Our platforms combine technological innovation, reliability and operational autonomy to deliver high performance outcomes that meet the highest quality standards while also minimising operational costs. QinetiQ’s systems are capable of serving multiple applications including remote sensing and communications and feature in both single and multi-payload missions as part of main-stream objectives, critical infrastructure and/or In-Orbit Demonstration (IOD) of new technologies.
Combining the benefits of lower launch costs with high performance and reliability, our satellites can carry up to 100 kg of mass, and their high level of manoeuvrability delivers the high precision pointing capability typically associated with larger platforms. Significantly, the platforms are designed for a multitude of applications and have the capacity to carry sophisticated payloads such as high resolution cameras, remote sensing, tracking, radio and data communication systems.
Drawing on extensive experience in systems integration and engineering, we design and configure our platforms for a very wide range of applications. These include the testing and validation of advanced instrumentation and next generation technologies in space, where our customers benefit from our unrivalled test and evaluation expertise and facilities. With a strong pedigree in the defence sector, our specialist teams in technical support, cyber security and encryption also provide the reassurance of secure and resilient satellite communications solutions.
With over 40 years of operational experience working with ESA on small satellite programmes, we have proven the success, long-term survivability and autonomous operation of our satellites. Such knowledge and insight lowers our customers’ exposure to risk and also enables us to minimise satellite operating costs.
Working for QinetiQ's Space team
QinetiQ’s space division works in a variety of spatial projects: satellites, science instruments, life support systems, baffles, docking systems… Our employees explain how it is to work with such out of this world projects!