The Surrey Space Centre is a world leading Centre of Excellence in Space Engineering. Our strategy is to underpin the technical development of the space industry through its advanced research programmes.
We remain the world’s leading research centre for small, low cost space missions, generating leading research and bringing innovation to our spin-out company SSTL and pushing the boundaries of low cost small satellite applications to develop next generation low cost small satellite technologies.
Surrey's pioneering small satellite activities started in 1979 as an academic activity at the University, leading to the formation of a highly successful spin-out company Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL). Astrium acquired SSTL in 2009 and established a long-term strategic collaboration with the University to further advance the University’s cutting edge space research capacity.
We provide well focused space engineering undergraduate, postgraduate and industrial short courses, training the next generation space scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Our academic research laboratories cover advanced multidisciplinary small satellite and space system engineering techniques for Earth orbit and interplanetary space; innovative communications, remote sensing, robotics and space science payloads for small satellites; and enabling technologies for low cost space exploitation and planetary exploration.
With 10 academic staff, 11 research fellows and over 60 postgraduate researchers, we develop new innovative technologies which are exploited by the space industry. We also have a large body of PhD, academic and industrial research, with a direct route through SSTL for rapid commercialisation.