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(root)About SSTL

We have been delivering small satellite missions for over 30 years - longer than anyone else in the world, giving us the experience to justify our reputation as the world's premier provider of operational and commercial satellite programmes.

Staff, sites & ownership

  • SSTL employs ~500 staff.
  • 3 sites - Guildford and Bordon in the UK, and Denver in the US.
  • In 2009 Airbus bought a 99% shareholding from the University of Surrey, and Surrey Satellites is now an independent company within the Airbus Defence and Space group.
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The story of Surrey Satellites

What we do


We specialise in the design and manufacture of small satellites and we develop space missions throughout their life cycle – from design and build through to launch and in-orbit monitoring and maintenance – or any stage of that cycle. 

We are able to offer our customers such flexibility because we design, build, assemble and test our spacecraft and almost all their components in-house.

Our products include:
  • Satellite platforms and space payloads
  • Satellite subsystems
  • Space mission training
  • Ground segment supply and installation
  • Spacecraft in-orbit operations
  • Constellations management
  • Launch services

Our capability

Our customers use our expert knowledge to create space missions for:

  • Earth observation and imaging
  • Navigation and telecommunications
  • Scientific research
  • Military/defence purposes
  • Technology demonstration 
  • Orbital servicing

and they operate in LEO, MEO, GEO and beyond.