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Busy weekend for Space Apps Challenge!

Last weekend over 2,000 software developers, engineers, hackers and space enthusiasts gathered at 26 different locations across the world to partake in the NASA Space Apps Challenge. The two day Challenge took on real world problems and tried to solve them using freely available open-source data...

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26 April 20120 Comments0 Comments

SSTL sponsors global space brainstorm

Tomorrow, space enthusiasts across the world will get together to try and work out solutions and applications that space technology can provide for mankind. In case you hadn’t already guessed, we’re talking about NASA’s Space Apps Challenge, a 2 day codeathon-style extravaganza aimed at promotin...

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20 April 20120 Comments0 Comments

50 years of the UK in space

This is a year of momentous milestones in the life of Britain, ranging from Charles Dickens’ bicentenary to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Adding further significance to 2012 is the UK space industry, which has a golden anniversary to mark: the launch of the nation’s first satellite, Ariel-1, on Ap...

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18 April 20120 Comments0 Comments

UK supports space innovation overseas

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts has announced a £6 million co-funded grant for commercial products and services developments from space-based systems and technology. SSTL is leading one of four projects that will benefit, as part of the National Space Technology Programme (NS...

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12 April 20120 Comments0 Comments

SSTL Propels Future Space Engineers

This year, SSTL is once again supporting the Engineering Education Scheme (EES), by sponsoring a team of budding space engineers from the nearby Royal Grammar School (RGS), Guildford. The EES is operated by the Education Development Trust’s (EDT), which is the largest provider of Science, Tech...

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03 April 20120 Comments0 Comments

NigeriaSat-2 captures stunning high-res images

The highly advanced Earth Observation satellite, NigeriaSat-2, has captured stunning imagery from around the world. NigeriaSat-2 is Nigeria’s third satellite in orbit and was launched alongside NigeriaSat-X, the satellite built by Nigerian engineers under SSTL supervision in Surrey to continue ...

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19 March 20120 Comments0 Comments

Baroness Wilcox witnesses innovation at SSTL

Yesterday Baroness Wilcox visited SSTL to see with her own eyes how SSTL is contributing to the future of Britain’s high-tech economy. The visit was part of a tour of innovative businesses in Surrey organised by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. During her visit the minister wa...

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16 March 20120 Comments0 Comments

Catching up with Spaceflight screamers

Space App winners, Cambridge University Spaceflight have been busily developing their Scream in Space app to fly on STRaND-1, the smartphone-powered nanosatellite being built by a combined SSTL and Surrey Space Centre team. The team is made up of three members: Edward Cunningham, Jon Sowman and A...

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08 March 20120 Comments0 Comments

Small satellites unravel the mysteries of Sprites

For many years, reports from pilots of unexplained lights above the clouds were treated sceptically. But since they were first photographed in 1989, scientists have actively tried to unravel the mysterious electrical events that occur above thunderstorms. Some of these "transient luminous events...

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22 February 20120 Comments0 Comments

Martin Unwin wins Tycho Brahe navigation award

Dr. Martin Unwin from SSTL’s GNSS Receivers team has been awarded the 2011 Tycho Brahe prize for contributions towards space navigation, guidance and control. The prize was awarded at the International Technical Meeting of the Institute of Navigation in Newport Beach, California earlier this year...

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16 February 20120 Comments0 Comments

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