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Satellite Vu developing high-resolution thermal satellite service to support a green economic recovery

(13 July 2020 - Satellite Vu) Earth observation has become a key part of environmental monitoring, and Satellite Vu is poised to transform this market through the construction and launch of unique and ground-breaking satellites that will deliver infrared imaging with frequent re-visit times, both day and night.

Satellite Vu has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) to develop the infrared imaging space technologies for the constellation. The infrared thermal measurements can be used to identify which buildings are emitting the most heat and that might be candidates for energy efficiency measures. “This ground breaking and timely technology will for the first time allow government and the public to make better and informed decisions on which buildings are a priority to upgrade.” said Anthony Baker CEO of Satellite Vu. “Satellite Vu is open to collaborating with end users to develop specific trials to demonstrate the power and capability of this new data in advance of a future satellite launch.”

Phil Brownnett, Managing Director of SSTL, said “SSTL is innovating at the forefront of space technologies in the UK and we are very pleased to be working with Satellite Vu on this exciting new mission.”

The data from the thermal imaging systems will have multiple uses both commercially and for good causes, especially environmental. We have all felt Urban Heat Islands (UHIs) when the city temperature is higher than the rural areas. The UHIs can be limited to a city block or extend over larger districts, and high resolution infrared satellite imaging has the capability to detect the location of heat islands in every city on a national scale at better than postcode resolution. The presence of heat islands exacerbates the heat stress suffered by the most venerable especially during lockdown when confined to one location.

About Satellite Vu

Satellite Vu was founded in 2016 to bring the science and technology of earth observation to a wider audience. In this era of so-called ‘New Space’ where space technology can be brought to market faster and more cost-effectively, we endeavour to bring satellite technology to address our global challenges.

We will be able to monitor the temperature of any building on the planet in near real time using a new satellite technology to determine valuable insights into economic activity, energy efficiency and carbon footprint.

Inspired by Sir David Attenborough’s words: “Never before have we had such an awareness of what we are doing to the planet, and never before have we had the power to do something about it.” Satellite Vu will effectively provide the Earth’s Smart Energy Meter in space.

About SSTL

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) is at the forefront of space innovation and is the world's leading small satellite company, delivering customisable complete mission solutions for Earth observation, science, communications, navigation, in-orbit debris removal and servicing and exploration beyond Earth infrastructure.

Since 1981, SSTL has built and launched more than 60 satellites for 20 international customers, as well as providing training and development programmes, consultancy services, and mission studies for ESA, NASA, international governments and commercial customers.

SSTL is well known for innovative missions such as the CARBONITE video imaging satellites, the NovaSAR S-band radar imaging satellite and the RemoveDEBRIS space debris removal technology demonstrator.