Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), based at Surrey Research Park, are building heat-sensing satellites for British space company Satellite Vu, which will pinpoint badly insulated buildings across the planet.
Seven thermal-imaging probes are being constructed on the Park, which will highlight how homes, offices and cities can become more energy-efficient in future. Each satellite will be able to operate night and day while measuring heat output on the ground with an accuracy of 2C (3.6F).
The first probe will be launched in 2023 on a Falcon 9 rocket, operated by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company, with a further six going into orbit from UK locations over the next two or three years.
The aim of Satellite Vu’s programme is to create a fleet that will carry out a constant, worldwide survey of the heat emanating from buildings, using HD infrared radiation detectors.
Anthony Baker, Satellite Vu’s Chief Executive said; “A lot of companies and authorities want to make improvements in the way we use energy and generate heat…but they need to know exactly where to direct their efforts. By giving them precise data about where heat is being allowed to spill out of buildings into the open, we believe we can help them make a real difference and save energy.”
Read more – Robin McKie’s article in The Guardian.