Keeping Satellites in Space – Where Science and Engineering Meet
- Lecture Theatre 117, Physics West Building
- Engineering and Physical Sciences, Lectures Talks and Workshops
Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, Director of the Surrey Space Centre, delivers the first EPS Distinguished Lecture
Since 1981, Sir Martin has pioneered rapid-response, low-cost andhighly-capable small satellites utilising modern terrestrial COTS devices to'change the economics of space'. In 1985 he formed a spin-off University company(SSTL) which has designed, built, launched and operated in orbit 41 nano, micro,and mini-satellites – including the international Disaster MonitoringConstellation (DMC) and the first Galileo navigation satellite (GIOVE-A) forESA. SSTL has grown to 610 staff with annual revenues exceeding £100M andexports over £0.5Bn – it is currently manufacturing 22 navigation payloads forthe Galileo (Full Operational) Constellation, 3 high-resolution (1-metre) EarthObservation minisatellites and a low-cost medium-resolution SAR minisatellite(NovaSAR).
As Director of the Surrey Space Centre and a distinguishedprofessor at the University of Surrey, Sir Martin leads a team of 90 faculty anddoctoral researchers investigating advanced small satellite concepts andtechniques, acting as the research laboratory for SSTL - realacademic-commercial synergy. Sir Martin has been appointed OBE and knighted byHM The Queen, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the RoyalAcademy of Engineering and most recently has received the prestigious von KarmanWings Award from CalTech/JPL. He is a member of the UK Space Agency LeadershipCouncil.
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