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July 22, 2016
SSTL expands LEO platform capability with VESTA nanosatellite
Guildford UK (SPX) Jul 22, 2016
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has signed a contract with Honeywell to supply the VESTA satellite platform, a technology demonstration mission that will test a new two-way VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) payload for the exactEarth advanced maritime satellite constellation. The contract was signed as part of an MOU between Honeywell Aerospace and the UK Space Agency. John Paffett, SSTL's Director of Telecommunications, commented "The SSTL nanosatellite range provides flexible and highly cap ... read more

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BepiColombo Mission to Mercury on Track for April 2018 Launch
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