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Written by Catrin Jones, Marketing & PR Executive – Radical Moves PR

This year, the SATELLITE show took place on May 6th, 7thand 8th in the Walter E Exhibition Center in Washington DC. It’s a great event for us to travel to; we get a chance to catch up with our clients and see their latest products in the flesh… plus we get to be DC tourists for a few days! We travelled out over the weekend and felt fresh faced on the Monday ready for a busy three days at the exhibition.

As part of our schedule over in the States we attended the Space Data Association’s annual Member’s Meeting. It was an important insight into operators’ needs regarding space debris and space traffic management. With debris an ever-increasing issue within the space environment, it’s critical that operators are alerted to any debris which could compromise the safety of their satellites. With more and more use of space, it’s important to manage the area and prevent contributing to the issue; space debris is not only causing collisions but being caused by collisions. With the threat of the Kessler Syndrome always in the back of operators’ minds, it is understandable that significant investment is needed to mitigate the impact of the debris already in orbit, prevent collisions and avoid contributing to the problem.

Before heading out to DC, we received some great news about our client, QuadSAT. QuadSAT had been nominated for the Via Satellite Tech of the Year Award for its drone testing tech. The awards luncheon was held on the Wednesday afternoon, where we heard about the most successful and innovative technologies of 2018. It was a great afternoon, and although QuadSAT weren’t named the winner, it was a huge success to have been shortlisted alongside some really fantastic (and in many cases huge!) companies.

On the final day we took part in the Satcoms Innovation Group workshop where Martin Coleman hosted a discussion focusing on current industry opportunities and challenges. Martin gave participants a chance to raise their thoughts and opinions which resulted in some interesting discussions around AI, cyber security, cloud-based tech, 5G and C-band.

SIG also partnered with another client of ours, ETL Systems, to host a really successful champagne networking evening. It was a great chance for SATshow attendees to get together and discuss the latest products available and the change being seen within the industry at the moment. We were also joined by Atlantic Microwave, which is now part of the ETL Systems group.

See you at ConnecTechAsia!

At the end of next week, Helen and Laura are making the long trip over to Singapore for ConnecTechAsia. It’s a great show and many of our clients are heading over to exhibit. Helen has been over to the show a couple of times already however this will be Laura’s first time to the event. It will be great to hear all about her take on the exhibition and conference. Here are 4 things we’ll be looking out for: 

  • The Satcoms Innovation Group is hosting a workshop and tours highlighting the need for innovation and its role in improving operational and cost efficiency in the satcom industry. The agenda is full of industry experts and it’ll be a great chance for some really interesting discussions!
  • Accedo is going to be demonstrating its newly launched sports solution. The solution enables sports service providers to launch OTT and Direct-to-Consumer services to all major platforms. It’s caused a buzz in the industry as it lets viewers personalise what they watch and uses AI business intelligence features to improve the viewing experience.
  • Open Broadcast Systems is going to introduce its RIST solution to Asian markets at BroadcastAsia. The protocol enables vendors to communicate and transfer live content over IP networks quickly and with low latency.
  • ETL Systems is exhibiting at CommunicAsia and will be showcasing its Harrier Matrix, Griffin Redundancy Switch, StingRay RF over fibre DWDM solution and Enigma Switch Matrix.

Although they aren’t exhibiting, representatives from Object Matrix and QuadSat will also be at ConnecTechAsia and are happy to meet for a chat.

If you’d like to arrange any meetings with anyone mentioned in this blog, please feel free to get in touch!