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How solar storms affect you

We are currently experiencing the effects of a solar storm. Since Monday morning, high-energy particles have been hurtling towards Earth from the Sun. This is the result of a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME); a sudden burst of electromagnetic energy and particles released into space from the Sun’s atm...

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25 January 20120 Comments0 Comments


Evan Davis reveals a soft spot for SSTL

Broadcast journalist Evan Davis is a busy man of many hats. When he’s not on Radio 4’s Today Programme he can be spotted presenting Dragon’s Den or Made In Britain "“ both of which share his passion for British entrepreneurism and innovation. It therefore comes as no surprise that the Open Univer...

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05 December 20110 Comments0 Comments


UK-DMC-1 to take well-earned retirement

UK- DMC- 1, one of the first generation Disaster Monitoring Constellation satellites, is to be retired from service after over 8 years in orbit. UK-DMC-1, was launched on 27th September 2003 with fellow Constellation satellites NigeriaSat-1 and BILSAT-1 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on board a Kos...

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25 November 20110 Comments0 Comments


Students to propel Martian exploration

A group of students from Royal Grammar School, Guildford is exploring the possibilities of a scientific phenomenon to evaluate its potential for propelling a Tumbleweed Rover through the hills and valleys of Martian terrain. The project is SSTL’s contribution to this year’s Engineering Education...

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16 November 20110 Comments0 Comments


UK-DMC-2 snaps flooding worldwide

DMCii has acquired images of flooding in both El Salvador and Ghana - just two of the many floods that have taken place recently worldwide. El Salvador in South America was hit by a tropical depression at the end of October. Torrential rains resulted in rockslides, landslides and widespread dest...

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11 November 20110 Comments0 Comments


The future of the Internet in space

A Channel 4 news report on Sunday 9th October 2011 covered SSTL’s work towards the creation of an Interplanetary Internet (IPN) system that could change the way space exploration is conducted. The development of the Internet originally aimed to connect the world, now one of its founders, Vint Ce...

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03 November 20110 Comments0 Comments


CHRIS: 10 years of science innovation

Celebrating a decade in space, we take a closer look at the hyperspectral imager CHRIS and how gazing at Earth from different angles and with a large number of programmable spectral bands has made all the difference for a fantastic range of scientific studies, from classifying plants to mapping t...

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28 October 20110 Comments0 Comments


Successful launch of first Galileo IOV satellites

SSTL congratulates the EU, ESA and Astrium on the successful launch of the two first in-orbit validation (IOV) satellites, which marks a critical step for the Galileo system. Galileo is the upcoming European satellite navigation system, equivalent to the American Global Positioning System (GPS)...

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24 October 20110 Comments0 Comments


SpaceApp winners worlds apart but orbit together

After some tough judging, engineers at SSTL and the Surrey Space Centre (SSC) have chosen the four winning Apps to go up in space on STRaND-1, the smartphone satellite. Entering a competition through Facebook, the four winners were chosen for their Apps’ scientific benefits, their creativity, or ...

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21 October 20110 Comments0 Comments


NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X orbiting Earth

Following weeks of rigorous launch preparations, both NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites took off at 7:12 GMT on 17th August and are now in orbit and acquiring their first imagery. We’re looking into how it all went and what’s happening next. Days before launch all seven satellites shari...

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12 October 20110 Comments0 Comments


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