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Wed, 01 May 2013

SSTL appoints Toru Yunoki as Telecommunications Business Development Manager

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) has appointed Mr Toru Yunoki as Business Development Manager for its Telecommunications products. In his new role, Mr Yunoki is responsible for promoting SSTL’s range of telecommunications solutions, including GEO platforms, subsystems and services to the global market.

Dr John Paffett, Director of Telecommunications and Navigation at SSTL, commented “I am delighted that Toru has joined the company. He brings a wealth of experience in telecommunication satellite sales to this new role and I look forward to working with him to secure future sales of our products.”

The SSTL telecommunications product range – Geostationary Minisatellite Platform (GMP) – is designed to provide rapid, reliable, cost effective solutions to meet customer requirements for geostationary missions across a wide-variety of applications. The GMP provides a platform that envelopes a range of capabilities and requirements, both in terms of payload carrying capability and launch opportunity, with the objective to reduce the project specific non-recurrent engineering for each programme.

Mr Yunoki has extensive technical knowledge and experience of the telecommunications market. In his previous role as Deputy General Manager of the Civil and Commercial Space Department at Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO), he was responsible for bringing in orders and negotiating contracts from TURKSAT, Singapore Telecom and Superbird-7. In his 25 year career at MELCO, Mr Yunoki worked with commercial companies and space organisations across the world and is well-known and highly regarded in this field.

As a child Mr Yunoki lived in Vancouver, Canada and is fluent in Japanese and English. He graduated from Waseda University with a degree in Economics.

About SSTL

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) is the world's leading small satellite company, delivering operational space missions for a range of applications including Earth observation, science and communications. The Company designs, manufactures and operates high performance satellites and ground systems for a fraction of the price normally associated with space missions, with over 500 staff working on turnkey satellite platforms, space-proven satellite subsystems and optical instruments.

Since 1981 SSTL has built and launched 41 satellites – as well as providing training and development programmes, consultancy services, and mission studies for ESA, NASA , international governments and commercial customers, with its innovative approach that is changing the economics of space.

In 2008 the Company set up a US subsidiary, Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC (SST-US) with facilities in Denver, Colorado to address the United States market and its customers for the provision of small satellite solutions, applications and services.

Headquartered in Guildford, UK, SSTL is owned by Astrium BV.

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Joelle Sykes, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited

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