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Inside Mission Control Guildford

This week, Space Blog visited Mission Control Guildford "“ from which SSTL monitors and controls more than a dozen small satellites "“ with James Northam, head of the Ground Systems Group. We enter the room. All is quiet, apart from the whirr of server fans. Large flat screens display the footpr...

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06 July 20110 Comments0 Comments


Sir Martin Sweeting is first for new award

SSTL founder, Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, yesterday received a prestigious new honour recognising and celebrating local innovation, creativity and commitment. The Guildford Roll of Honour is the result of collaboration between local partners the University of Surrey and Guildford Borough Counc...

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01 July 20110 Comments0 Comments


David Cameron, Wen Jibao witness DMC3 signing

Earlier this week, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao witnessed the signing of a £110m satellite imaging deal between SSTL subsidiary DMCii and Beijing-based company 21AT during the UK-China trade summit at 10 Downing Street. Mme Wu Shuang and Sir P...

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30 June 20110 Comments0 Comments


Space-savvy MPs visit Kepler technical facility

Yesterday was a busy day at SSTL's HQ in Guildford. As the £110m DMC3 satellite constellation contract was being agreed with Chinese company 21AT, SSTL was also delighted to host a visit by three Members of Parliament with strong interests in space and what space applications can do for the "ma...

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29 June 20110 Comments0 Comments


Reaching out to future space cadets

SSTL’s very own Mission and Systems Team Leader Kathryn Graham not only inspires Space Blog readers, but also motivates young people of all ages to become interested in careers within science and engineering as a STEM ambassador. Kathryn reaches out to young people by, for example, visiting schoo...

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20 June 20110 Comments0 Comments


Earthquake Prediction From Space

For some years now, SSTL has been using its Disaster Monitoring Constellation satellites to assist people around the globe who have become victims of natural disasters. On behalf of the International Charter, imagery has been rapidly collected, analysed, and then delivered to relief organisations...

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17 June 20110 Comments0 Comments


Introducing the Ground Systems Group

This week Space Blog caught up with James Northam, head of the Ground Systems Group to find out more about how SSTL helps its customers to use and control their satellites once they are in space. James explained, "The moment a satellite is launched into orbit it is physically completely inaccess...

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08 June 20110 Comments0 Comments


EarthCARE MSI moves ahead

SSTL is supplying the EarthCARE Multi-Spectral Imager (MSI) instrument for ESA’s EarthCARE mission. With spacecraft prime being EADS Astrium GmbH, EarthCARE is a joint European-Japanese mission, addressing the need for a better understanding of the interactions between cloud, radiative and aeroso...

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07 June 20110 Comments0 Comments


Satellites respond to Mississippi floods

DMCii, SSTL’s imaging subsidiary, has been responding to an International Charter: Space and Major Disasters emergency activation for the flooding of Mississippi river in Central Midwest USA. The current flooding is approaching records set 84 years ago and it’s the first time in 40 years the lev...

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20 May 20110 Comments0 Comments


UK takes over international disaster relief effort

The time has come for the UK to take up leadership of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters for a second time. Each member space agency takes it in turn to lead the Charter for a six-month period, and from yesterday Wednesday 11 May, DMCii together with the UK Space Agency will hos...

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12 May 20110 Comments0 Comments


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