SMEs in the space sector seeking financial investment for their products/services to meet the right people.
All eyes are on the UK space industry this year and Space-Comm Expo is where they will gather in June. To register for Space-Comm Expo for free or to get more information on exhibiting, please visit: www.space-comm.co.uk