System end to end tests of the DeorbitSail satellite. The deployable sail will increase the drag area of the satellite, rapidly deorbiting it to demise in the atmosphere and removing it from the hazardous debris field in LEO. DeorbitSail is currently awaiting launch from India in 2015.
The DeorbitSail project is a collaboration to build a 3U CubeSat sized satellite with a deployable sail that will demonstrate rapid deorbiting.
CubeSail satellite deorbiter
Surrey Space Centre video animation of its CubeSail nanosatellite. The 3 kg spacecraft deploys a 4m x 4m solar sail to demonstrate how it can be used to "brake" a satellite and cause it to de-orbit at the end of its useful life, helping clear low Earth orbit of debris.
Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and the University’s Surrey Space Centre, been admitted to Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).
David Willetts, former UK Minister for Science and Universities, has joined the Board at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) – a spin-out company from the University’s Surrey Space Centre – as a non-Executive Director.