The first satellite in Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation programme today achieves two years of highly successful in-orbit operation. GIOVE-A secured a crucial Galileo frequency filing with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and supported the development and validation of technology crucial to the future of Galileo.
This week, Algeria celebrates the 5th anniversary of its first satellite, AlSAT-1 which marked the beginning of the country’s national space programme. Five years on, the African nation not only benefits from improved cartography, pollution monitoring and petrology information, but also makes a significant contribution to international disaster response.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent has opened Tycho House, the new headquarters building of world leading small satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and the University of Surrey have succeeded for the first time in capturing a Galileo signal reflected off the ocean surface in orbit, demonstrating the potential for determining the weather at sea with remote sensing satellites.
Following publication of the report “Galileo: Recent Developments” by the House of Commons Transport Committee (Note 1) SSTL would like to make the following observations:
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) is to launch two new enhanced Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) satellites in the fourth quarter of 2008. Deimos-1, which was built for Deimos SL (Spain) and SSTL’s UK-DMC2 will be launched onboard a Dnepr rocket from the new Kosmotras launch site in southern Ural.
Increased competition, resulting from the June proposal by the European Commission to fund the system through the public sector, is driving changes that will reduce the cost and risk of the Galileo satellite navigation system. ”The increased competition will have significant benefits,” stated SSTL’s Group Executive Chairman, Sir Martin Sweeting. “The public sector will soon be in a position to place contracts that give the European taxpayer better value for money and step up the pace of delivering the system”.
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has been awarded a contract for the study phase of a potential joint US-UK lunar orbiter mission to be called Magnolia.This first phase of the contract will run for 9-months, culminating in a preliminary mission design. The contract includes a package of training by SSTL and the University of Surrey that will allow Mississippi State University (MSU) and NASA Stennis Space Center staff to benefit from the know-how accrued by SSTL over the last 25 years, across 27 small satellite missions.
The achievements of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) have been recognised in by three prestigious awards from the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). The RAeS awards are considered the most prestigious and long-standing awards in global aerospace honouring achievement, innovation and excellence