(29 November 2016 – New York City) - The Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) and its UK Chapter announced today that David Morris, Chair of the UK Parliamentary Space Committee, will speak at the 2nd Annual Better Satellite World Awards 2016 dinner on 5 December at London’s prestigious One Whitehall Place.

The long-established and well respected all-Party Parliamentary Space Committee raises awareness in and around Parliament of the importance of space-based applications to the UK economy, to policy, to society and to the sciences. Also, the Committee highlights the UK’s leading role in the global space economy and the benefits from the UK’s space investments.

During the Awards Dinner, David will update guests regarding the UK’s Space industry strategy and the latest discussions in the parliament in relation to the satellite sector.

At the Dinner, SSPI will honor the four recipients of the 2016 Better Satellite World Awards: DigitalGlobe, Disaster Tech Lab supported by Globalstar, Global VSAT Forum and Outernet. Click here to read more about the Awards Recipients.

Also at the Dinner, Catherine Mealing-Jones of the UK Space Agency will be awarded with the first ever UK Chapter Satellite Personality of the Year Award. The Satellite Personality of the Year Award is an award from the UK Chapter of SSPI that celebrates an individual for their achievements in the promotion and development of the satellite sector in the UK.

"As a new SSPI Chapter, we are very pleased to welcome the second SSPI Better Satellite Awards in London and to award the first SSPI UK Satellite Personality of the Year Award to Catherine Mealing-Jones, from the UK Space Agency," said Betty Bonnardel, Chair of the UK Chapter.

Tickets are still available for the Better Satellite World Awards Dinner. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://uk.sspi.org/events/better-satellite-world-awards-dinner-2016-1

About the Better Satellite World Campaign
Working with partner associations and dozens of supporting companies around the world, the Society of Satellite Professionals International’s Better Satellite World campaign (www.bettersatelliteworld.com) is changing the global conversation about satellites and their influence on the economy, business and societies everywhere. The campaign was launched at SATELLITE 2015 and has since published a series of stories and videos that dramatize the immense contributions of the “invisible infrastructure” of satellite to life on Earth, which are widely shared by individuals, companies and the media. More information on the Better Satellite World campaign is available at www.bettersatelliteworld.com.

About SSPI
Founded in 1983, the Society of Satellite Professionals International (www.sspi.org) is on a mission to make the satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation.  With more than 4,000 members in +40 nations, it is the largest satellite industry association in the world.  It delivers on its mission through a portfolio of programs:

  • Next Generation – Staging competitions and sharing information with university students to excite them about careers in satellite.
  • Leaders Quest – Identifying and honoring present and future leaders as models for the industry to follow.
  • New Century Workforce – Engaging talent management executives in the satellite company executives in improving hiring and retention practices and winning the industry’s fair share of the world’s best and brightest.
  • Better Satellite World – Promoting the immense contributions of satellite to commerce, education, communication and human welfare.

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