Surrey Space Centre

The Surrey Space Centre is a world leading Centre of Excellence in Space Engineering.

Our mission is to create and disseminate knowledge that leads and underpins the progress of space engineering and its applications in the space sector, and to maintain our leadership in cost effective space engineering.

Space equipment

About the centre

Starting in 1979, pioneering small satellite activities, the Surrey Space Centre has gone on to push the boundaries of low cost small satellite applications and generated leading research.

Our research

As pioneers of modern "small satellites" since 1979, we have taken part in numerous missions.

Spacecraft technology requires a broad range of backgrounds from physics and engineering to mathematics and software systems, this broad range is reflected in our research.

Our staff members

Professor Keith Ryden

Head of the Centre

After graduating with a First in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath in 1986, I joined the UK Ministry of Defence to carry out research into improving the effectiveness and survivability of military satellites. As part of this I led the design, construction and launch of the 50kg STRV1a research satellite which performed its mission successfully fro...
Man using space technology


Our cutting edge research facilities built up within the centre together with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, and our research contracts in the UK, EU, and across the world.

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Prof. Craig Underwood: “It is excellent news that ESA is considering Space Based Solar Power (SBSP) ..." 🧵
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