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Milestone for European GNSS pathfinder GIOVE-A

It’s now five years since Space Blog reported on GIOVE-A transmitting its first signals for the European GNSS system. The first validation satellite GIOVE-A, was launched in December 2005 by a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan, and is still working well five years after the satellite paylo...

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12 January 20110 Comments0 Comments

How much carbon dioxide do plants absorb?

SSTL’s Optical Payloads Group has commenced a science project that will study fluorescent emissions from vegetation using a remote sensing instrument designed to fly onboard a small satellite. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is notoriously difficult to measure and so far it has been impossible to calcula...

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21 December 20100 Comments0 Comments

Satellite images aid Colombian flood relief

Heavy rains have caused major rivers in the Sucre/San Marcos region in Colombia to burst their banks, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless. DMCii was activated via the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters to acquire images of the area giving rescue workers and officials a bett...

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10 December 20100 Comments0 Comments

Shaun Kenyon talks tiny tech and satellite-speak

Space Blog caught up with Shaun Kenyon from SSTL’s Mission Concepts following a busy IAC 2010 at the start of the month for the eagerly awaited follow-up to our Mission Concepts interview with Kathryn Graham. Shaun is perhaps one of the luckiest men in the building. One of his tasks is to keep o...

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03 November 20100 Comments0 Comments

CHRIS captures images of Hungarian toxic sludge

The Compact High Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (CHRIS) recently captured telling images of red toxic sludge following the Ajka alumina plant accident in Devecser, Hungary that has recently been widely reported in the media. Unlike many satellite images of flooding disasters, there is no need to...

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22 October 20100 Comments0 Comments

Satellites help flood-stricken Pakistan

DMCii is playing an important role in the continuing disaster relief operations in flood-affected areas of Pakistan. DMCii satellite images are providing detailed snapshots of the flooded areas that show the current extent of the flooding at present compared to the initial impact that was widely ...

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07 October 20100 Comments0 Comments

Remembering Gordon Hopkinson 1952-2010

Gordon Hopkinson, from SSTL's Optical Payloads Group was a physicist who made a notable contribution to the development of today’s space imaging systems Gordon Hopkinson was one of the world’s experts in the physics of optical detectors used in a wide range of applications from digital cameras t...

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24 September 20100 Comments0 Comments

See new EO capabilities at IAC 2010

SSTL is a proud sponsor of the 61st International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2010 that takes place in next week Prague (27th September "“ 1st October). Founded by Sir Martin Sweeting, the British small satellite pioneer will celebrate its 25 year heritage of launching unparalleled value satell...

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23 September 20100 Comments0 Comments

Inside Mission Concepts with Kathryn Graham

Space Blog caught up with Kathryn Graham, leader of SSTL’s Mission Concepts team last week "“a rare and exciting opportunity to get inside the "innovation engine" and find out where new ideas are put to the test. Kathryn has a degree in Physics with Astrophysics, and a Phd in XRAY Astronomy. H...

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15 September 20100 Comments0 Comments

Increasing Potential of Small Satellites

SMi and SSTL have teamed up to organise a conference "The Increasing Potential of Small Satellites" which will take place at the Surrey Research Park in Guildford this December. The event follows on from the sell-out of The Potential of Small Satellites Masterclass in 2009. Register for a compr...

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07 September 20100 Comments0 Comments

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