SSTL-900 Earth observation satellite in space

Illustration of Surrey Satellite Technology’s SSTL-900 platform

Published by

Jon Heras

Cambridge University: Natural Sciences (1998-1999); Masters in Chemical Engineering (1999-2002); PhD in MRI and image processing (2002-2006); Founded Equinox Graphics in 2006, incorporated Equinox Graphics Ltd in 2009. Equinox Graphics Ltd produces stills and animations of all kinds of science and engineering, with a particular emphasis on genetics and space exploration, reflecting my own areas of interest. I have twelve years professional experience (a few years previous as a hobbyist) producing graphics for the space sector, and learning the design and operation of spacecraft to make sure we accurately reflect the capabilities of the spacecraft and scenes. Broad and occasionally deep understanding of areas of science, engineering and computer graphics production, with an intuitive feel for animation, composition, timing, texturing, rendering and compositing. Proficient in Lightwave, Modo, Softimage, After Effects, Fusion, Photoshop and other software. I am always learning new software and techniques, to improve the visual and technical quality of my work. My background in image processing techniques, and data handling occasionally come in useful when talking to scientists, and I can generally convert raw data to formats we can visualise and render.