Latest University of Surrey Stories

2009-02-05 09:09:47

At the University of Surrey, test tube chemistry just took a leap down in size to the nano-scale, with new test-tubes measuring only about one billionth of a meter across. The scaling factor is like scaling up from a normal test tube to one a hundred kilometers across. When chemistry is performed in a conventional manner in laboratory test tubes, the reactions that occur are a result of billions and billions of molecules reacting with each other and with anything else we put into the tube....

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...

2008-11-05 15:00:00

An engineering professor at the University of Surrey claims to have found the key to the perfect golf swing. Professor Robin Sharp suggests that the answer is not to use full power from the start, but to build up to it quickly. His analysis also shows that while bigger golfers might hit the ball further, it is not by much. "Surprisingly, the wrists do not play a critical role in the swing's outcome," he stated. Swinging harder to hit farther is not as straightforward as it might seem, as...

2008-08-27 00:00:35

MOSCOW. Aug 26 (Interfax-AVN) - The conversion launch vehicle Dnepr with five RapidEye earth probing satellites is to take off from the Baikonur launch pad, Kazakhstan, on Friday. "The launch has been set for 11:15 a.m., Moscow time," Kosmotras International Consortium told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday. The satellites will be launched under a contract with Britain's Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) to increase a commercial earth observation satellite constellation, to be operated by...

2008-08-19 15:01:04

By Roger Fillion A British company that builds small satellites has opened U.S. operations in Douglas County and plans to employ up to 250 people over the next few years. About three-quarters of those employees would work for Surrey Satellite Technology US in the Denver area, doing engineering and satellite manufacturing work. The company has opened a small office in Douglas County and currently employs four. It plans to build small communications and earth-observation satellites for...

2008-03-05 00:00:00

Although a majority of public health experts would be quick to preach against the dangers of obesity, there are some who continue to voice their opinion that the so-called obesity epidemic is a miscalculated term. "The obesity epidemic has absolutely been exaggerated," said Dr. Vincent Marks, emeritus professor of clinical biochemistry at the University of Surrey. Experts like Dr. Marks claim that they have yet to see conclusive evidence which could allow them to blame obesity for health...

2008-02-26 12:00:34

At an event in New York City today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced that it has surpassed 400 colleges and universities globally that are now actively teaching and developing mainframe courses and accredited certificates through its global Academic Initiative for System z program. This has jumped from just 24 colleges and universities in 2004 with now nearly 50,000 students completing mainframe training. The news comes as IBM today announced the world's most powerful computer, the IBM System z10...

2006-04-07 06:49:19

Small satellites are now ready to open up new avenues in astronomy, according to a presentation on Friday 7th April at the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting in Leicester. Rapid advances in the capabilities of satellites smaller than a domestic washing-machine mean that they now have the pointing stability and accurate positioning needed to carry astronomical instruments, such as ultraviolet telescopes. Stuart Eves of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) said, "We see...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'