SSTL restructures business

Posted on 20 Jan 2010 by The Manufacturer

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited has restructured its business, forming two new units to manage continuing growth in its earth observation and science & telecommunications missions.

The telecommunications and navigation business unit will be run by Dr. John Paffett, who was responsible for Europe’s first Galileo navigation satellite, GIOVE-A, and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited’s (SSTL) geostationary communications satellite programme.

The earth observation and science business unit will be run by Paul Brooks, currently director of business development and sales — and previously responsible for the Medium Wave Infrared and TopSat remote sensing missions. In the immediate future, SSTL is involved in a remote sensing mission for Kazakhstan and the launch of the NigeriaSat-2 and NX satellites later this year. Similarly, the company will begin work with the Telecommunications Regulation Authority of Sri Lanka for the development of a communications satellite and the formation of Sri Lanka’s space agency.

SSTL CEO, Matt Perkins, said, “We see maintaining the SSTL ethos as the company grows as critical to our continued success. The formation of two focused business units will enable SSTL to grow, whilst preserving this ethos and maintaining our unique and cost effective methodology which is built on a common foundation of engineering and a programmatic approach.”