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The University of Surrey is a world leader in the design, construction and operation of micro-satellites. Recent technological advances have made it possible to construct even smaller satellites, at an order of magnitude less cost. These “nano-satellites” open up many new possibilities for space exploration including the deployment of constellations or “swarms” of spacecraft for high spatial and temporal resolution monitoring of the Earth. This provides the opportunity of carrying out cost-effective pervasive monitoring from orbit for environmental, defence and security purposes. This presentation discusses these developments, focusing on the results of the Disaster Monitoring Constellation and SNAP-1 missions.