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Surrey’s GPS Receiver Is at the Heart of NASA’s Upcoming CYGNSS Mission

Scheduled for launch December 12, the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission is part of the NASA Earth System Science Pathfinder Program that aims to improve extreme weather prediction. As primary payload supplier, all of us at Surrey wish the CYGNSS team* best of luck for the launch and early operations. 

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02 December 20160 Comments0 Comments

Reducing "Camera Shake" by Measuring Micro-vibration in Orbit

Data from a micro-vibration monitor on board TechDemoSat-1 aids design of future spacecraft

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01 September 20160 Comments0 Comments

At the 2016 SmallSat Conference, It’s the Right Size That Matters

Over thirty years ago, Surrey Satellite revolutionized the satellite industry with its innovative small satellite technology, and exactly thirty years ago, we were one of the first participants in the Small Satellite Conference. Oh, what amazing growth we have seen in this remarkable event in Logan, Utah, and we congratulate Utah State University on its thirty-year anniversary! 

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11 August 20160 Comments0 Comments

Solutioneering: Shaping 'Necessity' for Satellite Missions on a Fixed Budget

Plato once said, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”

But when you look back to the very beginning of spaceflight, you will see that a little competition plays a big role in shaping this necessity. Competitors in the early days were primarily focused on two objectives: demonstrate impressive technological capability, and do it faster than the other guy. As national security was at stake, the cost of achieving these objectives was not a driving consideration. Good consequence? New consumer markets “feeding” on rapidly emerging space technologies; a healthy and robust economy. Bad consequence? A relatively poor understanding of how much achieving specific objectives would actually cost with inefficiencies stripped away.

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23 May 20160 Comments0 Comments

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. 

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20 April 20160 Comments0 Comments

OTB Blog Series: the Modular Solar Array

With more and more spacecraft being built and launched at increasingly lower cost points, we are seeing changes to the mentality of spacecraft manufacture from a custom one-off mindset to a modular build mindset that incorporates bulk production and standardized interfaces for major components. 

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05 April 20160 Comments0 Comments

Radiation Monitor Plots the South Atlantic Anomaly

TechDemoSat-1 payload helps pave the way for future missions

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29 January 20160 Comments0 Comments

Surrey Satellite’s Systems Engineering Approach: from Mission Concept to Satellite Operations

Systems engineering: a logical sequence of activities and decisions that transforms an operational need into a description of system performance parameters and a preferred system configuration (MIL-STD 499A, Engineering Management, 1 May 1974).

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16 November 20150 Comments0 Comments

Innovating Is Positively in our DNA

Our new bi-axis Solar Array Drive Mechanism was designed with clever engineering and built in a rapid timescale.

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18 September 20150 Comments0 Comments

Small Satellite Conference 2015: Big Innovation in Small Packages

When it comes to machines, there was time when the overall size of a system was directly proportional to its capability. In fact, “bigger and better” is a marketing tagline frequently seen even today across a multitude of industries. But in space, “smaller” is taking over and proving that big things do come in small packages. This week Surrey Satellite Technology US is at the Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah, in the midst of a thriving smallsat community and sharing details of two of its smallest commercially available satellite platforms—both of which aim to take advantage of a wealth of innovation and capability in the 25- to 100-kilogram satellite market.

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13 August 20150 Comments0 Comments

OTB Blog Series: iMESA-R Sensor Will Help Forecast Space Weather

Just as we rely on weather forecasts so we can be ready for rain or snow in our town, satellite operators are increasingly looking to atmospheric scientists to predict the weather in space. Fluctuations in temperature, plasma density, and ionic winds within various layers of Earth’s atmosphere can negatively impact the operation of certain satellites in orbit. Advanced warning of changes in space weather may enable satellite operators to anticipate communication disruptions and safeguard sensitive subsystems onboard.

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22 July 20150 Comments0 Comments

Study Shows Small Satellite Can Host Imager Instrument for Landsat at Low Cost

In May 2015 we delivered the results of our six-month study on small instrument design for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). We, along with our team members Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) and Global Science & Technology Inc. (GST), were one of six prime contract companies that competed for and received NASA funding via the GSFC Sustained Land Imaging (SLI) Office to conduct a study involving future Landsat small instrument conceptual designs, decisions, and trades. The primary intent of the study was to design an instrument package that could be hosted by a small satellite platform while still meeting the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) SOW requirements and performance for the Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) and Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS).

