Prof Sir Martin Sweeting
Executive Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
For over 4 decades, Prof. Sir Martin has pioneered highly capable small satellites utilizing modern consumer electronics to change the economics of space that created the now global NewSpace industry. In 1985, he founded a University spin-off company (SSTL) that has designed, built, launched and operated in orbit 75 nano, micro and mini-satellites for partners in 22 countries earning over $1bn in export earnings. He demonstrated the value of small satellite constellations for Earth observation and later built 34 navigation payloads for the operational European Galileo constellation. He has driven continuous innovation in space through demonstrating the first in-orbit debris removal techniques (RemoveDebris mission), the first commercial IR imaging microsatellite (HOTSat-1 and building Lunar Pathfinder to support communications and positioning services in preparation for the emerging lunar economy. Sir Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK and was Knighted by HM The Queen. He is a member of several international advisory boards and has been identified as one of the UK’s 20 most influential engineers.