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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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2011-01-24 09:25:00

Engineers in the UK are planning to send a smartphone into orbit in order to determine whether or not the device's components can survive space travel and perhaps even be used to operate satellites. The project, which has been dubbed 'STRaND-1 (Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator)', is being headed up by researchers at the University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and is scheduled to be launched into the Earth's orbit later this year. The goal is...

2010-11-03 00:00:41

A partnership between award-winning film director Sally Potter's production and distribution company Adventure Pictures, the University of Essex and the University of Surrey is using cutting-edge web technology to bring to life the online Sally Potter Archive (SP-ARK). (PRWeb UK) November 2, 2010 Scribbled notes, sketches, costume designs and script drafts "“ every detail of the film making process has been captured in the archive collected by celebrated UK director Sally Potter....

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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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2010-06-08 13:10:00

Scientists have come together to ensure that future space missions and satellite equipment can operate safely in orbit, trying to prevent an increase in space junk. Dr. Vaios Lappas and colleagues of the University of Surrey are trying to find a better approach to clean up space debris in orbit. The plan he and his team are working on is a sail that will be launched into space at the end of next year.  The CubeSail is 16 feet by 16 feet of ultra-thin reflective membrane that has been...

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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...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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