Overview of our technology demonstration small satellite CARBONITE-2 and a selection of full colour HD videos acquired by the satellite from orbit.  


Video showing the construction of the platform for EUTELSAT QUANTUM, the world's first reconfigurable geostationary telecommunications satellite.  The platform consists of a central thrust tube which houses the bipropellent chemical propulsion system, GEO momentum wheels and gyro to maintain the satellite on station and in a stable attitude throughout its orbital lifetime.


NovaSAR -S, a technology demonstration mission designed to complement much larger, complex radar satellites with a smaller, lighter and more cost effective platform that delivers Earth Observation Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery day and night and through cloud cover.

NovaSAR-S animation

NovaSAR-S is a technology demonstration mission that delivers Earth observation Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery, day and night and through cloud cover. The animation shows NovaSAR-S imaging in two of its four modes: ScanSAR and Maritime. SAR visualisation produced from European Space Agency remote sensing data.


Animation showing the launch, deployment and in orbit operations of VAMP, our small telecommunications satellite platform.  


An Active Debris Removal technology demonstration mission from mission partners mission partners Airbus, ArianeGroup, CSEM, Inria, ISIS, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, Surrey Space Centre, and Stellenbosch University.

Spacecraft Production at SSTL

See inside The Kepler Building, Surrey's assembly, integration and test suite of cleanrooms and laboratories.

SSTL DMC3 / TripleSat Constellation

Assembly and integration at Surrey's Guildford facilities of three one metre resolution earth observation satellites for the DMC3/TripleSat Constellation.

TechDemoSat-1 video from orbit

This video video was taken in-orbit on 8 July 2014 using an inspection camera on-board ourTechDemoSat-1 satellite, starting about 30 seconds after separation from the launcher. At 6 seconds the Sun appears at the top of the frame as a very bright white flare, before the rotation of the satellite reveals a view of Earth below, of the Pacific Ocean south of French Polynesia. At 25 seconds, the Fregat upper stage of the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle appears as a gold object passing left to right at a distance of approx 60 metres. At 34 seconds a white dot crosses the frame left to right - this is almost certainly one of the other satellites that shared the ride into orbit with TechDemoSat-1.

TechDemoSat-1 video from orbit

Video taken in orbit by a small inspection camera on board TechDemoSat-1 (June 2017). The camera is trained on the Antenna Pointing Mechanism, and also captures views of the Earth - this footage shows Greenland, travelling south to Baffin Bay.

Overview of CARBONITE-1 Mission

An overview of SSTL's Carbonite-1 video from orbit technology demonstration mission, introduced by Sir Martin Sweeting.

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