This will likely have a strong engineering component, but I shall be going and trying to decipher what I can anyway!
Space for everyone
|Date:||14 Nov 2012|
|Time:||17:30 – 18:30|
|Venue:||408, Electrical & Electronic Engineering Building|
|Campus:||South Kensington Campus|
|Speaker:||Sir Martin Sweeting, University of Surrey|
|Audience:||Open to all|
For 50 years space has been considered the preserve of super-powers, however modern microsatellites, taking advantage of the enormous commercial investments made into consumer electronics, have been able to exploit commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) devices developed for the consumer markets to reduce dramatically the size, cost and manufacture times of small and yet highly capable satellites. This is fundamentally changing the economics of space and putting sophisticated space assets within the reach of almost every nation.
Sir Martin pioneered rapid-response, low-cost and highly-capable small satellites utilising modern terrestrial COTS devices to change the economics of space. In 1985 he formed a spin-off University company (SSTL) which has now designed, built, launched and operated in orbit 39 nano, micro, and mini-satellites – including the international Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) and GIOVE-A, the first Galileo navigation satellite for ESA. SSTL has grown to 500 staff with annual revenues of £100M with total export sales in excess of £600M and is currently manufacturing the 22 navigation payloads for the Galileo Full Operational Constellation, a new constellation of 3 high-resolution (1-metre) Earth Observation minisatellites and a low-cost medium-resolution SAR minisatellite (NovaSAR) supported by the UK government.