The term Hosted Payload refers to the utilization of available power, mass and space on commercial satellites to accommodate additional space-bound hardware. This allows the client to have more opportunities for access to Space, normally on a more frequent and affordable basis than would be required on dedicated flights. Because the client need not develop or procure his own spacecraft, a great simplification of the project ensues and many missions that would be prohibitively expensive on a dedicated spacecraft become possible. Thus, in recent years commercially hosted payloads have received increased attention and interest as a means of accessing space. The frequency of commercially hosted payloads provides many opportunities for client payloads to reach orbit. The robust launch pace and the strict schedule requirements of commercial spacecraft programs ensure efficient access to space with reduced chances of long delays. At a time where many government and institutional satellite programs have experienced schedule delays, cancellations and budgetary challenges, the use of commercially hosted payloads can help to maintain (or in some cases accelerate) program schedules, fill gaps in operational and proof-of-concept activities and provide a timely and affordable means of accessing space. The aim of this Masterclass is to give the student a sufficiently comprehensive overview of all aspects of hosted payloads to allow subsequent hosted project definition and engineering.

Missions Suited for Hosted Payloads

  • Risk Reduction Activities
  • Technology Advancement
  • Flight Qualification
  • Operational Missions:
  • Space Situational Awareness
  • Tailored Communication Systems
  • Space Environmental Monitoring
  • Space Based Augmentation for Navigation
  • Earth Monitoring

The Advantages of Hosted Payloads

  • Accelerated time to launch
  • Frequent launch opportunities
  • Flexibility to accommodate a wide range of missions
  • Full spacecraft partnerships and planning
  • Shorter planning cycle
  • Satellite construction 24 to 36 months
  • Shared platforms = shared costs
  • Customer operated, independent of the host satellite
  • Custom designed transponders are included in the 24 to 36 month schedule
  • Spacecraft infrastructure development

Masterclass programme

8:45 Registration

9:15 Welcome & Introductions

9:30 Defining the Hosted Payload

10:30 Networking Coffee Break

11:00 Case Study #1: Commercially Hosted InfraRed Payload (CHIRP)

12:00 Case Study #2: European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS)

12:30 Aligning the Host and the Hosted Payload, Part 1

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Aligning the Host and the Hosted Payload, Part 2

14:00 Closing Remarks & Final Networking Opportunity

15:00 Charges

15:30 How to Find a Host


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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