Surrey Space Centre

Surrey Space Centre missions

The Surrey Space Centre is home to world class space research.

Flight Missions


AAReST, the autonomous assembly of a reconfigurable space telescope, is a novel approach to the issue of placing telescopes with a diameter of over 20 metres into orbit.


RemoveDEBRIS is aimed at performing key Active Debris Removal (ADR) technology demonstrations (e.g capture, deorbiting) representative of an operational scenario during a low-cost mission using novel key technologies for ADR.

InflateSail, 23 June 2017

InflateSail, an inflatable drag sail, was one of three specific, useful, robust and innovative large space deployable technologies developed as part of the DEPLOYTECH (large deployable technologies for space) project.

AlSat-1N, 26 Sept 2016

A joint CubeSat mission between the UK Space Agency and Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) launched on September 26 2016.

DOS, 10 July 2015

The DeOrbitSail project is a collaboration to build a 3U CubeSat sized satellite with a deployable sail that will demonstrate rapid deorbiting.

STRaND-1, 25 Feb. 2013

Space researchers at the University of Surrey's Surrey Space Centre (SSC) and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) have developed a series of high risk missions named: Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrators (STRaND).

Past Missions with SSTL


The Disaster Monitoring Constellation is an international collaboration of several countries each contributing a satellite to the constellation and sharing the data.

SNAP and Tsinghua rendezvous

Surrey Space Centre developed its own nanosatellite - SNAP, through a series of student research projects.

UoSat 2 and 12

One of the key advantages of using several satellites flying in close formation to achieve a mission objective, is the ability to replace satellites in the formation.


PoSAT-1, the first Portuguese satellite, was launched into orbit on September 26, 1993, from the Kourou Space Centre, French Guiana.

Beijing-1 (DMC)

The China DMC+4 satellite, known officially as Beijing-1, is a low-cost Earth Observation (EO) small satellite that was launched as part of the 1st generation of satellites in the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC).

Mission Studies


CubeSail is an exciting, ground-breaking educational satellite project at the Surrey Space Centre (SSC).


Fueled by mass market demand, terrestrial consumer electronics continue to drive technology advancement in the field of microelectronics devices.


The MoonLITE mission concept comprises a small orbiter and four penetrators.


The MoonRaker mission consists of a single propulsive soft-lander aiming to provide a low-cost European lander capability for robotic exploration of the lunar surface in preparation for subsequent human expeditions.


The ExoMars 2020 mission aims to demonstrate key planetary robotics technologies such as rover autonomy and deep drilling.