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30 June 20150 Comments0 Comments

Satellite Image Captures Rebuild of an Oil Refinery, Four Years on from Japan Earthquake

Images from UK-DMC2 show the oil refinery in the Miyagi prefecture immediately after the tsunami struck (top), and again four years later (bottom).

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18 June 20150 Comments0 Comments

OTB Blog Series: FlexRX Receiver to Gain In-Orbit Heritage

With payload integration now underway on our OTB satellite and the RadMon sensor already onboard, our next step is to integrate the experimental Surrey FlexRX receiver. Part of the Surrey primary payload suite that includes the Electronics Test Bed and the RadMon sensor, FlexRX will be gaining valuable in-orbit heritage in preparation for commercial use on future satellite missions.

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28 May 20150 Comments0 Comments

The Americas Captured by Surrey Spacecraft

Recently released by our sister company DMCii, this stunning mosaic of the Americas is built of images captured by the Surrey-built UK-DMC2.

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14 May 20150 Comments0 Comments

The Smallsat Story Is Only Just Beginning

The Surrey team enjoyed a busy week at the 31st Space Symposium, held April 13–16, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This show has an increasingly international flavor—certainly recognized by the conference organizers who ran a series of “country in focus” sessions. The “Country in Focus: UK” session, held on Wednesday afternoon, featured the Surrey group’s Executive Chairman Sir Martin Sweeting as a panelist.

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23 April 20150 Comments0 Comments

OTB Blog Series: Deorbit Tethers...a Little Push from the Space Environment to Return Home Safely

Imagine this: you are driving on the Interstate in rush hour traffic with a lane all to yourself, and a law states that you must remain in your lane for the duration of your trip. If you had the means to never break this rule, you could go as far as you wanted, at the highest speed possible, and arrive at your destination in the shortest time—safely and consistently. This, of course, assumes that there are no other people in your lane.

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23 March 20150 Comments0 Comments

This Is What the Spacecraft of the Future Will Look Like

The Surrey team is currently in Washington, D.C., at the Satellite 2015 Conference and Exhibition, which is the largest forum for end-users and solution providers of satellite communications technology.

While there is naturally a strong satellite communications focus at this conference, it is evolving into an event which brings together a diverse range of satellite industry professionals and organizations. Many of the themes for this year’s conference forum sessions reflect the trend towards “small satellites, big business,” and the growth of associated services and innovative business models such as hosted payloads.

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18 March 20150 Comments0 Comments

OTB Blog Series: Integration Has Begun

In 2013, the Surrey US team moved into a shiny new building in Englewood, Colorado, that includes 2,700 square feet allocated to manufacturing, integration, and testing. Soon after our announcement that the Orbital Test Bed (OTB) would be the first flight spacecraft integrated in this new facility, our team began transforming the undeveloped space into a clean room that is capable of supporting spacecraft manufacturing and assembly, integration, and test activities. In preparation for OTB, the cleanroom was framed in, HVAC and electrical were incorporated, and the entire room was scrubbed top to bottom.

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12 March 20150 Comments0 Comments

AAS GN&C Breckenridge 2015: Pointing the Future of Spacecraft in the Right Direction

While many people across the U.S. were preparing for a New England/Seattle Super Bowl showdown, Surrey US was gearing up for the 38th annual Guidance, Navigation & Control (GN&C) Conference sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Section of the American Astronautical Society (AAS). At this conference, engineers across the aerospace industry from the U.S. and abroad converge to discuss future mission concepts and advances in GN&C hardware and software. Pleased to sponsor and attend this event, we were eager to find new and exciting ways to apply the state-of-the-art techniques learned here to advance the capability of our spacecraft.

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05 February 20150 Comments0 Comments

Taking the Strain out of Assembling a Satellite

How do you safely reposition a satellite? Delicately and slowly…

At Surrey, we’re world-renowned for manufacturing small satellites, but despite their small size they’re often too big to manhandle. That’s when we rely on our overhead gantry cranes, as demonstrated by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., (SSTL) in its Guildford-based Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) Hall.

The twin three-axis cranes in SSTL's main AIT Hall are mounted on sliders so that they can be used pretty much anywhere in the main floor area. They have a lift capacity of 10 tons and 8 tons and a 9.7 m crane hook height. They can work independently, or together, and are precision-controlled using a handheld remote control. Operating them is a skilled job, requiring specialist training.

Surrey’s “smaller” small satellites, like the SSTL-100 and SSTL-150, are the size of a dishwasher. The process of constructing the panels on these satellites and integrating all the modules and instruments on board takes place on a wheeled platform that allows the engineers to work on the spacecraft from every side. The overhead crane is usually only needed when the spacecraft is complete and needs to be lifted into its flight case for transportation to the launch site.

However, our larger platforms from the SSTL-300 range are the size of a mid-sized car. Some of the assembly for these platforms takes place on metal frames that allow us to tilt the satellite from vertical to horizontal and vice versa in order to access all the panels. The tilting maneuver is achieved using the overhead cranes, which allows us to precisely control the movement of our very delicate engineering.

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12 January 20150 Comments0 Comments

How a Small Wheel Helped to Stabilize Philae's Bumpy Landing

The genesis of Philae's momentum wheel and the emotions of comet-landing day in the words of a Surrey Satellite Technology engineer who worked on the project.

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18 November 20140 Comments0 Comments

SGR-ReSI Instrument Measures Maritime Winds and Waves

May lead to better weather forecasts...

We are excited about the early results from an instrument flying onboard our TechDemoSat-1 satellite, launched earlier this year. This instrument is the Space GNSS Receiver Remote Sensing Instrument (SGR-ReSI) developed by our GNSS experts, led by Dr. Martin Unwin, principal engineer at SSTL in the United Kingdom.

We designed the SGR-ReSI to collect the signals from GPS and other navigation satellites after they have reflected off the ocean surface. The instrument generates images called delay Doppler maps, which are used to interpret ocean roughness and wind speed measurements of the sea surface.

The technique works in a similar way to existing scatterometer technology; however, it eliminates the need for a transmitter and can process multiple reflections from different GPS satellites simultaneously, presenting an opportunity for collecting data more frequently, and over a greater area at a lower cost.

“This is a complementary technology to the well-proven space-based scatterometers,” said Dr. Unwin. “GNSS reflectometry uses a longer wavelength and measures the slope of the swell at the sea surface. It only needs a relatively small, low-power, and low-cost modified GPS receiver so it’s a practical payload that can be flown on multiple satellites. Measurements from many satellites will increase the available temporal and spatial resolution over today’s state of the art, and in future could lead to better global weather forecasting.”

How does it work?

The map below shows the SGR-ReSI targeting four potential reflected signals from GPS satellites around the Bay of Alaska.

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03 November 20140 Comments0 Comments

The Smallsat and Hosted Payload Phenomenon, Changing the Face of the Satellite Industry

Surrey has been at the forefront of pioneering small satellite and hosted payload solutions for three decades, and while hosted payloads and smallsats offer different trade-offs, they both offer attributes mission planners are looking for: mission flexibility, lower costs, less risk, faster time to orbit, and reduced operational and technical complexity.

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15 October 20140 Comments0 Comments

OTB Payload Profile: RadMon to Measure Radiation in Low-Earth Orbit

The concept behind Surrey’s Orbital Test Bed (OTB) missions is to cost-effectively space-qualify new equipment and generate in-orbit data that can’t be collected by any other means. While the first OTB satellite will host payloads for several clients, the spacecraft will also carry experimental components built and operated by Surrey to help us better plan future missions and evolve our product.

As the first in a series of blogs describing OTB’s payloads, we showcase the radiation sensor, or RadMon.

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06 October 20140 Comments0 Comments

With ‘Commerce of Small Satellites’ as Conference Theme, Surrey Discussing OTB Missions in Utah

“The Commerce of Small Satellites” is the theme at this year’s Small Satellite Conference hosted by Utah State University. This growing event is one we’re proud to be part of as an exhibitor and small satellite pioneer. The conference theme highlights the fact that entrepreneurs are increasingly leveraging small satellite technology to bring innovative applications to fruition that wouldn’t have been feasible just a few years ago.

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05 August 20140 Comments0 Comments

Five Payloads Sharing the Ride on Upcoming OTB Mission

Hosted payload missions play a critical role in the development of new aerospace technologies. Surrey’s Orbital Test Bed (OTB) satellite helps fulfill that role by providing aerospace organizations with a low-risk way to test new subsystems and payload technologies on an operational low-Earth orbit mission, while also sharing the cost of development and launch. The rideshare concept behind OTB is a cost-effective way to quickly space-qualify new equipment and generate in-orbit data.

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24 July 20140 Comments0 Comments

Surrey Flight of a De-orbit Sail to Support Space Sustainability

Space debris is becoming an increasingly worrying problem for the space industry. Many space-faring nations are taking seriously their responsibility for the stewardship of the space environment and are implementing measures that follow the guidelines of the United Nations' Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). In the U.S., NASA adopted a policy to control the generation of orbital debris. Satellite operators are considering various methods, such as de-orbit sails and tethers, as a way to bring inactive low-Earth-orbit satellites into lower orbits for eventual burn-up in Earth’s atmosphere.

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19 June 20140 Comments0 Comments

International Collaboration: Developing Partnerships to Achieve Common Goals

We enjoyed the chance to meet with our industry partners and colleagues at the 30th Space Symposium, May 19–22, 2014, in Colorado Springs.

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23 May 20140 Comments0 Comments

Changing Course: Surrey Can Lead Space Industry Supertankers to Sustainable Satellite Development

“Doing more with less” is a recurring theme running through many of the talks at the 30th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs this week. Government agencies in both the civilian and military sectors are challenged with maintaining or raising existing levels of service and preparedness in the face of shrinking budgets. This situation isn’t expected to change, and some would argue that it’s here to stay.

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20 May 20140 Comments0 Comments

Surrey Announces Next-Gen Color Video-Imaging Smallsat at GEOINT 2013*

The Surrey team is looking forward to the year’s largest intelligence event, the annual GEOINT symposium, organized by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF).

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15 April 20140 Comments0 Comments

Surrey US at SATELLITE 2014: Innovating to Stimulate New Markets

The annual SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition is one of the key events for the global satellite-enabled communications community because of the breadth and depth of the 60-plus conference session topics and the opportunity to build networks with more than 300 organizations and over 12,000 professionals on the exhibition floor.

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18 March 20140 Comments0 Comments

IEEE Aerospace Conference: Hosted Payload Opportunities and Surrey’s Lessons Learned

Hosted payloads are starting to steal some of the spotlight away from traditional missions because the industry is starting to recognize the critical role they can play in the development of new space technologies as well as in the provision of operational services. The topic is so important, in fact, hosted payloads were the subject of a dedicated session at the 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference in Big Sky, Montana, held March 1–8.

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06 March 20140 Comments0 Comments

The Role of Small Satellites in Modernizing GPS

People all over the world have depended on the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) for defense, transportation, and surveying applications since the GPS constellation became fully operational in 1994.

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20 February 20140 Comments0 Comments

Lightweight Carbon Fiber Antenna Boosts Payload Data Downlink Speed

In the near future, satellites will be able to acquire almost limitless amounts of data.

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04 February 20140 Comments0 Comments

Surrey Wheel Flies on the Rosetta Comet-Chaser Mission

On January 20, 2014, after 957 days of deep-space hibernation, ESA’s comet-chasing mission Rosetta woke up.

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21 January 20140 Comments0 Comments

Fishing Space Debris from Orbit

Millions of pieces of space debris are orbiting Earth dating back to Sputnik-1 in 1957. Could we use fishing nets, harpoons, and sails to reel them in?
Almost 5,000 launches since the beginning of the space age have left orbits littered with defunct satellites, parts of rockets, fuel tanks, tools lost by astronauts, and other fragments which threaten to damage and destroy active spacecraft. Needless to say, space junk is a serious concern for us at Surrey US and for the wider space community.

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12 December 20130 Comments0 Comments

Surrey Promotes Aerospace Education at Colorado Gala Event

On November 16, Surrey Satellite Technology US (SST-US) proudly hosted ten outstanding Colorado aerospace students as part of our sponsorship of the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum’s annual Spreading Wings Gala. With sponsorship from more than a dozen local aerospace organizations, the evening event drew hundreds of aviation and space enthusiasts to the Denver-area museum.

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21 November 20130 Comments0 Comments

Is the time right for Space Traffic Control?

As the quantity of space debris continues to increase, the same drivers that led to the global air traffic control system on Earth could also result in the creation of an analogous space traffic control (STC) system.

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06 November 20130 Comments0 Comments

Summit looks at possibilities for LEO, GEO, and beyond

Surrey joined many industry partners at the third annual Hosted Payload Summit at the Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, DC, on October 9, 2013.

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24 October 20130 Comments0 Comments

Surrey imager captures Colorado flood devastation

Days of heavy rain in September caused severe damage to property and forced the rescue of thousands of people in the Boulder County region of Colorado. Eight people lost their lives.

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10 October 20130 Comments0 Comments

Surrey Hosts NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock

We are proud to announce that our first Orbital Test Bed satellite, OTB, will host NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC), having been selected by JPL under the sponsorship of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD).

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06 September 20130 Comments0 Comments

Small satellite conference focuses on constellations

This year’s Small Satellite Conference at Utah State University focuses on the manifold benefits of constellations. With purse strings tightening, the formidable capability of small satellites cannot be overlooked – the ability to build a complex space-based system with reduced risk and low capital investment of multiple small satellites is a compelling argument for any application.

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15 August 20130 Comments0 Comments

TRACking CubeSat Study Success

Thrusters have been used to move spacecraft since the 1960s, but are still rare on CubeSats. Now, many missions opt for nano satellite platforms like CubeSats to meet the required objectives with lower launch costs and shorter development times. However, current CubeSats generally provide only coarse attitude control and do not allow for orbit adjustment. In the Surrey-sponsored TRACSat (Target Recognition and Acquisition CubeSat) project, students from University of Colorado at Boulder aimed to demonstrate technology that allows rapid ground-based testing and measurement of precise CubeSat maneuvers and thruster control algorithms.

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31 July 20130 Comments0 Comments

U.S. Wildfires Highlight Need for a Low-Cost Fire Detection and Monitoring Constellation

The western U.S. has been suffering from a series of wildfires in the last few months. The Black Forest Fire, the most destructive fire on record in Colorado, destroyed over 500 homes and charred more than 14,000 acres during a 10-day period. California has also been subject to a spate of wildfires with over 680 incidents in the state so far this year.
A recent report by U.S. Forest Service scientists claims that climate change will cause wildfires to increase by 50% to 100% in the U.S. by 2050, which means that there is increasing interest in finding ways to ensure early detection and safe, timely, and appropriate deployment of fire-fighting resources on the ground.
The UK-DMC2 satellite, which is part of the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC), acquired this image of the Springs Fire on the California coastline May 2.

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21 June 20130 Comments0 Comments

Surrey Satellite Images Moore Tornado Devastation

The Surrey-built satellite UK-DMC2 has imaged the destruction caused by the tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, last week.

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31 May 20130 Comments0 Comments

Space Tech Expo: Commercial Space as a Catalyst for Progress

“No longer the exclusive preserve of NASA and government agencies, space is ‘fair game’ for commercial organizations” – This statement forms the basis of the 2013 Space Tech Expo, which examines “The Business Case for Space.”

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22 May 20130 Comments0 Comments

Surrey US CEO John Paffett Explains Why Small Satellites Will Succeed at NSS

Last month we and many other representatives of the space industry were at the 29th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, despite the weather’s best attempts to disrupt travel plans for exhibitors and participants alike. Surrey had a very busy week; we met a lot of interesting people and attended many thought-provoking presentations, but one of our most memorable events of the symposium was the New Generation panel discussion “A Fresh Take on Old Concepts.” This is an approach we’ve always tried to engender, and SST–US CEO Dr. John Paffett was pleased to be invited to take part in the session.

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08 May 20130 Comments0 Comments

Spaceport Colorado: a Solution for Cost-Effective Launches?

There has been a lot of interest surrounding a potential Colorado spaceport. What would this mean for Colorado’s thriving space industry and the way that spacecraft are launched in the future?

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23 April 20130 Comments0 Comments

NSS 2013 Heralds the Rise of Cost-Effective Space

We’re looking forward to the 29th National Space Symposium (NSS), run by the Space Foundation, that takes place this week here in Colorado. An important fixture in the space calendar every year, the event brings together representatives from space agencies, businesses, government organizations, and research facilities to discuss all aspects of the space industry.

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08 April 20130 Comments0 Comments

Charting the Future of Satellite Communications at Satellite 2013

This week we are in Washington DC for the Satellite 2013 conference. This year’s conference is titled "Bridging the Gap between Today and Tomorrow" and promises to cover a vast array of topics. Some of the subjects we think will initiate interesting conversations with our customers include GPS modernization, hosted payloads, and the government sequestration.

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20 March 20130 Comments0 Comments

Small Satellites Redefine Earth Observation

The problem: we rely on aging satellites to provide us with essential data.

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08 March 20130 Comments0 Comments

Breckenridge AAS: Guiding the Future of Space GN&C

This week, we’re down the road in Breckenridge, Colorado, for the 36th Annual Guidance and Control conference. Breckenridge AAS is a technical conference, run by the American Astronautical Society that brings together experts in space guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) with presentations and exhibitions on all aspects of the industry.

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05 February 20130 Comments0 Comments

The Multi-talented GPS Receiver

As well as providing end-to-end missions for our customers, Surrey subsystems can also be found in a broad range of international third-party missions.

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25 January 20130 Comments0 Comments

Propelling satellites towards a greener future

The onboard propulsion system is an essential element of most satellites, required for performing orbital insertion after launch and to perform station-keeping and collision avoidance throughout the satellite’s mission lifetime.

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07 January 20131 Comments0 Comments

Surrey-Backed CU Research Team Making TRACS!

On December 4th, SST-US attended the Critical Design Review (CDR) for the University of Colorado (CU) Aerospace Department’s TRACSat student team.

Sponsored by SST-US, TRACSat (Target Recognition and Acquisition CubeSat) is a research project created to span multiple academic years and student teams. The project debuted this academic year and is one of eight aerospace senior design projects taking place at CU during the 2012-13 school year. The project’s ultimate goal is to produce a CubeSat-sized working spacecraft engineering model that can demonstrate the proximity operations capability necessary for STRaND-2- Surrey Satellite’s internal project that will test a novel in-orbit docking system in space.

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13 December 20120 Comments0 Comments

GEOINT 2012: Getting Smarter on Spending Limited Resources

Last month, the SST-US team exhibited at GEOINT 2012, America’s largest gathering of intelligence professionals in Orlando, Florida.

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08 November 20120 Comments0 Comments

Hosted Payload Pioneered Internet in Space

As a Surrey Blog reader your device is talking to our webserver via the Internet.  We take the Internet for granted every day in our work and social lives, but it’s a victim of its own success: The original Internet’s 4 billion addresses are exhausted, and the new IPv6 protocol is expanding the available space to 340 trillion trillion trillion, but what if the Internet could go further? What if it could work in space?

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30 October 20120 Comments0 Comments

Hosted Payloads: Sharing Resources and Cutting Costs

The hosted payload concept is stimulating a lot of interest at the moment and is being recognized as a way of cutting the cost of space missions and increasing opportunities to get payloads into orbit. While dedicated spacecraft will continue to be designed and built, hosting payloads on commercial spacecraft is becoming an important element in the long-term strategy of government departments to ensure regular, low-risk, and cost-effective orbit delivery for a wide variety of sensors, instruments, and equipment.

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16 October 20120 Comments0 Comments

SST-US Showcases Innovation at GEOINT 2012 Symposium

Every year since 2003 the big names in geospatial intelligence, defense, and homeland security have gathered for America’s largest annual intelligence event—the GEOINT 2012 Symposium, organized by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF).

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28 September 20120 Comments0 Comments

Awards season for Surrey

This month Surrey has been presented with two awards that recognize over 25 years of applying innovative approaches to reduce the cost of access to space. Last week, Sir Martin Sweeting, Surrey’s founder, received the 2012 International Von Kármán Wings Award from the Aerospace Historical Society and the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

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19 September 20120 Comments0 Comments

Smallsats, CubeSats, and Clay Pigeons in Utah

Last month, SST-US staff made their annual pilgrimage to Utah for the 26th Small Satellite Conference. This friendly but important event brings together engineers, developers, and enthusiasts from the small satellite industry and academic researchers to encourage collaboration and discussion on the development and potential of small satellites – and it is growing every year with a reported 1,150 attendees and more than 400 organizations represented this year.

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14 September 20120 Comments0 Comments

Chartered Flights for Satellites?

Virgin Galactic and SST-US are collaborating to radically lower the cost of building and launching small satellites. Alternative launches aren’t new but are currently an area of such frenetic activity that we thought we’d take a step back and look at ‘space planes’ and their potential to lower launch costs.

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28 August 20120 Comments0 Comments