When it comes to the world’s great space centres you might think of Cape Canaveral in Florida or the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan, but you probably wouldn’t think of Guildford, a town in the southeast of Britain.

Yet it’s here that scientists have revolutionised the space business, in developing small and micro satellites.

The man responsible for all this is Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, head of Surrey Satellite Technology, a commercial company based in a modest redbrick building on the university campus.