Published on 25 May 2020

STAR-Dundee are an engineering space company focussed on spacecraft onboard data-handling technology

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“We’re very grateful for the assistance provided by the University of Dundee when establishing STAR-Dundee. The University’s initial guidance helped us to grow to be a very successful internationally renowned organization, without taking on any external funding.”

Stuart Mills, CEO, STAR-DUNDEE

STAR-Dundee delivers a comprehensive range of test and development equipment chip designs and IP cores to the world’s space agencies and international aerospace industry.  They are world-leading experts in SpaceWire and SpaceFibre technology and their customers include many blue-chip companies across the world including ESA and NASA.

Started in 2002, the company was born out of the Space Technology Centre at the University of Dundee. The founders saw an opportunity to commercialise the technology they were developing from research and developing contributing to the writing of the SpaceWire standard which was being carried out by University of Dundee for the European Space Agency.
They are based in Dundee and have 25 employees. STAR-Dundee has taken on no external investment and has grown organically, using profits to fund growth. It is an employee-owned company with 55% being owned by an employee ownership trust.

“STAR-Dundee’s main priorities when considering its succession options were to secure and strengthen the business, both in terms of its culture and success, and also to ensure the business remains rooted in Dundee. All of these objectives have been achieved through employee ownership as well as making sure the staff all have a meaningful stake in their company and its future success.”

Sarah Deas, Director, Co-operative Development Scotland


Nicola Madill

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