The 6th Mission Idea Contest

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Prof. Sir SweetingProfessor Sir Martin Sweeting OBE, FRS

Executive Chairman - Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)
Director - Surrey Space Centre (SSC)

Born in 1951 in London and with a PhD in Electronic Engineering & Communications, Sir Martin pioneered the concept of 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 - Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd), which has now designed, built, launched, and operated in orbit a total of 36 nano-, micro-, and mini-satellites, including the international Disaster Monitoring Constellation and the GIOVE-A Galileo satellite for ESA.

By 2010, SSTL has grown to 300 commercial staff with a £300M order book and total export sales of over £234M. Currently 8 satellites are under construction, and SSTL is also manufacturing 14 payloads for the Galileo navigation payload for ESA/EC. Sir Martin leads a team of 90 faculty and doctoral researchers investigating advanced small satellite concepts and techniques as Director of the Surrey Space Centre, which acts as the research laboratory for SSTL: real academic-commercial synergy.

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Prof. Laufer Prof. Nakasuka Dr. Sandau Prof. Steyn Prof. Sir Sweeting Dr. Yamamoto Prof. Funase Prof. Ueno Prof. Ozaki
Prof. Rene Laufer Prof. Shinichi Nakasuka Dr. Rainer Sandau Prof. Herman Steyn Prof. Sir Martin Sweeting Dr. Masaya Yamamoto Prof. Ryu Funase Prof. Munetaka Ueno Prof. Naoya Ozaki

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