We want to revolutionize Earth observation by operating satellites at much lower altitudes than usual. Our satellites will be smaller, lighter and cheaper to launch while achieving a better resolution than today’s devices.
How is this possible?

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Impact on
and society

Why it matters

Are there materials or processes which reduce the induced drag on spacecraft surfaces?

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January 2017

DISCOVERER has officially started

With the aim of developing satellites which will orbit much closer to the Earth, our international consortium has officially launched the DISCOVERER Project during the Kick-off Meeting in Manchester.

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3 March 2017

Press release: How low can you go?

Remote sensing satellites currently operate at about 500-800 km above the Earth. These altitudes are limiting resolution and requiring large telescopes to be used. Our research team will design new technologies to build satellites that can operate at 200-450 km above the Earth’s surface – lower than the International Space Station.

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January 2017

We are making news

The DISCOVERER research team will create something brand-new – and this is big news. See what international media are reporting on our project.

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26-28 June 2017

Steering Committee Meeting

The second Steering Committee Meeting will be held on 26-28 June 2017 at University College London in the United Kingdom.

University College London
Mullard Space Science Laboratory
Dorking, United Kingdom

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