Surrey Satellite Technology
Limited (SSTL) has been developing affordable microsatellites for over 20 years.
The capability of these microsatellites has improved at a phenomenal rate over
these years and they are now able to meet the demanding operational requirements
of both commercial and governmental organisations. The successful launch of
AlSat-1 in November 2002 heralded the start of operations of the disaster monitoring
constellation (DMC). A second launch in September 2003 has placed an additional
three satellites into the constellation. The talk will cover the technology
used within the DMC satellites, the satellite design and the operational concept
for the constellation. Example images and application results will be shown
including some early images from the UK's own DMC satellite.