The third instalment of the “Software Defined Space Conference” (SDSC) series, dedicated to the critical realm of cybersecurity in space, is set to unfold from October 31st to November 2nd in Tallinn, Estonia.

Through the use of software, we have the capability to transform how we utilise and gain benefits from our space assets. We can accurately predict and visualise future demands, while also facilitating the coming together of service providers and consumers.


It’s important to recognise that the increased value of space technologies today is primarily driven by software advancements and the expanding realm of connectivity. In 2022, the space sector entered a new era in which cyber security assumed a pivotal role in ensuring the uninterrupted provision of services and overall sustainability. Consequently, it has become imperative to address cyber security considerations within space systems right from their initial design stages.


Hence, the primary focus of this event centres around two key areas: software development and cyber security within the realm of space technology. The overarching goal is to heighten awareness about the potential of these technologies, explore avenues for commercialisation, and foster the growth of the space community. All of this is in service of advancing sustainable development within the sector.

Co-organisers of the Software Defined Space Conference 2023


31.10 - DAY 0 - Free for everyone and no ticket required

9:00 - 10:00
Welcome coffee
10:00 - 15:30

Room “Keldrisaal”

10:00 – 11:30 Estonian National Space Law

Paul Liias (Head of Space, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia)

Tea Kookmaa (NJORD Law Firm)


11:30 – 13:00 Space Traffic Coordination Monitor

Kaarel Hanson (Guardtime)


Room “Valge Saal”

11:30 – 13:00 Space Cyber Ranges

Kristiina Omri (CybExer Technologies)

Sten Feldman (CybExer Technologies)

Tanel Kuusk (CybExer Technologies)

Silver Lodi (Spaceit)


14:00 – 15:30 In Orbit Demonstration

Stefano Alberico (Skudo)

Grzegorz Gajoch (KP Labs)

Johannes Willbold (Ruhr University Bochum)

Laurent Thoeny (CYSEC)


13:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 18:00
The European Space Agency Investor Forum

Find the agenda and register here: ESA Investor Forum 2023


Keynote Speaker 

Martin Ruubel (CEO of Nortal, Cybersecurity)


Panel discussion – Achieving Investment Readiness and How to Raise Capital

Sven Lilla (Tartu Science Park) – moderator

Linda Võeras (Karma Ventures)

Andres Labi (Estonian Investment Agency)


Space startup pitches by






Galt Tec

Estonian Student Satellite Foundation

17:00 - 19:00
CASSINI Hackathon warm-up

Find out more about it here: 6th CASSINI Hackathon | Garage48

18:30 - 22:00
Networking event

All participants of the conference are welcome to take part in the social event.

01.11 - DAY 1

9:00 - 10:00
Welcome coffee
10:00 - 10.15

Johannes Tralla (conference moderator)

10:15 - 11:00
Keynote speaker

Dr. Pascal Faucher (Chairman of the European Union Space Surveillance and Tracking Partnership, CNES)

11:00 - 11:45
Governance of Cyber Security Liability and Certification - How Can Anyone Say They Are Cybersecure?

Alberto Rueda Carazo (European Space Policy Institute) – moderator

Larry Martinez (California State University, Long Beach)

Antonio Carlo (Tallinn University of Technology)

11:45 - 12:00
Coffee break
12:00 - 12:45
Cyber Security Legislation on Regional and Global Level - Contradictions Between National Laws

Grete Toompere (Estonian Ministry of Defence) – moderator

Anna Blechova (Masaryk University)

Clemence Poirier (European Space Policy Institute)

Liisi Jürgen (Njord Law Firm)

12:45 - 13:30
Lessons From Ukraine to the Space Sector

Mihkel Tikk (Estonian Defence Forces Cyber Command) – moderator

Clemence Poirier (European Space Policy Institute)

Jaak Tarien (Cybernetica)

13:30 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:15
Keynote speaker

Pablo Gallego Sanmiguel (Senior Vice President of Sales & Customers, PLD Space)

“Making Space Accessible to All with the MIURA Family”

15:15 - 16:00
Space Cyber Ranges vs Cybersecurity Exercises vs Tabletop Format in the Space Domain

Hannes Krause (CR14) – moderator

Bartłomiej Ziółkowski (CDeX)

Silver Lodi (Spaceit)

Martin Ruubel (Nortal)

16:00 - 16:30
Coffee break
16:30 - 17:15
Cyber Security In Orbit Demonstration

David Evans (European Space Agency) – moderator

Stefano Alberico (Skudo)

Grzegorz Gajoch (KP Labs)

Johannes Willbold (Ruhr University Bochum)

Luca Gambazzi (CYSEC)

17:15 - 17:55
Fireside Chat - Space Safety and Traffic Coordination Platforms

Paul Liias (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications)

Joao Alves (European Union Agency for the Space Programme)

17:55 - 18:00
Closing remarks

Johannes Tralla

End of the day
19:00 - 23:00
Networking event

All participants of the conference are welcome to take part in the social event in Hell Hunt at the heart of Tallinn Old Town.

02.11 - DAY 2

9:30 - 10:00
Welcome coffee 
10:00 - 10:05
Introduction to the second day

Johannes Tralla

10:05 - 10:45
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Daniel Fischer (Head of Ground Segment System and Cybersecurity Engineering, European Space Agency)

10:45 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 11:45
Cyber Security and Radio Spectrum Infrastructure Vulnerability in Space

Erik Kulu (NewSpace Index)

Paul Coggin (nou Systems, Inc)

11:45 - 12:30
AI Applications for Data Security

Marily Hendrikson (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications) – moderator

Kaupo Voormansik (KappaZeta)

Tanel Tammet (Tallinn University of Technology)

Martin Rebane (Tartu Science Park)

12:30 - 13:00
Snack break
13:00 - 13:45
Space Cyber Security Commercialisation - From Science to User Needs

Silver Lodi (Spaceit) – moderator

Hlib Cheporniuk (European Space Agency)

Stefano Alberico (Skudo)

13:45 - 14.30
Software Defined Satellites - New Projects and Outlook

Angelina Bekasova (Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia)

Juan Jose Grosso (Osmium)

Laur Edvard Lindmaa (Tartu Observatory)

14:30 - 14:45
The Future of Software Defined Space Conference

Sander Sipelgas (Estonian Space Office)

14:45 - 15:00
Closing remarks

Johannes Tralla

End of the conference

Speakers of 2023

Come join the discussion on the future of space and cyber security



Here is a sneak peek into the the list of organisations whose representatives will be present on stage:




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Want to present your company at the next Software Defined Space Conference?


The next conference will offer the possibility for organisations to present their technologies and ideas at the designated exhibition area. This is a perfect opportunity to network and connect with organisations, investors or other visitors.


Registration is open until 15 October and you can access the form by clicking here.


There are only 8 spots available so hurry up!


Software Defined Space Conference 2023

Mustpeade Maja, Tallinn, Estonia


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