Since Defence IQ launched the inaugural Space Operations Summit in 2019, NATO has approved its first space policy and recognised space as an operational domain. These developments emphasise that the outcome of future multi-domain operations will depend on NATO’s ability both to generate capability in space and to leverage space-based capabilities across the joint environment.

Space Operations 2020 offers a platform for military space professionals, joint-space users, aerospace leaders and space SMEs to translate space concepts into robust capabilities.  The conference is also committed to enhancing dialogue on the space industrial base and to enabling the agile acquisition processes that can rapidly and iteratively build capability in NATO’s newest warfighting domain.

The workshop and opening plenary sessions acknowledge that our ability to operate in and from space depends on improved access to space. For the military user, that means leveraging partnerships with commercial launch service providers to generate a reliable, affordable and repeatable launch capability. Only through improved access to launch can defence effectively build capability in space, enhancing SSA, improving resiliency for space-based systems and fielding small-sat development.

Last, but just as important, the programme will look at the delivery of effect from space. As multi-domain thinking continues to mature, it is vital that we consider how to integrate space capabilities and effects with forces operating in the air, on land, at sea and in cyberspace.

2020 Summit Speakers Included

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Coordinate NATO thinking on space by attending the only forum committed both to exploring space as an operational domain and as an enabler for future joint operations

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Improve access to space by developing partnerships with commercial launch service providers to deliver a repeatable, cost-effective launch capability

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Enhance capability in space by identifying information, network and cyber technologies capable of improving command and control, situational awareness and resilience for space-based systems

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Deliver effect from space by improving real-time connectivity and data relay to support the integration of space as a core component of the joint fight

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The Space Operations Summit

The inaugural  Space Operations Summit welcomed speakers from 10 nations and a truly international attendee faculty to London. Missed the summit? Find out what you missed with the Defence iQ Space Operations Post Show Report.