SSTL is part of a consortium which has been granted funds by the UK's CEOI to develop novel technologies to speed-up processing of high quality images and video recorded from space.
Our innovative CARBONITE spacecraft series includes a low cost video satellite platform, enhanced and designed for fast manufacture in high volumes.
Our CARBONITE video satellite delivers high resolution 1m GSD imagery from 500km orbit, and 3 minutes of video per day per satellite. The agile platform allows for 45 degree off pointing manoeuvres and is compatible with multiple low cost launchers.
A moderately sized constellation of our small satellites in a non-sun synchronous orbit will deliver low cost, rapid revisit Earth observation data for a range of applications, such as activitity monitoring, change detection and Pattern of Life assessements.
The ability to rapidly re-image the same area of interest multiple times per day enables system robustness against target concealment, timely production of actionable information for cueing of other assets, and robustness against variable local weather conditions.
Our proven achievements in small satellite earth observation missions over a period of more than 30 years enable us to offer innovative, affordable and flexible imaging systems to meet a range of customer applications.
Our systems are agile and flexible and deliver multi-target imagery, large area strip imaging, stereo and birds-eye imaging, wide area coverage, regular revisit constellations, high resolution imagery, accurate geolocation, night and all weather imaging, and HD full colour video.
We provide world-class space mission training opportunities, from academic training to complete satellite design and construction. Our facilities and expertise are at the heart of our collaborative training programmes which are designed to achieve technical independence for our customers.
Using satellites as the foundation of an industrial development programme has consistently proven to bring sustainable economic expansion through space-based activities.