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2011-10-03 09:26:03

Small satellite pioneer Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) plans to jump-start space innovation by combining state-of-the-art avionics with flight proven systems in a low cost 50kg class satellite platform — and for a price tag of around £2m. Adopting a new set of satellite design paradigms, the SSTL-50 microsatellite has a novel dual-mode design with the sole purpose of supporting and stimulating payload and subsystem innovation. One side of the spacecraft will fly the...

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2011-08-18 05:50:00

In an attempt to observe their nation from outer space, recently Nigeria launched two satellites with the help of a Russian Dnepr rocket. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan praised the launch, calling the event, "Another milestone in our nation's effort to solve national problems through space technology," according to the BBC. The satellites, named NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X, were built in the UK at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), with the aid of 26 Nigerian engineers who...

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2010-09-28 12:30:00

A $158 million project to launch three new British spacecraft to take pictures of the surface of the Earth has been announced. The satellites will be able to see details down to just a few feet at their best resolution. The spacecraft manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited has joined up with its data processing subsidiary, DMCii, to produce the venture. Nations will be able to buy time on the spacecraft if they need to as well. "This constellation of three satellites will be...

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2010-05-11 09:15:00

SSTL has today announced that it will launch the NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites on behalf of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) by a Dnepr launch vehicle from Yasny, Russia on October 29th, 2010. NigeriaSat-2 is the most advanced small satellite ever to be launched, defining new standards in Earth observation and avionics. The spacecraft, which is based upon SSTL's flagship SSTL-300i platform, will be used primarily for resource management and mapping of the...

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...

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2009-10-22 09:50:00

This week, Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing a special issue devoted to the early results obtained with the CoRoT space mission. It includes 55 articles dealing with the primary goals of the CoRoT mission, that is, exoplanet hunting and asteroseismology, and also with other topics in stellar physics. Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing a special issue this week dedicated to the early results of the CoRoT space mission [1]. The CoRoT (Convection, Rotation & planetary...

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2009-09-07 08:00:00

Proba-2 has reached Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia, where it is being prepared for launch this November. Among the smallest satellites ever built by ESA, it was transported there aboard an Ilyushin cargo plane. Proba-2 is a mission of ESA's General Support Technology Program (GSTP) , building on almost eight years of operational experience gained with Proba-1. While standard satellites are lorry-sized structures, the Probas occupy less than a cubic meter. But this small scale does not...

2009-07-07 09:13:00

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsat Systems Canada Inc. (MSCI) (formerly the Space Division of Dynacon Inc.), Canada's designer and builder of the Multi Mission Microsatellite Bus technology (MMMB), and innovator of Reaction Wheel attitude control system products is delighted to announce that the MOST Operations Team is collaborating with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to look at a star of joint interest. The MOST Operations Team, led by MSCI with...

2009-06-30 12:53:00

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsat Systems Canada Inc. (MSCI), (formerly the Space Division of Dynacon Inc.), Canada's designer and builder of the Multi Mission Microsatellite Bus technology (MMMB), and innovator of Reaction Wheel attitude control system products, is delighted to announce the sixth birthday of the MOST Microsatellite -- Canada's First Space Telescope. The MOST (Microvariability & Oscillations of Stars) microsatellite was launched June 30, 2003 from...

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2008-10-23 14:00:00

Some of the first data collected by the CoRoT space telescope mission, launched in December 2006, provides valuable information about the physical vibrations and surface characteristics of nearby stars that are similar to our Sun, researchers say. This novel information illustrates the great value of space-based observations, and provides astronomers with insights into the interior of our Sun, other stars, and the overall evolution of our galaxy. The related report will be published by the...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.