Coffee and Conversation at Australasia Satellite Forum 2018

The Australasia Satellite Forum (ASF) 2018, which is taking place from May 22-23 in Sydney, Australia, is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier communications satellite industry event.

ILS is proud to be a sponsor at the event – the ILS Barista Cart was a huge hit as there were lines all morning and afternoon to get some coffee!

In between coffee breaks, conference keynotes and networking, Kevin Reyes, ILS Senior Director, Sales for the Asia/Pacific region, was a panelist on the launch vehicle session on May 22. Now in its ninth year, ASF has grown into a global forum for addressing a wide range of satellite-related topics affecting the commercial satellite industry, military and governments.

The launch panelists addressed reliability, cost and availability of launch vehicles in today’s market. With over 417 launches to date, including 96 commercial missions, Reyes said that the Proton vehicle has evolved over time to meet changing spacecraft mass characteristic for dedicated, dual, multi-launch, and rideshare missions.

Reyes, a veteran of the space industry, having worked on the satellite and launch side of the business, joined ILS in 2016.

Space industry leaders heard from keynote speakers Rose Vivian, Department of Defense of Australia, and Bridget McKenzie, Regional Communications Minister of Australia.