Latest Surrey Satellite Technology Stories

2010-01-08 07:05:00

Europe's Galileo satellite-navigational system will finally be set in motion, as a German/UK alliance is asked to provide the first operational spacecraft.  An $811 million contract, announced by the European Commission in Brussels, has been drawn up for OHB System and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) to build 14 satellites. Galileo is meant to be a new and improved EU version of the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), reported BBC News. With more advanced technology,...

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...

2009-11-06 09:30:00

ESA's Education Office has awarded a contract to Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd of the UK to manage the development and testing of the first European student mission to the Moon. Launch is expected in 2013-2014. Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has been selected as the prime contractor for the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) project. The final signature of the contract took place on 4 November 2009. The mission involves delivering a spacecraft to lunar orbit, followed by 6 months...

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 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...

2009-02-03 13:15:00

Virgin Galactic is collaborating with UK firm Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) in hopes of developing low-cost rockets with the capability to put small satellites into orbit in a similar fashion to the US Pegasus system. The companies hope to use Galactic's White Knight Two system, which was unveiled last year and is intended to carry space tourists, as a more affordable means of delivering satellites into space."Hopefully we can do it for a lot less money than the current providers," Dr...

2009-01-13 14:30:38

EADS Astrium, Europe's largest space company, has successfully acquired British satellite maker Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL). SSTL got its start in 1985 as a spin-off from the University of Surrey, and became the world's top manufacturer of small satellites, making low-cost platforms for Earth observation missions.  The deal, which was approved by the European Commission (EC), calls for Astrium to assume the majority the University of Surrey's 85% stake in SSTL, which will...

2008-11-07 10:05:00

The scientific community is celebrating 7 years of high resolution hyperspectral satellite imagery from the highly successful CHRIS multi-spectral payload imager. The instrument has been so successful that an advanced variant is under development, offering new functionality for Earth observation missions in a wide range of applications in resource monitoring and mapping, environmental science and security. CHRIS (Compact High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer) was developed by SSTL's Optical...

2008-09-22 16:00:49

Eleven out of the 21 industrial groups expressing interest in building Europe's Galileo satellite-navigation system were shortlisted for contracts.  The new system will compete with, but also complement, the United States' GPS network. The European Commission has budgeted more than two billion euros (almost $4 billion USD) for the project to construct 26 satellites, purchase launch rockets and set up the ground control centers. The Commission's partner, the European Space Agency (ESA),...

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