UK Space Conference Speaker: Professor Sir Martin Sweeting OBE, FRS, FREng, FIET
Day 2: Innovation - Science, Business, Technology Session
Professor Sir Martin Sweeting OBE, FRS, FREng, FIET
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
Professor Sir Martin Sweeting is Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and has pioneered the concept of rapid-response, low-cost and highly-capable small satellites utilising modern terrestrial COTS devices to 'change the economics of space'. In 1985, he formed SSTL as a spin-off company from the University of Surrey University which has now designed, built, launched and operates in orbit a total of 34 nano, micro, and mini-satellites for international customers – including the Disaster Monitoring Constellation and the GIOVE-A Galileo satellite for the European Space Agency (ESA). SSTL was sold in 2009 to EADS for the largest single cash spin-out of a UK university company to date.
By 2011, SSTL has grown to 320 commercial staff with export sales of over £340M – with 11 satellites under construction for launch in 2011-13 (for Nigeria, Russia, Canada, China and Kazakhstan) and is manufacturing 14 payloads for the operational Galileo navigation constellation. SSTL has provided satellite know-how transfer and training programmes to 12 countries – particularly enabling emerging space nations to achieve their first space missions and space agencies.
Sir Martin is also Director of the Surrey Space Centre, leading a team of 90 faculty and doctoral researchers investigating advanced small satellite concepts and techniques and which acts as the research laboratory for SSTL: real academic-commercial synergy.
Sir Martin has been awarded the OBE and knighted by HM The Queen, elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2010, Sir Martin was awarded the Faraday Medal by the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and an Elektra Lifetime Achievement Award by the European Electronics Industry.
Sir Martin holds a PhD in Electronic Engineering & Communications.
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