Feb 21, 2009

SSTL presents space-based security solutions in Abu Dhabi

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Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) will present new small satellite ‘eye in the sky’ solutions for civilian and security applications at the IDEX International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi 22-26th February 2009.

‘Eye in the sky’ capability provides valuable security and environmental benefits to national and regional authorities, but this often comes at a high cost that restricts access to a privileged few. SSTL’s next generation satellite system is able to respond rapidly to tasks, imaging objects of less than 1m in size and provide frequently updated images for applications in surveillance, agriculture, or land use change
mapping.

Head of International Business, Steve Young commented, ‘SSTL can now provide a satellite system that can image the entire land area of the
Earth within 30 months, at a resolution better than 1m, for less than $50M. This makes space much more accessible to regional and government
programs seeking more independent native capabilities.’

Such new systems form part of SSTL’s space-based security solutions for national and regional security. Its integrated solutions enable
real-time early warning and a reduction in time scales from threat-detection to termination in the field.

Young added, ‘As the world’s most experienced team of small satellite engineers we address the top level requirements for space-based olutions. We design, build and launch cost effective satellite missions – and then we take it a step further by training local engineers and technical staff so that our customers can develop their
own independent space capability.’

SSTL has more than 20 year’s experience designing and operating civilian and commercial earth observation missions. One such example is the
CHRIS satellite imager which is flown onboard ESA’s PROBA mission. The imager has been providing hyperspectral data to the scientific community for the last 7 years, supporting resource management, deforestation and forest husbandry, precision farming, aerosol monitoring and water quality assessment.

Following the success of CHRIS, SSTL has developed the new CHRIS-2 imager which will provide vital data for mineralogists and ecologists alike, defining spectra for mineral exploration, information currently provided by aircraft reconnaissance and on-the-ground surveys.

The Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) and the recently launched RapidEye constellation demonstrate SSTL’s ability to provide systems
equivalent to LandSat and other wide area imaging systems at a fraction of the cost of conventional large satellites.

SSTL-built satellite, TopSat, is providing 2.5m imagery of the Earth, having successfully achieved its original mission objective as a technology demonstrator for the UK Ministry of Defence.

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