Steller Systems Wins Judges’ Favourite at 2018 QinetiQ Industry Powerboat Challenge

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Steller Systems’ team has won the Judges’ Favourite award at the 2018 QinetiQ Industry Powerboat Challenge.

Congratulations to our team of graduate naval architects, who designed an innovative model powerboat, manufactured it using our in-house 3D printing capability, and raced it against 11 other teams from across industry in challenging conditions in QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin facility.

Many thanks to QinetiQ for organising another great Powerboat Challenge!


Steller Systems to Compete at 2018 QinetiQ Industry Powerboat Challenge

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Steller Systems will be competing at the QinetiQ Industry Powerboat Challenge on 9th February 2018.

Participating teams are required to design and build an innovative model powerboat within defined constraints.  The event culminates in a series of races around a challenging course at QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin facility in Haslar; the extreme waves and challenging competition requires the designs to be fast, agile, controllable and survivable!

Steller Systems’ entry has been designed by our graduate naval architects and manufactured using Steller Systems’ in-house 3D printing capability.

The event is organised and hosted annually by QinetiQ, and provides an excellent and fun opportunity for members of the marine industry to network in an informal setting.

Best of luck to all the teams competing!

Steller Systems is Recruiting

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Steller Systems is recruiting!  Due to increasing demand for our services, we are looking for Naval Architects and Senior Naval Architects to join our multi-disciplinary team of naval architects, marine engineers, systems engineers and structural engineers.  Steller Systems is a fast-growing consultancy that can offer a varied, rewarding career for motivated individuals who relish a challenge.  We are looking for team players with strong technical skills and an ability to communicate clearly.

In addition to the roles above, we are always keen to hear from talented naval architects, marine engineers and systems engineers; please see our Careers page for more details.

Steller Systems Supports DESG Graduate Scheme

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

This week Steller Systems says goodbye to MOD graduate Jamie Wright, who has been working with us for the last six months on a placement as part of the Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) Graduate Scheme.  During his time with us, Jamie has worked on, and gained experience of, a variety of projects.  These include helping to assess a Royal Navy vessel against the IMO Polar Code, conducting structural analysis and calculations for a foreign vessel, producing design documentation for ship modifications, conducting ship visits and, most recently, helping to design and build Steller Systems’ entry for the QinetiQ Industry Powerboat Challenge.  He has also co-authored and presented an entry to the IMarEST/RINA Western Joint Branch Design Challenge and is currently co-authoring a paper with Steller Systems’ staff for presentation later this year at the INEC 2018 conference.

The placement is part of a reciprocal arrangement with MOD, which has seen one of Steller Systems’ graduates conducting a placement in the MOD’s Naval Authority Group (NAG).

The whole team has really enjoyed working with Jamie.  We wish him the best of luck with his next placement and look forward to working with him in the future.

Steller Systems Competing in IMarEST/RINA Western Joint Branch Design Challenge 2017

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Two of Steller Systems’ naval architects are competing in the IMarEST / RINA Design Challenge 2017 this evening.

The challenge, which is run by the Western Joint Branch (a joint branch of RINA and IMarEST), is to design a life boat capable of rescuing up to 1,000 people from the sea at once.  The team has designed an innovative, rapidly-expandable high-capacity lifeboat which is capable of accommodating 1,000 people but which can be deployed and retrieved using existing lifeboat davits.

Steller Systems’ team comprises two of our Graduates:  George Payne, a Graduate Naval Architect, and James Wright, an Engineering Graduate in the MOD who is part-way through a six-month placement at Steller Systems as part of the MOD’s Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) Graduate Scheme.

We wish the team the best of luck!

Steller Systems Hosts First Sea Lord at DSEI 2017

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Steller Systems was pleased to welcome the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sir Philip Jones and the Second Sea Lord and Deputy Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Simon Woodcock to its stand at DSEI on 12th and 13th September 2017.  Other distinguished guests included the Head of the Navy Capability Shipbuilding Strategy Commodore John MacDonald and DE&S Director of Ship Acquisition Henry Parker.

The First Sea Lord and Steller Systems’ Managing Director Rob Skarda held broad-ranging discussions, including about Steller Systems’ innovative design for Type 31e, SPARTAN.  SPARTAN is a configurable, modular, survivable, affordable and exportable ship that has been designed to meet or exceed the Royal Navy’s current and future requirements for a General Purpose Frigate, and satisfy the export market’s need for a small, capable warship.

The visit was one of many highlights of Steller Systems’ week exhibiting at the world’s leading defence and security event at ExCeL in London.

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Meet Steller Systems at DSEI 2017

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Steller Systems is currently exhibiting at DSEI 2017, the world-leading defence and security event taking place from now until the 15th September at ExCeL in London.  We would like to invite you to visit us on stand S10-200, near entrance S10 of the south hall.

On display is Steller Systems’ innovative light frigate design for Type 31e, Project SpartanSpartan is a configurable, modular, survivable and affordable design that has been developed for both the Royal Navy and export markets.

The event brings together the global defence and security sector to innovate and share knowledge.  This year the event is expected to host over 1,600 exhibitors from the air, land, naval, security and joint sectors and will attract an audience of over 34,000.


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Steller Systems Exhibiting at DSEI 2017

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Steller Systems is pleased to announce that it is exhibiting at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017.  DSEI is the world’s largest defence and security trade show, held at ExCeL London from the 12th – 15th September 2017.

We look forward to welcoming current and future customers and partners at stand S10-200 near the MOD and DIT Lounge.

DSEI 2017

Steller Systems and the Enterprise Technical Alliance Awarded Places on FATS/5

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Steller Systems is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a place on the Multi-Participant Framework Agreement for Technical Support (FATS/5) for its maritime engineering capability.  The framework allows DE&S, Dstl, central MOD and other government departments to contract technical support through a mini-competition amongst pre-qualified suppliers.  The framework covers research-based technical studies as well as project-based technical and engineering support and consultancy.  Being part of this framework allows Steller Systems’ existing and new customers to gain easy access to high-quality, pragmatic, technical support.

In addition, Steller Systems is pleased to announce that it is a member of the Enterprise Technical Alliance, TP Group plc’s specialised group of both Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Subject Matter Experts that has been awarded a place on FATS/5.  This covers a broad range of technical areas and will provide the MOD the most efficient access to industry Suitably Qualified and Experienced Personnel (SQEP) with tailored governance and a minimum of bureaucracy.

Steller Systems Transitions to ISO9001:2015

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Steller Systems is pleased to announce that it has successfully transitioned its Quality Management System to ISO9001:2015.  This standard is recognised worldwide as a benchmark for quality.  The new 2015 version of the standard places greater emphasis on risk-based thinking and on management commitment to quality throughout the business.

Steller Systems operates a comprehensive Quality Management System that focusses on effective project management, stringent quality control, continual improvement and customer satisfaction.  The awarding of this standard recognises Steller Systems’ commitment to providing an exceptional level of service to its customers.

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