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Fri, 17 Nov 2006

SSTL wins national award for Innovation and Technology

British satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, has been named this week as the winner in the Times Higher Educational Supplement Awards 2006 in the category of “Outstanding Contribution to Innovation & Technology”, recognising the successful spin-out from academic research at the University of Surrey.

The prize, which was sponsored by Toshiba, was awarded to SSTL in a unanimous decision by the judging panel. The Times Higher Education Supplement reported the comments of David Way, director of innovation platforms and key technologies at the Department of Trade and Industry regarding the award, "clear technological innovation in a very demanding environment - space".

SSTL has been at the forefront of small satellite development for many years. This progress was recently celebrated with the 25th anniversary of the research and development satellite that started it all, UoSAT-1 (University of Surrey satellite).

Commenting on the award, SSTL CEO Sir Martin commented, “We have come a long way since developing UoSAT-1 at the University Of Surrey. At that time we recognised the business potential for small satellite technology to change the economics of space, making space more accessible to businesses and developing nations. SSTL is now recognised as, not only a worldwide leader in small satellite technology but also a professional organisation and capable prime contractor.”

“Last week we signed a landmark contract with NASRDA for NigeriaSat-2, in which SSTL have firmly established the future of the next generation of Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) and our new platform for highly capable high resolution Earth Observation satellites. Whilst the company has grown dramatically, we recognise the benefits of working closely with the University of Surrey - a recent example being the combined academic and technical training of 25 Nigerians to secure the future of Nigeria’s space programme.”

This is not the first time the work of SSTL has been recognised. Almost a year has passed since the launch of SSTL-built GIOVE-A on the 28th December 2005, the first satellite of the Galileo satellite navigation system. Last month, Sir Martin received the Royal Institute of Navigation's gold medal presented by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh for an outstanding contribution to navigation.

About Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited is an enterprise company formed in 1985 by the University of Surrey to commercialise the results of its innovative small satellite engineering research. SSTL was the first professional organisation to offer low-cost small satellites with rapid response employing advanced terrestrial technologies. Over two decades, we have built a profitable business around our unique approach to space.

Today, SSTL employs over 200 staff and has built and launched 26 small satellite missions, making it the most successful and experienced small satellite supplier in the world.

www.sstl.co.uk

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