About us

The Surrey Space Centre (SSC) is one of the four leading research centres within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. We have an integrated activity which embraces research, teaching and enterprise implemented combining our operations to produce the synergy that fuels our success.

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 are a world’s leading research centre for small, cost effective space missions, generating leading research and bringing innovation to our spin-out company SSTL and pushing the boundaries of satellite technologies and applications.

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.

Staffed with ~90 individuals amongst academics, researchers, and support staff we develop new innovative technologies which are exploited by the space industry. We have a large body of PhD, academic and industrial research, with a direct route through SSTL for rapid commercialisation.

SSC has a multidisciplinary engineering competence that gives us a full end-to-end capability, unique in UK academia, to develop and execute space missions, from concept study to spacecraft design & MAIT, to mission operations and exploitation of space data to support engineering research and education. In our labs we carry out leading edge applied research that that covers all the main domains relevant to space engineering, and cost effective missions.

In our labs we explore a wide range of engineering issues: advanced mission analysis; astrodynamics (including formation flying) and propulsion; payload engineering; on-board computing, embedded systems and spacecraft internetworks; space robotics; communications, radar and RF systems; remote sensing applications and instrumentation; orbit and attitude determination and control; power systems and electric propulsion, space plasma and ionising radiation environment and effects; nano/pico-satellite technologies; Planetary rovers and UAVs, spacecraft structures and mechanisms.

We also have our own SSC’s Satellite Mission Control Centre with full capability to command and control the satellites to execute mission operations and download data for user’s applications.