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Following on from the success and complete sell out of The Potential of Small Satellites Masterclass in 2009 SMi and Surrey Satellites Technology will be teaming up again this December at the Surrey Research Park in Guildford for The Increasing Potential of Small Satellites.

Attend and gain a comprehensive survey of both the current and future technologies involved in small satellite design, and also the current and future applications to which those technologies can be applied.

Delegates will spend a full day at the headquarters of Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, on the Surrey Research Park in Guildford. Opportunities will be provided to see SSTL’s ground control facilities, and also their satellite assembly facilities on the University of Surrey Campus.


 Benefits of Attending:

Upon completion of this Masterclass, through a combination of presentations, discussions and interactive learning, you will:

  • Acquire an understanding of the current potential of small satellites and receive an insight into their future capabilities
  • Explore the whole field of small satellite engineering, since system design, satellite technology and data processing applications will all be covered
  • See some of the world’s latest small satellite technology “in the flesh”
  • Learn from an extremely experienced lecturer with an international reputation

Organisations in Attendence in 2009 Included:

  • Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS
  • NLR
  • EADS Astrium
  • US Army
  • UK Defence Science & Technology Laboratory
  • Camber
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Verhaert Space
  • Zarm
  • Netherlands Space Office
  • European Space Agency
  • Thales Alenia Space
  • RUAG Space AG
  • Logica
  • Alter Technology Group
  • Ordnance Survey
  • Helios
  • CNES
  • Global Invacom
  • Tesat-Spacecom

 Organisations which might attend:

Satellites are changing the way we live, and small satellites are at the forefront of this revolution. Any organisation with an interest in communications, remote sensing, navigation, and high-technology scientific investigation would potentially benefit from attendance.

  About your Masterclass Leader:

Dr Stuart Eves is currently responsible for military business at the world-leading small satellite company, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in Guildford. Previously, he spent 16 years with the UK Ministry Of Defence, in various space-related posts, before joining SSTL in January 2004.

During his time with the MOD, Stuart initiated the TopSat satellite programme, which is currently conducting its Earth-observation mission. TopSat established a new world record for “resolution per mass of satellite”, and has now been operating on-orbit for more than 3 years. Indeed the mission has been so successful that the engineering model of the satellite now forms part of the recently re-vamped space gallery at the Science Museum in London.


 In association with:

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) is widely regarded as the world-leader in small satellites. SSTL has built this reputation on delivering low-cost satellites to short delivery schedules. With a planned launch in July 2009, the company will then have launched 34 increasingly capable small satellites for a wide variety of applications. These have included communications, remote sensing, navigation, and a number of specialist demonstration missions for scientific investigation and demonstration. Founded by Professor Sir Martin Sweeting in 1985, the company was principally owned by the University of Surrey until 2008, when it was purchased by Astrium NV.


Masterclass programme

8:45 Registration & Coffee

9:00 A Brief Introduction to Small Satellites

9:30 Small Satellite Technologies

10:30 Visit to SSTL Ground Station

10:45 Morning Coffee

11:00 The Capabilities of Small Satellites Today

11:45 Why the Concept of Operations Matters

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 Thinking at the Constellation Level

14:15 Novel Space Technologies

15:00 Afternoon Tea

15:15 A Vision of the Future

16:00 Questions and Wrap-Up

16:15 Close of Masterclass


Surrey Research Park

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Surrey Research Park



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