Surrey Satellite Technology Limited - Guildford




The SSTL story began in the late 1970s when its founder, Martin Sweeting, and colleagues at the University of Surrey, decided to build a satellite using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. That first satellite, UoSat-1, was launched in 1981 and was a great success, outliving its planned 3-year life by more than 5 years, demonstrating that relatively small and inexpensive satellites could be built rapidly to perform successful and sophisticated missions. In 1985 the University of Surrey formed Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd as a spin-out company, located in Guildford, to transfer the resul​ts of its research into a commercial enterprise. The growth of the company has accelerated, and its innovative approach to the design, build, test and operation of spacecraft has propelled SSTL to the forefront of the small satellite industry. SSTL is now an independent UK company within the Airbus Defence and Space group and has the following capabilities: 

  • ​Provides complete in-house design, manufacture, launch and operation of small satellites 
  • Delivers complete mission solutions for remote sensing, science, navigation and telecommunications 
  • Delivers space training and development programmes including on-the-job customer training 
  • Designs and builds remote sensing, navigation and communications payloads 
  • Supplies avionics suites and sub-systems 
  • Builds and installs ground infrastructure 
  • Provides consultancy services​
SSTL has some specialised testing facilities, but does most of its testing at external facilities, mostly in the UK.​