The University of Surrey was established in 1966 with the grant of its Royal Charter, but its roots go back to a late 19th-century concern to provide greater access to further and higher education for the poorer inhabitants of London. In the 2018-19 academic year, we have over 16,000 students at Surrey – as well as 615 studying for the first stage of courses at our campus in China. In 2013/14 the University of Surrey generated more than £1.5 billion for the UK economy, with over £1.1 billion of that in the county of Surrey. The University also supported almost 17,500 jobs. Of these, almost 13,000 jobs were in Surrey and over 10,000 were in the Borough of Guildford alone.
The Surrey Space Centre (SSC) is a world-leading Centre of Excellence in Space Engineering, one of the four leading research centres within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Starting in 1979, pioneering small satellite activities, the SSC has gone on to push the boundaries of low cost small satellite applications and generated leading research, leading to the formation of a highly successful spin-out company Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL).
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 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.