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Reflections on the 32nd Space Symposium

Spring was in full bloom last week at the 32nd Space Symposium, as we welcomed the opportunity to connect with the international space community and participate again as an exhibitor at this prestigious event. 

We had a busy few days of meetings and discussions and learning about recent developments in the industry. During the conference we announced our partnership with BridgeSat Inc. to work towards developing a free-space optical communications system that will provide secure data downlinks from satellites to a proprietary ground network at faster speeds than equivalent radio frequency solutions. We are excited to be a part of developing this innovative data transmission technology.


We were proud to see evidence of Surrey innovation and technology in various places around the exhibit hall. Our soon-to-be-launched OTB spacecraft was mentioned in NASA’s model exhibit of its Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC). DSAC is a miniaturized, ultra-precise mercury-ion atomic clock that is orders of magnitude more stable than current space-based navigation clocks, DSAC is being developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Technology Demonstration Missions Program.

Model display of NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock

On display in Southwest Research Institute’s exhibit was a model of the CYNGSS mission. Proud to be part of the CYGNSS team, we recently completed the delivery of our SGR-ReSI instrument payloads for the mission. The on-orbit CYGNSS observatory payload is the Delay Doppler Mapping Instrument (DDMI) that is used to collect ocean surface roughness data via GPS reflectometry from which wind speed will be derived. The CYGNSS DDMI is Surrey’s SGR-ReSI. 

Model of Southwest Research Institute's CYGNSS mission

Also on display as part of Honeywell’s exhibit was a model of ADS-1B (now exactView-1)—a spacecraft built by Surrey as part of the ExactEARTH AIS constellation.

Model of exactView-1 satellite (formerly ADS-1B)

Thanks to the Space Foundation for another superbly run conference—we will be back again in 2017.


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