Satellite projects and programs management issues

Price: 1000 € 

Date: November 16, 2022

Duration: 4 hours

Language: English


  • Laurent VALIGNON
  • Jacques NERON
  • Cécile GAUBERT


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General outline

General outline

This session will first provide our attendees with a complete roadmap for the end-to-end development of a satellite system, from concept to operations (module 1). This will be complemented by a review of the key constituents needed to support the development of a satellite project business plan (module 2).

The next two modules will successively address the main principles and specifics pertaining to the management of a space program (module 3) and the fundamentals of associated risk management and insurance (module 4).



MODULE 2.1: Satellite mission technical roadmap: From concept to operations 

General satellite program conduction roadmap
  • High-level program development timeline 
  • High-level description of each related phase 
Project feasibility phase 
  • Business assessment 
  • Regulatory assessment 
  • Technical feasibility, architecture and cost estimate 
  • Business model definition 
Procurement phase 
  • Contractual breakdown 
  • Tender development 
Development, deployment and verification phase
  • Development monitoring scheme 
  • Progressive validation principles 


MODULE 2.2: Focusing on satellite project business plan definition 

General business plan development roadmap
  • High level business plan development timeline 
  • High level description of each phase 
Market assessment and top line assessment
  • Assessing demand dynamics in target markets 
  • Competitive assessment 
  • Business models definition 
  • Market prioritization and revenue forecast 
 Capital expenditure and operating costs
  • Capex components with main principles 
  • Review of the main components of the operating costs 
Financial modelling, financial structuring 
  • Revenue and cash flow modelling 
  • Profitability performance ratios 


MODULE 2.3: Focusing on satellite program management 

Introduction to a satellite program

Procurement and main contract




MODULE 2.4: Focusing on satellite program risk management and insurance 

Risks to be covered

Satellite project risk management

Space insurance market

Factors impacting the insurance cost

Operational approach

Duration & Timing

Duration & Timing

4 hours (240 mn) 

Module 2.1: ~60 mn (including Q&As)
Module 2.2: ~60 mn (including Q&As)
Module 2.3: ~60 mn (including Q&As)
Module 2.4: ~60 mn (including Q&As) 

Delivery Date

Delivery Date

November 16, 2022 (2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. CET)



In order to take full advantage of this session, attendees should have some basic knowledge of a space system’s architecture and operational concept, along with the management of its development follow-up.



  • Laurent VALIGNON, Satconsult (modules 2.1 and 2.2)
  • Jacques NERON, Satconsult (module 2.3)
  • Cécile GAUBERT, Cécile Gaubert Avocats (module 2.4)



Vice President, Business Development & Programs , Satconsult

Laurent VALIGNON is a Satconsult founding partner and has been acting as Vice President, Business Development & Programs since he joined Satconsult's operating team in 2008. Laurent has spent most of his career in the telecommunications and Earth observation consulting sector. He has advised commercial and government clients for a wide range of activities supporting the definition, procurement and deployment of their satellite infrastructure.

In Satconsult, he manages most of the company’s responses to international tenders and is currently supporting a tender phase for an Earth observation satellite system and leading several projects including due diligence and feasibility studies of emerging satellite projects for government agencies and commercial operators in various world regions.

Prior joining Satconsult, Laurent started his career as a Researcher in space programs economics on numerous international research projects. In 1997, he joined Euroconsult, where he rapidly became an expert in charge of managing the most demanding and sophisticated consulting assignments. He then acted as Senior Consultant at Vista Advisers (acquired in 2005 by Aon) advising most of the world’s satellite operators and acting in numerous transactions including acquisitions, divestures and capital raisings.

Laurent holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg and a Master of Sciences in Space Studies from the International Space University (ISU).

Jacques NERON

Senior technical Consultant , Satconsult

Jacques NERON is a Senior Technical Consultant on communications satellite systems, payloads and platforms. With 37 years of experience in the space industry at the satellite system level, he is specialized in engineering, proposal management, project management and product development.

With Satconsult, Jacques has worked as an Expert at all stages of satellite communications programs: From the generation of performance requirements, based on customer objectives, applicable regulations and filing and mission targets, through the evaluation of proposals and negotiations, the monitoring of the design development and construction testing right up to the launch and in orbit acceptance of the spacecraft. Jacques is now part of the Satconsult team, acting as resident supporting the construction monitoring of K-Milsat 1. He was also actively involved in support to procurement missions for Türksat 5A and 5B, with a major focus on the multibeam mission which was developed for the program.

Previously, at Airbus Defense and Space he participated for 20 years in the development of Eurostar platforms and as a core team member to the Hot Bird Plus series of satellites for Eutelsat, as well as Yahsat 1A and 1B as satellite project manager. He also spent two years as an internal consultant, providing expertise in these fields and acquiring expertise in specific activities such as training, coaching and interim management. Jacques has significant experience with regards to platform development and electric propulsion: management.

Jacques holds an Engineering degree from ISAE SUPAREO (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace) in Toulouse, France.


Attorney at Law, Contractual & Legal Expert

Cécile is a registered lawyer at the Paris Bar in France with more than 22 years of legal practice and internationally recognised experience in the fields of space law, contract negotiations and insurance. Before opening her law firm, Cécile has been aviation and space legal and claims manager at Marsh SAS for a period of 15 years. During this time, she acquired an outstanding experience with respect to space insurance and risk management.

Cécile is the Chairwomen of the Space Committee of the SFDAS (Société Française de Droit Aérien et Spatial) and is member of different space-related institutes, including IDEST (Institut pour le Développement du Droit de l’Espace et des Télécommunications) and IISL (International Institute of Space Law). She is regularly lecturing at French Universities on space and aviation insurance. Cécile has published several articles and chapters in French and English relating to space insurance issues.