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Tue, 21 Sep 2010

SSTL presents growing Earth observation capabilities at IAC 2010

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) is sponsoring the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2010 in 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 satellite missions and unveil new Earth observation capabilities for the first time at the exhibition. SSTL will also actively participate in the conference programme, presenting seven technical papers on diverse subjects ranging from space navigation and optical payloads to small satellite design and operation.

Visitors to SSTL’s stand (A5) are invited to explore new Earth Observation (EO) capabilities for very high-resolution imaging, daily global imaging systems and new models for capacity leasing. Exhibits will also explain how SSTL’s EO capabilities are changing the way private companies and governments procure and utilise geospatial information to manage the world’s resources and security.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, SSTL’s will put its unique heritage of cost effective value engineering on display - from its academic roots and exciting recent advances to its roadmap for future developments.

The IAC is the most established space conference in the space industry’s calendar, bringing together space experts from around the world for debate and discussion. SSTL’s Zeger de Groot will present a paper on in-orbit results from the high capacity 22m UK-DMC2 satellite and Joost Elstak will present a paper entitled “A million square kilometre satellite for Kazakhstan”. Martin Unwin and Mike Cutter will present papers on the SQR-ReSI instrument that uses GNSS signals for remote sensing and Phil Davies will present papers “Maximising re-use through a modular range of small satellite platforms” and “Rapid development of navigation payloads for Galileo Full Operational Capability”.

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About SSTL

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) is the world's leading small satellite company, delivering operational space missions for a range of applications including Earth observation, science and communications. The Company designs, manufactures and operates high performance satellites and ground systems for a fraction of the price normally associated with space missions, with over 300 staff working on turnkey satellite platforms, space-proven satellite subsystems and optical instruments.

Since 1981 SSTL has built and launched 34 satellites – as well as providing training and development programmes, consultancy services, and mission studies for ESA, NASA , international governments and commercial customers, with its innovative approach that is changing the economics of space.

Based in Guildford, UK, SSTL is owned by EADS Astrium NV.

Notes to editor:

Robin Wolstenholme will manage press appointments at the IAC2010, please use the contact details below to make arrangements.

This press release can be downloaded as a Word or Pdf document at the following url:

SSTL Contact:

Joelle Sykes, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited

Tel: +44 (0)1483 804243 Email:

Press Contact:

Robin Wolstenholme, bcm public relations

Tel: +44 (0)1306 882288 Email: