Mission Platforms


Flexible, modular, cost-effective small satellite platform

The Swift is based on Surrey’s heritage systems with experience derived from dozens of successful missions. Optimized for high-performance missions ranging from 5 to 7 years in low-Earth orbit (500 to 1000 kilometers), the Swift is versatile and cost-effective, with scalable architecture and modular avionics solutions. 

The Swift typically ranges in mass from 3 to 400 kilograms and can accommodate a wide range of mission requirements.  

Swift’s versatility enables missions employing a single platform or constellation. Its volume-efficient packaging and dimensions offer the option of a simultaneous launch of multiple platforms.


Swift Technical Specifications*

Payload Mass (kg) 0 to 150
Payload Peak Power (W) 20 to 180
Payload Orbit Average Power (W) 10 to 140
Data Downlink (Mbps) 2 to 500 (S- to X-band)
Data Storage 16 MB to 1 TB
Orbit Knowledge Position (m) 5 (1 s)
Orbit Knowledge Velocity (m) 0.15 (1 s)
Pointing Knowledge (deg) 0.007 to 3 (1 s)
Pointing Control Accuracy 0.01 to 7 (1 s)
Pointing Stability (arcsec/s) Less than 1 to 2 (1 s)
Life (years) 1 to 7
Batteries Li-ion
Main Bus Voltage Range (V) 12 to 34
C&DH Bus Architecture CAN, RS422, LVDS, 1553, SpaceWire
Propulsion Butane, xenon, hydrazine, electric
Schedule (months) 9 to 32
*Typical specifications; can be tailored to specific mission solutions 

The smallest of Surrey’s platforms is the Swift Nano, suitable for missions ranging in mass from just 3 kilograms. This configuration comes in a small package, but still offers high-end capabilities and performance, along with flexibility in payload accommodation.  The Swift Nano is perfect for demonstration missions, low-cost constellations, and high-performance missions in an LEO environment. The Swift Nano includes conventional platform build classes such as cubesats and nanosatellites. 

Download the U.S. mission platform brochure