Nigeria's latest Earth observation satellites have returned their first pictures. The spacecraft, launched on 17 August, give the African nation a powerful new capability to map its own lands and other parts of the globe.
On August 10th, SSTL announced that it will launch the NigeriaSat-2 and NigeriaSat-X satellites on behalf of the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) by a Dnepr launch vehicle from Yasny, Russia 17th August 2011.
Micro-satellites specialist Surrey Satellite Technology hopes soon to be preparing for launch of a new synthetic aperture radar payload that could bring a dramatic new capability to its Earth observation customers.
Sir Martin Sweeting, Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL), Professor and Head of the University of Surrey Space Centre and the pioneer of some of the smallest and lightest satellites in the world earning him a knighthood in the process, is set to address delegates at the Global Space and Satellite Forum (GSSF) 2011, which takes place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on 9-11 May.