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SpaceOps 2023 is a unique opportunity to meet east and west world-class scientists, practitioners, engineers and leaders in space industry to discuss the hot research topics and state-of-the-art technologies and innovations in the space sector. All of this and more are present in this event organized by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).

This international forum is a valuable opportunity for our distinguished delegates to explore all aspects of space mission operations, including areas such as robotics, human, earth-orbiting, and deep space aspects of space operations. It also allows them to learn about the latest technologies and opportunities in this sector, and how advanced space technologies can contribute to finding solutions for the future of humanity.



You are working on a Cubesat project and attending the SpaceOps 2023 ? The cubesat workshop will be the perfect opportunity for you to share your work in front of a passionate audience ! To apply, click on the button below :



Space Operations for Constellation of CubeSat/Nanosatellite Workshop

Date: 5 March 2023

Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Location: Dubai World Trade Centre

Do you want to learn how to carry out space operations for Constellation of CubeSats/Nanosatellites? Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is collaborating with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) to host the workshop in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It will be held in conjunction to the SpaceOps 2023 conference. During this one day event, students and young professionals will have the opportunity to learn about different approaches to space operations as well as to hear about  international peers working on cubesat/nanosatellite constellations projects.

During this workshop, participants from around the world will learn about the different philosophies behind cubesat/nanosatellite operations. Two Participants or group of participants will also have the opportunity to showcase their project.

After the lectures by each representative, all participants will have a chance to engage in discussions via a panel discussion.

The workshop is open to students and young professionals. If you aspire to work for a company, an international space agency, or if you are interested in starting your own satellite operations company, then this one day workshop is a great opportunity to learn about the challenges and excitement of space operations.

Registration Costs: Workshop Registration is free.


Agenda Outline

 Time  Agenda  Details


Registration Check-in

 Registration Required (no fee)



 SGAC Workshop- Chair : Chiara Cocchiara

 Opening from Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).

 Additional Message from  SpaceOps ExCom


Participant Introduction

  Ice Breaker


SYP Presentations

“SolSat: A Low-Cost 3-U CubeSat System for Space Weather applications – Yousuf Mohammed Faroukh

  SYP Presentation 2





Technical Presentations

“Design and Development of a CubeSat-scale Robotic Arm Test Bed to be Deployed to the International Space Station” – Jin S. Kang, Ph.D.

“Ressources/Services/Demands relationship on. a federated cubesat constellation system operation perspective.” – Carlos Gomes Batista

“Italian first deep space missions to the Moon and beyond: ArgoMoon and LICIACube” – Simone Pirrotta


Coffee Break & Group Photo



 Panel Discussion




 Closing Remarks

  SGAC Workshop Co-Chair : Charlotte Flory


*Note: More details coming soon*

Speed Mentoring Event

Date:7 March 2023
Time: 20:00- 21:30
Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)

The Speed Mentoring Event is a great chance to kick-start connections that build over time, create chance meetings and to meet with students, early stage professionals, experienced mentors and even possibly a future employer in the space operations industry.

Share a table with top  managers and experts to ask questions, seek advice, and learn more about  their personal experiences which shaped their professional careers.

This event is energizing for both students and young space professionals as well as the senior mentors, providing both groups with a unique networking opportunity.

Registration Costs: Event Registration is free.

Seats are limited. Applications will be evaluated by the event Organising Committee and candidates will be notified via email on the outcome. Apply ASAP!

How it Works

Each Student or Young Professional (Mentee) sits at one of the tables with one Mentor. Each Mentor gets 10 minutes at the table to talk about their personal career background, advice on how to develop a career/life path, and answer questions (Examples: “what was one difficult challenge you faced in your career and how did you overcome it?; What are 3 tips you learned over the years that you wish you knew earlier as a student or young professional?). After 10 minutes, the mentor must rotate to the next table and meet a new set of Mentees!

A networking event will take place after the speed mentoring event and will allow all the participants to further network and follow up on discussions with the mentors.

There is no registration fee, although places are limited, so book your participation at the SpaceOps Speed Mentoring session today!



Alice Bowman (TBC)

Alice Bowman Alice Bowman is a member of the Principal Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. She is the Space Mission Operations Group Supervisor and the New Horizons Mission Operations Manager (MOM). She supervises approximately 45 staff members who operate deep space and Earth-orbiting spacecraft, including TIMED, STEREO, New Horizons, Van Allen Probes and Parker Solar Probe. As the New Horizons MOM, Alice leads the team that controls the spacecraft that made a historic flyby of the Pluto system in July 2015. The team is now preparing for its next flyby, past a Kuiper Belt object nicknamed “Ultima Thule,” scheduled for January 1, 2019 – more than 6.5 billion kilometers from Earth. Prior to operating spacecraft, she worked in the fields of computer modeling, drug research and long-wave detector research.

