Hi all, It has been announced that SSTL (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd ) and its partners DMCii are to build and launch 3 satellites at a cost of £100 million. A UK project of course. The satellites are expected to be launched in 2013 and used for imaging the earth with a resolution of 1 metre. It is also planned to let other countries whom may not be able to afford to build or launch satellites. Buy time for use of the SSTL satellites. Many congratulations to Sir Martin Sweeting and his teams on yet another major project for the group. Ken Eaton GW1FKY Amsat -UK Amsat NA
Hi Ken, GW1FKY
The above 3 satellites are not carriyng an amateur radio transponder and so they are only commercial and scientific satellite of no interest for the IARU Amateur Satellite Service.
As far I remember AMSAT-UK and SSTL with Sir Martin Sweeting have never built and launched an amateur satellite with a communication transponder in more than 35 years now and for this reason I cannot congratulate with the above people.
i8CVS Domenico EX AMSAT-UK member 0229