EPS Distinguished Lecture: Professor Sir Martin Sweeting

Keeping Satellites in Space - Where Science and               Engineering Meet 


Lecture Theatre 117, Physics West Building

(R8 on Edgbaston Campus map)

 Date Wednesday 5 March 2014 (18:00-19:30) 


Professor Sir Martin Sweeting OBE FRS FREng

Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and Director of the Surrey Space Centre


Space at Surrey is a very effective synergy of academic research and commercial exploitation, particularly taking advantage of the enormous investments made into mass-produced microelectronics and modern manufacturing processes to use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components to achieve highly capable small satellites and payloads, rapidly and at low cost.


Since 1981, Sir Martin has pioneered rapid-response, low-cost and highly-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 Monitoring Constellation (DMC) and the first Galileo navigation satellite (GIOVE-A) for ESA. SSTL has grown to 610 staff with annual revenues exceeding £100M and exports over £0.5Bn – it is currently manufacturing 22 navigation payloads for the Galileo (Full Operational) Constellation, 3 high-resolution (1-metre) Earth Observation minisatellites and a low-cost medium-resolution SAR minisatellite (NovaSAR).

As Director of the Surrey Space Centre and a distinguished professor at the University of Surrey, Sir Martin leads a team of 90 faculty and doctoral researchers investigating advanced small satellite concepts and techniques, acting as the research laboratory for SSTL - real academic-commercial synergy. Sir Martin has been appointed OBE and knighted by HM The Queen, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and most recently has received the prestigious von Karman Wings Award from CalTech/JPL. He is a member of the UK Space Agency Leadership Council.

Students wishing to attend are also invited to a roundtable discussion with Sir Martin directly before the lecture at 16:30.

Simply email eps-community@contacts.bham.ac.uk with a proposed question and you will be entered into the draw. The best 10 questions will be selected to attend the discussion and will be contacted shortly.


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