Orbital Optics


For several years CCLRC’s Space Science and Technology Department at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory has been developing compact, robust, low cost cameras to image Earth from space. The TopSat mission, a collaboration with Surrey Satellites and Technology Ltd and QinetiQ on a BNSC and MoD sponsored project, obtained colour images at a resolution of 2.8m over a 16km field of view. Individual buildings on the ground can be identified at this resolution.

MDA, the Canadian space and defence company, acquired 50% of the company’s share capital in 2007 (including the bulk of RSF’s holding) with a view to developing it as its European base. UKI2S made and IRR of 20% in less than 1 year.

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