Surrey Satellite Technology: The First 60 Years

8 November 2018

British Airways Waterside Theatre


Space is an extraordinary business and the UK is a world leader in the space sector punching above its weight in the space revolution. The turnover for the UK space industry has grown to almost £15 billion a year, with 40% of all small satellites currently in orbit are built in the UK.

In this particular sub-sector of the space industry, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) has been in existence for over 30 years. The business has firmly established itself as the world’s leading small satellite manufacturer. As its first 30 years just pass, SSTL is certainly looking forward to what the business will look like in the decades ahead, in the next 30 years.

This lecture will provide the audience an overview of how the company began, what the business is working on today and what it intends to do in the future. The talk will also discuss the common themes that have, and will continue, to influence SSTL’s approach to improve access to space.

We welcome both members and non-members but for security reason, advance registration of attendance (at least 2 days prior) is required for all RAeS Heathrow Branch events.

To register, contact the Branch Secretary, William Li MRAeS
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Speaker Details

Victoria Irwin, Business Line Manager - Earth Observation, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL)

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Having graduated with a first class Master’s degree in Physics with Space Technology, Victoria Irwin joined the Space industry as a graduate engineer at Airbus Defence and Space in 2004. During her early career, she participated in a number of different rotations from Manufacturing Engineering to Electrical Design, to roles within the project management office, giving her a solid foundation in the many different aspects of the space sector.

Drawing on this experience, Victoria later joined Surrey Satellite Technology Limited in 2010, a pioneering small satellite company. Initially employed as a Project Manager, she was responsible for the full project lifecycle of a number of small satellite projects including the UK’s first national in-orbit demonstration programme, TechDemoSat-1. Her wealth of experience on projects, as well as her technical and manufacturing experience was then later utilised in the area of Bid Management, to assist with the securing of future contracts and later into the role of Programme Manager where she was responsible for both the review and oversight of bid activities, the overall delivery of the programmes, as well as the guidance and mentoring of the other less experienced Project Managers.

In July 2017, Victoria’s knowledge, experience and skills made her the ideal appointee to the role of Earth Observation Business Line Manager and a key member of SSTL’s Senior Management team. In this role she is responsible for both the definition, championing and contract negotiation of new opportunities within the Earth observation area (including Space situational awareness) as well as the ultimate delivery of the current in house projects.


British Airways Waterside Theatre

Waterside Theatre
British Airways HQ Waterside
Speedbird Way
London Heathrow Airport
Harmondsworth UB7 0GA