2010-2018

Kanopus V3 & V4: Launched 2018

SSTL has supplied suites of satellite avionics and software plus system design support, power management and batteries, on board computers and data handling capabilities for satellite subsystems and satellite operations to NPP VNIIEM for their KANOPUS-V satellite programmes. 

SSTL has also supported spacecraft assembly and integration activities in Russia.

RemoveDEBRIS: Launched 2018

Remove Debris was deployed from the International Space Station on 20th June 2018, with launch service interface and launch provision by NanoRacks and NASA respectively.

The RemoveDEBRIS mission will perform a number of active space debris removal technology demonstrations, testing novel technologies, representative of an operational scenario during a low-cost mission. 

We designed and manufactured the Remove Debris satellite platform, which hosts the payloads for use in the debris removal demonstrations. These payloads, or technical content within them, have been produced by mission partners Airbus, ArianeGroup, CSEM, Inria, ISIS, SSC, and Stellenbosch University.

 

 

CARBONITE-2: Launched 2018

CARBONITE-2 is a 100kg earth observation technology demonstration mission owned and operated by SSTL.  It demonstrates a low cost video-from-orbit solution designed to deliver 1m resolution images and colour HD video clips with a swath width of 5km.  

Videos acquired by the satellite from orbit can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/SSTLTV

Telesat LEO Phase 1 satellite: Launched 2018

SSTL supplied a small low earth orbit (LEO) satellite to Telesat, a leading global satellite operator, as part of a test and validation phase for an advanced, global LEO satellite constellation.

The satellite flies an SSTL-built Ka payload and utilises hydrazine propulsion systems for in-orbit raising and de-orbiting. 

It will operate in low earth orbit at ~1000km.

Kanopus V IR: Launched 2017

Kanopus V IR is an Earth Observation satellite manufactured by Russia’s NPP VNIIEM with spacecraft avionics, computers and power distribution from SSTL.

Kanopus-V IR is fitted with an additional infrared imaging payload and a Panchromatic Imaging System (PSS), a Multispectral Imaging System (MSS) and a prototype Multispectral Scanner Unit (MSU-200). The panchromatic imager, has a resolution of 2.5 metres. 

Lomonosov: Launched 2016

Lomonosov is a mission for Russia to study transient phenomena in the Earth's upper atmosphere, cosmic rays and gamma ray bursts. 

SSTL supplied satellite avionics and software plus system design support, power management and batteries, on board computers and data handling capabilities for satellite subsystems and satellite operations to NPP VNIIEM for this satellite programme.

Lomonosov is a mission for Russia to study transient phenomena in the Earth's upper atmosphere, cosmic rays and gamma ray bursts. 

AlSat-1B: Launched 2016

AlSat-1B is based on the SSTL-100 platform, hosting a 24m multispectral imager and a 12m panchromatic imager. Eighteen ASAL engineers undertook the Assembly, Integration and Test phase of the satellite in Algeria, offering further opportunities for the transfer of skills and the development of local capabilities.

The satellite will be used for agricultural and disaster monitoring. 

DMC3/TripleSat Constellation: Launched 2015

Under a £110m contract SSTL designed and manufactured three SSTL-300S1 satellite platforms, a new smallsat design which provides unparalleled 1 metre high resolution imagery with high speed downlink and 45 degree off-pointing.

The three satellites formed a new constellation, TripleSat, with daily revisit times which is crucial for change detection, disaster monitoring and response planning, and essential for acquiring cloud-free imagery.
 

CARBONITE-1: Launched 2015

CARBONITE-1 is a technology demonstration mission for SSTL, designed to demonstrate video-from-orbit capability using rapid-build techniques and to test COTS components and new avionics in orbit.  

The satellite was designed, built and tested in 6 months and 12 days.  In an orbit of 500km the imager provides 1m GSD with a swath width of 5km. The Commercial-off-the-Shelf industrial video camera, adapted by SSTL for space provides 15 second HD video clips at 1m GSD. 

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TechDemoSat-1: Launched 2014

UK industry and academia worked together with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) on a new innovative satellite to trial UK space technologies and provide an ‘in-orbit test facility’ for innovative UK payloads and software.

 At around one meter cubed (roughly the size of a washing machine) and a surprisingly light mass of around 150kg, TechDemoSat (TDS-1) carries eight payloads plus a mixture of heritage and new product development systems from SSTL.   

KazEOSat-2: Launched 2014

Kazakhstan's KazEOSat-2 satellite delivers medium resolution images with 6.5m GSD and a 77km swath.  

Under the contract SSTL also provided 6 months hands-on training for 19 customer engineers and Managers.

KazEOSAT-2 medium resolution imagery is utlised for mapping, agricultural monitoring and resource management.  

STRaND-1: Launched 2013

Space researchers at the University of Surrey's Surrey Space Centre and SSTL engineers developed STRaND-1, a 3U CubeSat weighing 3.5kg containing a smartphone payload that was launched into orbit in 2013. STRaND-1 was built in engineer's free time using advanced commercial off-the-shelf components.

Sapphire: Launched 2013

SSTL supplied the satellite platform to MacDonald Dettwiler Associates for the SAPPHIRE satellite-based Resident Space Object (RSO) observing service that provides accurate tracking data on deep space orbiting objects. 

SAPPHIRE is a key element of the Canadian Space Surveillance System, and is a contributing sensor to the US Space Surveillance Network. It is a space-based electro-optical sensor that will provide accurate and timely tracking data to the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) on space objects at orbit altitudes between 6,000km and 40,000km.

MDA is the prime contractor for the SAPPHIRE mission, including launch.

exactView-1: Launched 2012

We supplied the platform for exactView-1 which forms part of the ExactEARTH AIS constellation used by ships and traffic to monitor ship movements through busy shipping channels and harbours and to provide information on global shipping movements.

exactView-1 was launched on 22nd July 2012 on a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Kanopus (V1) & Kanopus (BKA) Launched 2012

SSTL has supplied suites of satellite avionics and software plus system design support, power management and batteries, on board computers and data handling capabilities for satellite subsystems and satellite operations to NPP VNIIEM for their KANOPUS-V1 satellite programme. SSTL has also supported spacecraft assembly and integration activities in Russia. 

KANOPUS-V1 has been developed for Russia and will record abnormal phenomena to study the possibility of earthquake prediction as well as monitoring agriculture, water and coastal resources. The satellites carry a Russian-built 2.1m panchromatic imager plus a 10.5m multispectral imager.

NigeriaSat-2: Launched 2011

The NigeriaSat-2 Earth observation satellite provides the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) and the Disaster Monitoring Constellation with very high resolution imaging capability.  The satellite is based on the SSTL-300 platform, a highly agile design that delivers multiple viewing modes to a maximum of 2.5m panchromatic (black and white) ground sample distance (GSD) and 5m multispectral (colour) GSD across a 20km swath width.

NigeriaSat-X: Launched 2011

The NigeriaSat-X Earth observation satellite provides the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) and the Disaster Monitoring Constellation with 22m imaging capability.  The spacecraft delivers 22m GSD across a 600km swath width.

NigeriaSat-X was used as a Training Model spacecraft for the team of Nigerian engineers who participated in SSTL’s training and development programme. Over a period of 18 months, the Nigerian engineers were based at SSTL in the UK and were involved in the design, manufacture and test phases of the NigeriaSat-X spacecraft in a controlled real project, real engineering environment.  After launch, NigeriaSat-X was commissioned in orbit by the Nigerian engineers. 

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