Surrey Satellite Technology LTD

SSTL is an independent satellite manufacturer within the Airbus Defence & Space group. We have been delivering small satellite missions since 1985, employing 500 staff, Facilities in Surrey, Kent, Hampshire & Colorado. 30 years is the longest for a satellite manufacturer in our field, which gives us the experience to justify our reputation as the world’s premier provider of operational and commercial satellite programmes. In that time we have launched 47 satellites, an average of 1.5 a year since 1990.

Services offered:

  • Provide complete in-house design, manufacture, launch and operation of small satellites
  • Deliver complete mission solutions for remote sensing, science, navigation and telecommunications
  • Deliver space training and development programmes including on-the-job customer training
  • Design and build remote sensing and communications payloads
  • Supply avionics suites and subsystems
  • Build and install ground infrastructure
  • Provide consultancy services

We first changed the economics of space in the late 1970s when we pioneered ‘commercial off the shelf’ (COTS) satellite technology. This process took standard consumer technology, such as those used in personal computers, and adapted them to the unique environment of space. Until then, satellite equipment was purpose-built for space travel, at huge expense and taking many years, with the result that the technology was obsolete by the time of launch.

Typical missions include:

  • Earth observation and imaging
  • Navigation and telecommunications
  • Scientific research
  • Military/defence purposes
  • Technology demonstration (testing an instrument in space)

We can develop satellites throughout their life cycle – from design and build through to launch and in-orbit monitoring and maintenance – or any stage of that cycle. For customers who want to monitor and maintain their own satellites,  we set up their ground station and train their in-house team. We are able to offer such flexibility because we design, build, assemble and test our satellites and almost all their components in-house.

The SSTL satellite platform range Life cycle operations at SSTL Typical activities at SSTL
The SSTL satellite platform range

Contact person

Mark Ferris, Mechanisms Team leader

Email: m.ferris[at]
Tel: +44 (0)1483 803873

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