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SSTL Supplies TerraSAR Antennas

Surrey satellite achieves remarkable 19 years in-orbit Surrey's UoSAT-2 microsatellite has clocked up 19 years operating in Earth orbit. Designed and built by Surrey engineers in just 6 months in response to a launch opportunity offered by NASA, UoSAT-2 was launched on a Delta rocket from Vandenberg USA on 01 March 1984. Weighing 65kg, UoSAT-2 was the first microsatellite to provide modern digital store-and-forward (email) communications with the use of advanced onboard re-programmable microprocessors and solid-state memories. The satellite remains operational and is used by the amateur satellite and educational communities worldwide.
Guildford - Mar 17, 2003
SSTL has won a contract from Astrium GmbH to supply two S-band patch antennas for the TerraSAR mission - these antennas have previously flown on the GRACE and CHAMP missions.

The contract, valued at just over 40,000 Euros, has a delivery date of January 2004. TerraSAR is a joint venture by Astrium and DLR to develop an X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar observation spacecraft.

Weighing 1,023kg, with a ground resolution of approximately 1.5 metres, the project is being financed by the German govenment and will be built by Astrium and operated mainly for commercial purposes. The spacecaft will be launched on Dnepr in mid-2005.

SSTL specialises in the design, manufacture and operation of high-performance yet low-cost small satellites provided on rapid timescales to meet both civil & military Earth observation, communications and space science applications.

During 22 years SSTL have launched 21 small satellite missions into low Earth orbit for international customers, pioneering use of 'commercial-of-the-shelf' (COTS) technologies and resulting in an experience and heritage of missions and in-orbit operations unmatched by any other commercial satellite manufacturer.

Four spacecraft are currently under construction at the SSTL's purpose-built facilities at the Surrey Space Centre in England: three satellites for the international disaster monitoring constellation (DMC), plus an enhanced, agile microsatellite to demonstrate 2.5-metre resolution Earth imaging for the UK MoD.

SSTL employs 150 staff at Guildford, currently working on geostationary and interplanetary platforms, exploiting the cost-effective technology and techniques that are the hallmarks of Surrey's work.

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KVH Makes SatTV For Car A Reality
Middletown - Jan 10, 2003
Today at the 2003 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, KVH Industries changed how families and business people will travel throughout the continental United States with the introduction of the revolutionary new, ultra-low profile TracVision A5 in-motion satellite TV antenna.



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