Dundee Satellite Station Ltd


Dundee Satellite Station Ltd is setting up new premises at Errol and will be offering a range of services to the UK and International Space sector including reception and transmitting facilities in VHF, UHF, L-band, S-band, X-band and Ku-band as well as a range of consultancy services around this from RF through to data processing software, and integration to existing systems. We can provide quality support from your initial design phase looking at comms options and link budgets, through to "premium" ground station support (e.g. signal analysis and recording, orbit determination, etc) during critical phases such as LEOP or following anomalous behaviour, and on to cost-effective routine operations for data up and down links.

In addition to these spacecraft-operation support services we will be receiving Earth Observation data in real-time with a view to supporting both time-sensitive commercial applications as well as providing a broad range of archive data access for research and general public interest purposes.

Further down the line we are already in discussion with other organisations with a view to providing an integrated service offering greater geographic coverage over more of Europe and with additional benefit of multiple-site resilience.

Email address is: contact [at] DundeeSat.co.uk (other details will follow soon).



Background

Dundee Satellite Station Ltd was formed in July 2019 by two of the former staff of the Dundee Satellite Receiving Station (DSRS) at the University of Dundee when it was closed following the withdrawal of NERC funding after over 40 years of operations.

The story behind this was covered well by The Register in these articles:
Over 40 years of service axed for the sake of £338,000
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
Jodrell Bank goes full UNESCO while Dundee awaits the decomissioners

Also very well covered in Spaceflight magazine Vol.61 No.6


Looking Forward

Subsequently we reached an agreement with the University to acquire the assets of the receiving station. The intention is to set up a new site near Dundee to continue providing support to small satellite operators and to the vast community of former users of DSRS with the collection of Earth Observation data.

The former staff of the DSRS are deeply grateful to all of the people and organisations that have supported us over the years. More recently we are especially indebted to those who have contributed to the GoFundMe campaign to maintain public access to the Earth Observation data as well as those who have provided time, advice, and letters of support that have made any progress possible.

We are now making some progress towards our ambition of a new and better facility and we hope to have a planning application for the new site submitted very soon. We are also grateful for the professional support of Keir + Co in the application process.

This web site, and the bigger task of resurrecting what was Scotland's only significant ground station, are still very much "work in progress" so please be patient with us!



About Us

Neil Lonie and Paul Crawford worked at DSRS for 30 years prior to the creation of Dundee Satellite Station Ltd and have considerable experience in the design, construction, and operations of satellite ground stations. Over that period we and our former colleagues built not just the DSRS facility, but numerous other systems for other organisations world-wide for environments as diverse as Antarctica (both British and Italian Antarctic research facilities) thorough to Egypt (Food and Agriculture Organisation project). In addition we have supported various research and development projects for organisations such as ESA, Eumetsat, NASA and NOAA.

An example of one of the four Dundee tracking antennas that we plan on using at the new site is shown below:

Dundee 3.7m tracking antenna for X-band

An example of an Earth Observation image that we received at DSRS (part of a larger image made famous by the newspaper coverage) is shown here, with the centre of the image being roughly where the planned new site is located:

Scotland covered in snow



Last updated 10 Nov 2019