Alice has a degree in chemistry and physics from the University of Virginia and has more than 29 years of experience in space operations. She is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and has served on the International SpaceOps Committee since 2009.



Harry Shaw, D.Sc. (TBC) Harry Shaw has over 30 years of experience in computer networking, microwave communications, information theory, microelectronics and space communications. He supports the NASA/GSFC Space Network project which operates the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite spacecraft constellation by managing upgrades to the ground segment and supporting customers adapting to new services. He is coordinating efforts within the Space Network to support future Cubesat customers. Harry is involved in technology development and has received two patents. He also works with university partners to advance space communications technology.


Andrew Monham (TBC)

Andrew Monham has 32 years’ experience in the space industry, having graduated with a Master of Engineering in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Southampton University in England. Andrew led the system preparation and transition into operations of the ground station and near-real-time product processing for ESA’s first European Remote Sensing satellite (ERS-1) and subsequently led the flight operations system preparation for ENVISAT. He performed consultancy to EUMETSAT as System Manager on the European Polar System / Metop mission, following which he joined the management team of a Small-Medium Enterprise in Belgium, developing the business, as well as Project Managing contracts with ESA. Andrew then moved back to EUMETSAT where he is responsible for Low Earth Orbit Spacecraft Operations.

Andrew is also deeply involved in debris conjunction management and space weather impacts, as well as EUMETSAT’s technical, management and financial interfaces with external partners and stakeholders.



Kevin Marston (TBC)

Kevin Marston is the System Operations Manager at EUMETSAT. He has been working in systems engineering and operations for over thirty years, in industry, ESA and for the last years at EUMETSAT. Having studied aeronautics and astronautics and working initially in systems and software development in England, then Kevin moved to Germany, where he is located today. 

Kevin’s responsibilities cover the day to day operations of the ground segments for all of EUMETSAT ‘s programmes, as well as the coordination of the system operations preparation for the future programmes and their transition into operations. In addition he is the chair of the security committee. Kevin is also a member of the SpaceOps committee.



Andiswa Mlisa (TBC)

Ms Andiswa Mlisa is the Managing Director of Earth Observation directorate at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA). Prior to joining SANSA, she was at the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) Secretariat, based in Geneva, Switzerland, responsible for the coordination of the AfriGEOSS initiatives and capacity building. A graduate of the Universities of Fort Hare and Stellenbosch in GIS and Remote Sensing, she spent her early career years developing geospatial solutions for water resource management and disaster risk reduction. She aims to use her over 17 years of experience and passion for developing partnerships in earth observations & space applications initiatives to mainstream use of Earth observations for service delivery.



Alexsander Schmid (TBC)

Alexander Schmidt studied physics at the Ludwigs-Maximilians university in Munich a got a doctorate degree in high energy physics. After two years as a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for mathematics in the sciences he started working at the Mobile Rocket Base (MORABA ) for the DLR German Aerospace Center. At MORABA he was project manager for the REXUS/BEXUS project, temporarily part of the telemetry group and involved in many MORABA launch campaigns in different functions.These days he is part of MORABA’s control systems and sensors group and is working with attitude controls systems and inertial guidance systems for sounding rockets.


Technical Tours

A technical Tour will be offered at the Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences and Technology (SAASST) on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

SYP will appreciate this great opportunity to discover the space and beyond through a memorable experience of learning through hands-on and entertainment activities, including watching a scientific film under a dome of exceeding18 meters diameter. SAASST can host over 200 visitors, equipped with a set of high-precision digital projectors. The most advanced MegaStar projector can display nearly 10 million celestial bodies and other projectors can display the planets sway gracefully around the sun in the most beautiful astronomical rhythm. We are honored to invite you to join us on our journey to space.

 Further details on the exact departure times will be given closer to the event.

Registration costs: Tour Registration is free.

Date: 7 March 2023
Time: 18:15- 19:15
Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)

This one-hour event will host a panel discussion carried out by inspiring women working in space operations, representing agencies and industries from all over the world. 
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Organisers and Contacts

Chiara Cocchiara: [email protected]

Young Lee: [email protected]

Gladys Magagula: [email protected]

Charlotte Flory: [email protected]

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