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NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X orbiting Earth

Following weeks of rigorous launch preparations, both NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites took off at 7:12 GMT on 17th August and are now in orbit and acquiring their first imagery. We’re looking into how it all went and what’s happening next. Days before launch all seven satellites shari...

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12 October 20110 Comments0 Comments

Clouds no problem for NovaSAR

Cloud cover is one of the main challenges of satellite imaging, because there’s always a risk that the view of an area is disrupted. This is especially true when an area needs to be imaged at regular intervals to detect changes, or when it needs to be imaged rapidly, for example in the event of a...

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07 October 20110 Comments0 Comments

EO satellites outlive their design

Nigeriasat-1 and UK-DMC-1, part of the Disaster Monitoring Constellation coordinated by DMCii, have this week reached their 8th operational year in orbit. Launched on September the 27th 2003 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on board a Kosmos 3-M rocket, Nigeriasat-1 and UK-DMC-1 have been providing i...

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30 September 20110 Comments0 Comments

GNSS team in WaveSentry sea forecast project

Satellite navigation (GNSS) experts from SSTL are contributing remote sensing and satellite know-how to a pioneering UK-led project that aims to improve forecasting of adverse weather conditions at sea. Using satellite data to measure ocean roughness has been an area of interest for SSTL since a...

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14 September 20110 Comments0 Comments

UK-DMC2 satellite captures Oregon wildfires

This week DMCii has acquired satellite images of the Dollar Lake Fire in Oregon, USA showing the devastation caused by the current wildfires. According to officials, the fire is burning across 4,378 acres. There are now concerns that that strong winds and high temperatures may fuel the fire tha...

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07 September 20110 Comments0 Comments

Sir Martin Sweeting at the UK Space Conference

The annual UK Space Conference was recently held at Warwick University and SSTL founder Sir Martin Sweeting attended the event as one of the speakers. The UK Space Conference was formally opened by The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, and attracted leading...

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01 September 20110 Comments0 Comments

The road to commissioning NigeriaSat-2 in Abuja

With launch preparations complete, we take a closer look at how the satellite will be commissioned for its future mission. NigeriaSat-2 will be operated by a team of trained NASRDA operations engineers from the recently upgraded ground station in Abuja. As part of their latest training and devel...

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15 August 20110 Comments0 Comments

Android App contest for smartphone satellite

Are you sitting on an Android App that would work in space? Working in their lunch breaks and spare time, a team of SSTL engineers and researchers from the University of Surrey has built STRaND-1, the first satellite being powered by a smartphone. Mobile phones are getting more and more advanced ...

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12 August 20110 Comments0 Comments

Rigging NigeriaSat-2 for launch

As the launch of NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X grows ever closer, the final preparations are underway at the launch site in Yasny, Russia. What does it actually mean to get a satellite ready for take-off? We’ve spoken to Project Manager Andrew Carrel about the work of the mission launch team, who...

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03 August 20110 Comments0 Comments

Spacecraft operations

When a satellite passes within range of one of SSTL’s ground stations, log files from its entire orbit are automatically downloaded to Mission Control as well as real time telemetry. This "whole orbit data" includes information on the status of the various systems that make up the satellite. The...

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27 July 20110 Comments0 Comments

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