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Space for Everyone? Small Satellites - Changing the Economics of Space




18:00 Registration, 18:30 Lecture, 20:00 Refreshments and Networking

Speaker: Professor Sir Martin Sweeting OBE, FRS, FREng, FIET, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd

Series: Annual Leslie Chamberlain memorial lecture with The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers

For 50 years space has been a costly field of activity and considered the preserve of super-powers. The University of Surrey has pioneered modern 'microsatellites' which, taking advantage of the enormous commercial investments made into consumer electronics, have been able to exploit 'commercial off-the-shelf' (COTS) devices to dramatically reduce the size, cost and manufacture times of small and highly capable satellites, fundamentally changing the economics of Space. This 'quiet revolution' has brought space within the reach of developing nations and new, innovative business models.
The lecture will chart the development and progress of these small satellites from early research vehicles through to fully operational constellations.

Professor Sir Martin Sweeting OBE, FRS, FREng, FIETSir Martin is an electronics engineer who has a fascination for radio communications and space. As Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), the UK's largest University cash spin-out to date, he leads a team of 320 which has now designed, built, launched and operates in orbit a total of 34 nano, micro, and mini-satellites. As Director of the Surrey Space Centre, he also leads a team of 100 faculty and doctoral researchers investigating advanced small satellite concepts and techniques and which acts as the research laboratory for SSTL - an exemplar of real academic-commercial synergy.

The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire WorkersThe craft of the tin plate worker is an ancient one and there are well documented accounts of tinned copper and bronze articles dating from pre-Roman times. The Company's By-laws were approved by the Lord Chancellor and other legal officers on New Year's Day 1678 and it received its status as a Livery Company on 9th December 1766. Out of the 108 City Livery Companies it is 67th in order of precedence. Our Educational grants range from support for two inner City primary schools through school and university bursaries to post-graduate awards. In keeping with our aim to support our trades, the majority of our awards are linked to technical education. We especially provide opportunities for students to undertake vacation employment or to travel to gain appropriate technical experience.

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6.00pmWednesday 2nd March 2011

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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