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Satellites and Business


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This event will draw on experts from the commercial space and satellite community to examine the current trend and many future opportunities for satellites and business.

Date and Time

10 October 2018 - 18:30-21:00


Strasbourg, France - icon_popup  (See map)


Jointly organised by the Satellite Systems and Applications

About this event

For many years the commercial opportunities offered by the use of satellites focussed on communications using large satellites in geostationary orbit. More recently, navigation-based services have started to develop based on global navigation satellites. Currently, a surge in small, rapidly-developed and launched satellites is facilitating an entirely new set of commercial activities in orbit.

This event will draw on experts from the commercial space and satellite community to examine the current trend and many future opportunities for satellites and business.

Speaker information

Peter Platzer
CEO of Spire Global

Peter Platzer co-founded Spire in 2012 with a vision to provide high frequency/high accuracy satellite-powered data from anywhere on earth. While Platzer is regarded as a pioneer in launching small form factor satellites into space, he is also known for his visionary leadership and was named a White House Champion of Change in 2013. Prior to launching Spire, Platzer trained at CERN, Max Planck Institute, interned at NASA Ames’ Space Portal, and was awarded an MSS from the International Space University, an MS in Physics from the Technical University of Vienna and an MBA from Harvard


Peter Platzer  

Chris Welch (Moderator for this event)
Professor of Space Engineering, International Space University, Strasbourg

Chris Welch is a Professor of Space Engineering at the International Space University, Strasbourg, France, where he is also Director of Masters Programs. Chris is a Vice-President of the International Astronautical Federation and a former member of European Commission H2020 Space Advisory Committee, a member of the International Academy of Astronautics Small Satellite Committee and the Institute of Engineering and Technology Satellite Applications Committee.


Chris Welch  

Paul Wells,
Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of GovSat

Paul Wells is the Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of GovSat. Taking on the role in September 2016 he is responsible for working closely with our customers to develop offerings that match their needs using GovSat-1. Before joining GovSat he worked for QinetiQ where he created , developed and grew several highly successful businesses in the Communications, Intelligence, Security and ISR domains for Defence, Security and Commercial customers. He also spent time working in Government on creating and delivering highly challenging technical programmes into operational use. He has over 34 years of experience in satcoms for Defence and Security applications.

Paul Wells  


18.30 Registration/Networking

19.00 Introduction by Chairman/ Moderator: Chris Welch, Professor Space Engineering, International Space University, Strasbourg

19.10 Peter Platzer, CEO, Spire Global

19.30 Paul Wells, Vice President Government Satellite Communications.Chief Commercial Officer, GovSat

19.50 Speaker from SES – details to be confirmed

20.10 Panel Discussion

20.35 Q&A Session

20.55 Chairman’s wrap up and close

Reasons to attend

  • Learn from the experts on the commercial opportunities around Satellites
  • Networking and information sharing with satellite professionals from the technical and commercial sectors


Free to attend

Additional information

This event is part of World Space Week.

For more information please visit.. http://www.worldspaceweek.org/

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