UK space radar project initiated

The UK government is to kick-start an innovative project to fly radar satellites around the Earth, with an initial investment of £21m.

Radar spacecraft can see the planet's surface in all weathers, day and night.

It is hoped that a series of satellites could eventually be launched, enabling any place on Earth to be imaged inside 24 hours - a powerful capability.

The radar money is part of a £200m boost for science announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement.

George Osborne's investment will be matched by industry.

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Tue, 29/11/2011 - 17:25

Nigerian satellites are picture perfect

Nigeria's latest Earth observation satellites have returned their first pictures. The spacecraft, launched on 17 August, give the African nation a powerful new capability to map its own lands and other parts of the globe. NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X will also assist the Disaster Monitoring Constellation. This UK-managed fleet of spacecraft is used to picture regions of the Earth gripped by natural calamities. These might be catastrophic floods or a big earthquake. Images sent down from space will often be critical to organising an effective emergency response.


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Mon, 29/08/2011 - 15:06

Launch date set for NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites

On August 10th, SSTL announced that it will launch the NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites on behalf of the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) by a Dnepr launch vehicle from Yasny, Russia 17th August 2011.

Both NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X will be launched into the Disaster Monitoring Constellation, where they will assist with disaster relief and global environmental monitoring campaigns alongside satellites from other consortium members ASAL (Algeria), BLMIT (China), Deimos Space (Spain) and SSTL (UK).

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Thu, 11/08/2011 - 17:24

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Surrey Satellite takes the small route to the high ground

Micro-satellites specialist Surrey Satellite Technology hopes soon to be preparing for launch of a new synthetic aperture radar payload that could bring a dramatic new capability to its Earth observation customers. A SAR-capable spacecraft has been in development by the company since 2009. SSTL partner Astrium and the Surrey Space Centre made payload tests on an airborne platform last year and the payload and platform this February passed its preliminary design review, so a spacecraft could be available for launch in 2013.

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Wed, 09/03/2011 - 15:18

GSSF 2011: ‘Region to benefit from high-tech commercial opportunities in space,’ says expert

Sir Martin Sweeting, Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL), Professor and Head of the University of Surrey Space Centre and the pioneer of some of the smallest and lightest satellites in the world earning him a knighthood in the process, is set to address delegates at the Global Space and Satellite Forum (GSSF) 2011, which takes place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on 9-11 May.

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Thu, 03/02/2011 - 12:15

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