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Latest British space programme Stories

2010-03-23 08:30:00

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) welcomes the British Government's response to Lord Drayson's Space Innovation and Growth Strategy report. This morning, Lord Mandelson, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills announced a program of support that included the launch of the UK's first national space agency, a small satellite program to showcase state of the art technologies to the world, and the formation of a working group to give serious consideration to a dedicated UK...

2010-03-15 09:30:08

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and Dutch Space BV have joined forces to develop and exploit an innovative small geostationary platform that is specifically designed to utilize excess launch vehicle capacity, creating opportunities for lower cost geostationary missions. Under a teaming agreement announced today, SSTL will market the Dutch Space CX2 satellite platform under the name GMP-CX as part of its geostationary mission product range. Measuring just 1.25m high and with a...

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2010-01-29 09:52:25

British company DMCii is using satellites to acquire new images of the Congo rainforests from space, validating a system that can map the vast Congo Basin every year to measure changes in its forest cover. If adopted, the new system will provide more accurate and up to date information for forest management, policy making and programs such as the UN's Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) throughout the region. Spanning 2 million square kilometers, the forests...

2009-12-01 07:06:06

Sir Martin Sweeting of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has been awarded the Faraday Medal, the Institution of Engineering and Technology's (IET) most prestigious award, for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of satellite technology. The Faraday Medal was established to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the first Ordinary Meeting of the Society of Telegraph Engineers. It is awarded by the IET for notable scientific or industrial achievement in engineering, or for...

2009-08-18 13:03:35

Defense contractor BAE said 314 employees in Minnesota would be laid off due to a canceled contract for a non-line-of-sight cannon. These layoffs come as a result of the partial termination notice and stop-work orders the company received for its Future Combat Systems manned ground vehicle program contracts, company spokeswoman Kelly Golden said, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Tuesday. The cancellation is part of a sweeping review of defense spending, the newspaper said. Recently, U.S....

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2009-08-14 11:00:00

Satellite imagery from the recently launched UK-DMC2 satellite shows forest fires in the Los Padres National Forest east of Santa Maria at 11:10 local time on the 12th August. California is currently experiencing widespread forest fires, which has lead to evacuations in two areas. Earlier today, Bloomberg reported that more than 1,900 fire fighters were battling the blaze that has burned at least 48,457 acres in the Los Padres National Forest area of Santa Barbara County.The image was...

2009-07-30 18:29:36

A U.S. competitor in space tourism, Rocketplane Global, has abandoned its Oklahoma facilities and is struggling to stay in business, its chief executive said. The company fulfilled its 5-year, $18 million tax-break obligations to the state of Oklahoma by paying that much for 200,000 hours of design work, President and Chief Executive Officer George French told The Oklahoman. Falling short of its goal of bringing tourists into space, the company is moving to Wisconsin, the newspaper said. With...

2009-07-30 15:04:08

Two satellites were sent into space to improve the world's only space-based disaster monitoring system, the British company that makes the satellites said. Both satellites were expected to enhance the monitoring program, which provides Earth observation imagery for a variety of commercial and environmental applications in addition to disasters, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited said in a news release Thursday. These latest two satellites will advance the capability of the DMC ... to provide...

2009-07-23 10:08:06

SSTL's UK-DMC2 satellite has successfully completed pre-launch tests and is integrated with a Dnepr launch vehicle at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in readiness for launch on Wednesday, 29th July 2009 at 18:46 UTC, 19:46 BST.The new satellite will be operated by subsidiary company DMCii to provide an enhanced imaging capability and operational service to the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC). UK-DMC2 has a number of enhancements over previous DMC spacecraft contributing to SSTL's continuing...

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2009-05-20 10:39:42

The European Space Agency on Wednesday announced the acceptance of its first British astronaut. Timothy Peake, 37, was named alongside a roster of five new astronauts during a ceremony in Paris. The astronauts will begin training for missions to the International Space Station "and beyond", said the ESA. "We are at a turning point in ESA's human spaceflight activities," ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain said. "We are now entering a new phase of utilization of the unique capabilities...