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2012-02-02 13:55:36

ESA today signed a contract to build a further eight Galileo satellites, alongside other agreements to modify Europe´s Ariane 5 launcher to carry four navigation satellites at a time. The signing took place at the European Commission's centre in London, Europe House, in the presence of European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani and UK Universities and Science Minister David Willetts MP. The contract to construct and test the Galileo satellites was awarded to a consortium...

Opening Of UK Site Producing The Heart Of Galileo
2012-01-26 05:20:54

The first Galileo satellites are already in orbit, with more on the way. Today ESA´s Director General and the UK´s Universities and Science Minister attended the grand opening of the facility where navigation payloads for the next batch of Galileo satellites are being built. UK company Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) in Guildford, Surrey, is assembling the payloads for the next 14 Galileo satellites. These follow on from the initial four, the second pair of which will be...

First Galileo Satellite GIOVE-A Reaches Sixth Anniversary
2012-01-13 04:46:22

British satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) on Thursday celebrated the sixth year of transmission of signals from its GIOVE-A satellite, which signaled the start of Europe´s ambitious Galileo satellite navigation program when it secured vital frequency filings on the 12th January 2006. The 660kg GIOVE-A satellite was designed, built and tested in only 30 months for just 28 million Euro — demonstrating that innovative low cost small satellites could...

New Radar Satellite Sees Through Thick Clouds
2011-11-30 06:00:35

The U.K. government said it plans to start an innovative project to fly radar satellites around the Earth to see the planet's surface through all weather, and regardless of the time of day. The series of satellites could eventually be launched to help enable any place on Earth to be imaged inside 24 hours. Radar is a useful tool in Earth observation because it has the ability to track objects and events on the ground even when there are thick clouds between Earth's surface and the...

2011-10-03 09:28:10

Small satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) has today announced completion of the development phase of its new low-cost Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite system. Called NovaSAR-S, the system offers customers coverage of any spot on Earth in all conditions — seeing through cloud cover across both day and night. The 400-kg NovaSAR-S design combines SSTL´s flight-proven SSTL-300 platform with an innovative S-band SAR payload, developed in...

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...

NigeriaSat-2 Demonstrates Stunning High Resolution Capability
2011-09-28 08:10:41

The first high resolution satellite imagery is today released from NigeriaSat-2, as engineers from the Nigerian space agency (NASRDA) and the satellite´s manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) continue in the successful commissioning of the new satellite from NASRDA´s headquarters in Abuja. Testing of all the systems on-board the satellite has been successfully completed, and calibration of the imaging payloads is ongoing with outstanding results already being produced....

2011-09-27 09:26:06

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) is sponsoring the 62nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Cape Town next week — the company´s experts are eager to share their vision for cost effective innovation during the five-day congress. Following the launch of Nigeria´s first high resolution Earth Observation satellite into the African Resource Monitoring constellation (ARM), a paper titled “First light for the NigeriaSat-2 imaging mission” will be...

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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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2011-02-19 05:42:13

Europe's EarthCARE space laser mission was giving a green light to move forward with the program, despite a likely 30 percent increase in the program's final costs, BBC News reports. The satellite will be put into orbit to study what type of role clouds and atmospheric particles have in a changing climate. The European Space Agency (ESA), however, is having a tough time finding a workable design for the satellite's lidar instrument, which now means the total project budget will top $800...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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