We are involved in leading research that includes data handling onboard of spacecraft, planetary lander technology, and satellite data reception. We also conduct research surrounding system on chip and software development tools.

We are involved in the research, development and validation of the Planet and Asteroid Natural scene Generation Utility (PANGU) simulation tool to support navigation of space missions. This is particularly important for missions that use computer vision to land on asteroids, moons and planets. PANGU is used to support many European Space Agency studies including the vision-based navigation system for the ExoMars rover.

We are involved in the creation of technical standards that are used on a global (interplanetary) scale. We are currently involved in the European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS) SpaceFibre standard which will be implemented in future space missions. We collaborate on this standard with international spacecraft engineers and have seen it already implemented on several future chip designs.

We run the Dundee Satellite Receiving Station and maintain an archive of images from NOAA, SeaStar, Terra and Aqua polar orbiting satellite. The vision for the SRS is to continue its internationally recognised work and to integrate our ongoing research activities to support the teaching of subjects within the School of Science and Engineering.

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Academic lead

Professor Steve Parkes

Chair of Spacecraft Electronic Systems

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Core academic staff