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Mark Garnier MP visits SSTL

On the Agenda: global space exports.
Mark Garnier MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of International Trade, visited SSTL today for a tour of our world-class small satellite manufacturing facilities and to discuss the challenges and opportunities for global space exports.  SSTL works closely with the Department of International Trade to pursue new business opportunities worldwide.

Patrick Wood, CEO of Surrey Satellites commented  “I am pleased to welcome Mark Garnier MP to Surrey Satellites and show our innovations, our world-class facilities, the many satellites in build here and the exciting export opportunities that we have for UK Space capability.   Surrey Satellites exports 90% of our products, and we work closely with the Department of International Trade to open up new business opportunities all over the world”.

Trade Minister Mark Garnier said:
“The value of the UK’s space industry has more than doubled in the last decade, to £13.7bn. Companies like Surrey Satellite Technology are powering that growth, developing from a small group of researchers to a major player in the Surrey economy and the global space sector. In exporting to governments and companies across the world from China to Nigeria, engineers here in Surrey are making satellites which help navigation, connecting people and combat climate change.”

Also attending the meeting were:
Tom Fourcade - Director for the South, Department of International Trade
Rob Lewtas - South East Strategic Partner Manager, Department of International Trade
Chris Quintana - Programme Manager, Enterprise M3 LEP
Professor Rahim Tafazolli - Director of 5GIC and Institute of Communication Systems  

Patrick Wood, Managing Director of SSTL welcomes Mark Garnier MP to SSTL

Mark Garnier MP and Patrick Wood view the Flight Manufacturing cleanroom at SSTL.  Circuit boards, solar panels and subsystems are assembled here, ready for integration into spacecraft.

Luis Gomes, Commercial Director, explains the many applications for data from Optical and Radar satellites, with a lightwall of earth observation images showcasing a range of applications such as disaster monitoring, agricultural and forestry management, climate monitoring, urban planning and maritime ship detection.

Patrick Wood and Mark Garnier MP outside The Kepler Building, SSTL's world-class small satellite manufacturing facility.






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