Surrey space camera project given government backing
A project to develop a state-of-the-art space camera, led by the University of Surrey, is one of seven projects to share a £4.7 million government funding pot.
The Surrey Space Centre has been awarded £867,000 to lead a team that will develop the technology for a fast, high-resolution video and still camera that is able to rotate around an axis while in orbit.
It is hoped that the technology developed at Surrey will form the basis for a new low-cost family of space cameras that could be used for an upcoming space flight in 2020.
Professor Guglielmo Aglietti, Director of the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey, said: “We would like to thank the UK Space Agency for their continued support and faith in the Fast Slew Gimbaled Optics for Real-time Earth Observation Applications project.
“This round of government funding makes clear that Surrey is now the centre of a flourishing space sector in the UK and we want make sure that the University of Surrey continues to influence this field for years to come.”
Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said: “The UK is a world leader in earth observation technology, which not only allows us to better understand the planet that we live on, but also has outstanding potential for export - providing highly skilled jobs and economic growth across the UK.
“This new funding is fundamental in our mission to grow the UK’s space economy and maintain our leadership in these science and technology areas, and I am keen to see the results.”