History of Dundee Satellite Station Ltd
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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
40 years of service axed for the sake of £338,000
defeat from the jaws of victory
Bank goes full UNESCO while Dundee awaits the decomissioners
Also very well covered in
Spaceflight magazine Vol.61 No.6
The old station web site is partially preserved by the wayback machine, as seen here
Subsequently we reached an agreement with the University to acquire
the assets of the receiving station with the intention 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 good progress towards our ambition of a new and
better facility. Our planning application for the new site was granted in
Feb 2020 and work started end of May 2020 (delayed by the COVID-19 lock-down).
We are also grateful for the professional support of Keir + Co in
the application process.
More recently we have some good news to report on
how the Dundee
Satellite Receiving Station might rise once more
Our plans are also covered in the GEO newsletter on page 19, available here:
GEO Newsletter No.65 - March 2020 (13.5MB PDF document)
A progress update on our plans was covered in the GEO newsletter on page 10, available here:
GEO Newsletter No.67 - September 2020 (11.5MB PDF document)
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 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
new site is located:
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