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

Professor Ryden is currently Interim Director of the Surrey Space Centre, a research unit within the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. The Centre focusses on space applications, exploration and instrumentation and has a long history of building practical space instruments, experimental satellites and leading missions.Keith’s own field of research concerns ...
Man using space technology


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

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