2010-2018

NovaSAR-1

NovaSAR-1 is a small Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) mission designed for low-cost programmes and optimised for shared launch opportunites.  The system baselines SSTL-300 avionics with an imaging payload developed by the space borne SAR team at Airbus in Portsmouth, UK, and S-band solid state power amplifer technology. 

NovaSAR-1 is part-funded by the UK Government and in 2017 we signed an agreement to provide Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) with a 10% share of the tasking and data acquisition capabilities from the spacecraft.

SSTL S1-4

The SSTL S1-4 satellite is identical to the three DMC3 satellites in the TripleSat Constellation, launched in 2015.  It has a mass of 440kg and is capable of acquiring multiple targets in one pass and will utilise spot, strip and mosaic imaging modes and 45 degree off-pointing agility for a range of applications including urban planning, agricultural monitoring, land classification, natural resource management and disaster monitoring. 

In Februrary 2018, Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Co Ltd (21AT) of Beijing signed a contract to lease data capacity from the satellite.

Galileo Navigation Payloads

We have already delivered 22 navigation payloads for the deployment phase of Galileo, Europe's satellite navigation system and are now under contract to build a further 12 payloads.

OHB System AG is the prime contractor and builder of the spacecraft platform and SSTL has full responsibility for the navigation payloads, the brains of Galileo's navigation system.

Eutelsat Quantum

We are supplying a small geostationary satellite platform for the first “Eutelsat Quantum” class telecommunications spacecraft, due to launch in 2019.  We are under contract to prime contractor, Airbus Defence and Space, who are supplying the flexible payload for the spacecraft.  

Eutelsat Quantum will be our first geostationary satellite platform and the design is based on the SSTL VAMP satellite product, a small and scaleable geostationary craft. 

The new spacecraft design will represent a first in the commercial satellite industry, by enabling the complete electronic synthesis of “receive” and “transmit” coverages in the Ku-band. 

ELSA-d Target

We are supplying a "Target" satellite and avionics for ASTROSCALE's inaugral ELSA-d mission, which will simulate capture of orbital debris and is designed to validate key technologies for end-of-life spacecraft retrieval and disposal services.  

The ELSA-d mission comprises of a "Chaser" satellite and the Target satellite, and will demonstrate key technologies necessary for orbital debris removal such as rendezvous and docking and proximity operations.  ASTROSCALE are designing and manufacturing the Chaser in Tokyo using avionics from SSTL.  

Vivid-i Constellation

We are supplying 5 satellites for Earth-i's new Earth Observation Constellation, Vivid-i.  The constellation will be first in the world to provide full-colour video and will provide high-frame rate images with resolutions better than one metre for any locations on Earth. 

  

VESTA

We are building the satellite platform for VESTA, a technology demonstration mission that will test a new two-way VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) payload for the exactEarth advanced maritime satellite constellation.

The VESTA platform will have 3-axis pointing capability, an SEU tolerant on-board computer, VxWorks operating system and an S-Band transmitter and receiver. The design is compatible with a range of launch deployment systems for injection into orbit by Soyuz, Antares, Dnepr, Falcon-9, Atlas, Delta and Vega rockets.

KazSTSAT

Under a contract signed on 1st July 2013, SSTL and JV Ghalam LLP have jointly developed a new platform using heritage SSTL platform design and payloads for global commercial wide-area imaging at 17.4m GSD with a swath width of 250km. 

A number of jointly-developed equipments and payloads and a new on-board computer will also be flown on the platform which is designed to provide over 50W Orbit Average Power to a 50kg payload mission. 

It is intended that the platform and some of the new technologies will be flown on future Kazak missions. 

FORMOSAT-7

We have supplied 6 spacecraft platforms for the FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 Program, a joint constellation meteorological satellite mission between Taiwan and the United States for observing and monitoring the global meteorology, climate, and ionosphere. The goal of the joint program is to establish an operational constellation  to replace the current FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC mission.

Orbital Test Bed (OTB)

The Orbital Test Bed (OTB) satellite will carry five demonstration payloads for a variety of commercial, US government, and academic organisations. With the assistance of the Department of Defense Space Test Program, OTB is scheduled to launch on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy. 

EarthCARE

We are supplying a Multi Spectral Imager (MSI) Instrument for the EarthCARE mission, ESA's third Earth Explorer Core Mission. 

 

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