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July 19th, 2016

Visions Of VESTA For SSTL

VESTA, a flagship project of the National Space Technology Program that is being funded by the UK Space Agency  and managed by the Centre for EO Instrumentation and Space Technology (CEOI-ST), will now have the direct involvement of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) in the manufacture of this satellite platform.

The VESTA platform, computer generated image,
courtesy of SSTL.

SSTL has signed a contract with Honeywell to supply the VESTA satellite platform, which will be a technology demonstration mission that will test a new two-way VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) payload for the exactEarth advanced maritime satellite constellation. The contract was signed as part of an MOU between Honeywell Aerospace and the UK Space Agency.

VESTA is a new configuration of the SSTL-12 satellite platform, a product in SSTL’s scalable LEO platform that covers the 3 to 1000 kg range.  The SSTL-12 provides a flexible mission solution offering more power, mass and payload capability than many other current offerings in this class and is ideally suited for missions of between 3 and 25 kg.

SSTL’s new NanoLab at the company’s Guildford facility will be where VESTA will be manufactured under a rapid-build schedule to meet a 2017 launch date.  The platform will have 3-axis pointing capability, an SEU tolerant on-board computer, VxWorks operating system and an S-band transmitter and receiver. The design is compatible with a range of launch deployment systems for injection into orbit by Soyuz, Antares, Dnepr, Falcon-9, Atlas, Delta and Vega rockets.

In 2012, SSTL supplied the platform for exactView-1, the highest detection performance AIS satellite currently in orbit. exactEarth is pioneering space-based maritime information services, which include the highest performing, most widely accepted satellite AIS system increasing the range of vessel detection and providing real time monitoring of vessels throughout the World’s oceans.

The VESTA satellite will be the first smallsat to be manufactured in SSTL's NanoLab in Guildford, according to SSTL's Director of Telecommunications, Dr. John Paffett.


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