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Developing your career in the Satellites Industry: A lecture on NanoSats/CubeSats and a tour of the Surrey Space Centre


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Lecture on space explorations and current advances in small satellite research followed by a tour of the Surrey Space Centre.

Date and Time

12 February 2014 - 18:30-21:00


Guildford, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Jointly organised by the Surrey local network and the Satellite Systems and Applications TPN.

About this event


NanoSats/CubeSats – For Research and Education

The University of Surrey and its spin-out, SSTL, are world leaders in the design, construction and operation of micro-satellites. Recent technological advances have made it possible to construct even smaller satellites, at an order of magnitude less cost. These “nano-satellites” open up many new possibilities for space exploration.

In 2000, Surrey launched its first 6.5 kg nano-satellite: “SNAP-1”, which demonstrated remote inspection and autonomous orbital manoeuvring using advanced miniaturised technologies. Since then, “CubeSats” have become an international standard for University-class missions and education, and Surrey recently launched its first “CubeSat” mission: “STRaND-1”, which aims to complete a similar mission to SNAP-1, whilst exploring new mobile communications, MEMS-sensors and electric propulsion technologies. Such satellites pave the way for formations of ultra-miniature spacecraft, which together are capable of synthesising complex functions. An example: “AAReST”, will be presented.   


Prof. Craig Underwood is Deputy Director of the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey. He has over 27 years’ experience of small-satellite design, development and research.

Craig graduated from the University of York in 1982 with a BSc in Physics with Computer Science. After gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from York in 1983, he began a teaching career at Scarborough Sixth-Form College where he developed satellite activities.

In January 1986, Craig joined the University of Surrey as a Research Fellow responsible for the generation and maintenance of software for the UoSAT Satellite Control Ground-Station. In 1988, as a Senior Engineer with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL), he became responsible for mission analysis and the thermal design of the UoSAT spacecraft. From 1990 he has been Surrey's Principal Investigator of Space Radiation Environment and Effects, completing a PhD in this area in 1996.

Craig leads the Environments and Instrumentation Group in SSC, where his research covers a wide range of instrumental developments, including ionising particle detectors, UV-VIS-NIR and TIR instrumentation and bi-static and monostatic CWFM SAR. Over the last 25 years, he has designed and built payloads for many of the Surrey spacecraft. Craig also pioneered the UK’s nanosatellite activities as Chief Architect of SNAP-1 and is currently the UK PI for the CubeSat technology-based AAReST Space Telescope Demonstrator.


18:30 Welcome note by IET Surrey Local network & IET Satellite Application Network

18:40 Keynote presentation by Prof. Craig Underwood, Deputy Director of the Surrey Space Centre

19:30 Question & Answer

19:40 SSC Facility Tour

20:15 Networking

Reasons to attend

  • Learn about space explorations and current advances in small satellite research
  • Take part in a guided tour of Surrey Space Centre
  • Meet peers within your local and technical area

Registration information

Prior registration is required.


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