Azara Blog: EADS takes over Surrey Satellite Technology

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Date published: 2008/04/07

The BBC says:

Europe's largest space company, EADS Astrium, looks set to acquire the British satellite manufacturer SSTL.

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited started as a spin-out from the University of Surrey in 1985.

It has become the world's leading manufacturer of small satellites, producing low-cost platforms for Earth observation missions.

It also built Giove-A, the first test satellite for Europe's forthcoming Galileo satellite-navigation service.

This is probably the best outcome for all concerned. It means that the British might well get more satellite business in future, and it will also be good for Europe because Surrey Satellite Technology builds satellites pretty cheaply.

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