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2008 News Archive

Guildford-based Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) clearly sees benefit to the UK space industry following this week’s ESA Ministerial. The UK’s decision to support both the programme for Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and the technology development programme ARTES, will ensure a much stronger position for UK industry within the global market.
An on-board computer (OBC) specially built by British small satellite manufacturer SSTL will help the Indian lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 search for water by controlling the U.S Navy’s Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload.
The scientific community is celebrating 7 years of high resolution hyperspectral satellite imagery from the highly successful CHRIS multi-spectral payload imager. The instrument has been so successful that an advanced variant is under development, offering new functionality for Earth observation missions in a wide range of applications in resource monitoring and mapping, environmental science and security.
British small satellite manufacturer, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), has been presented with an award by the European Space Agency (ESA) acknowledging the successful GIOVE A mission and its outstanding contribution to the success of the Galileo programme. The award was presented by Didier Faivre of ESA’s Galileo Directorate to Elizabeth Rooney of SSTL at an event held at the European Space Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, on 13th October 2008.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is hosting a workshop today that will present the findings of the in orbit verification and early experimentation from the GIOVE-A and GIOVE-B satellites. SSTL’s Galileo team, led by Elizabeth Rooney, is supporting the workshop and will be presented with an award in recognition of SSTL’s outstanding contribution to the success of the Galileo programme.
The Space Experiment Competition for UK schools which will see the winning team flying their entry on board a British-built satellite has been won by Shrewsbury School with their proposal for an ionospheric scintillation experiment called POISE.
The first use of the ‘bundle’ protocol in space has been demonstrated with the UK-DMC satellite built by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL). Sensor data was successfully delivered from the satellite using this disruption- and delay-tolerant networking protocol designed for the Interplanetary Internet.
SSTL has completed an in-orbit test campaign analysing signals from the new GIOVE-B satellite for ESA. The results suggest that GIOVE-B is operating well and in turn validates technologies integral to the EU-funded Galileo Satellite Navigation project.
The five-satellite RapidEye constellation was successfully launched onboard Dnepr from Baikonur, Kazakhstan at 0715 UTC today.
The 5-satellite RapidEye constellation is ready for launch from Baikonur on August 29, 2008.
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