The University was part of the University of St Andrews for 70 years before it became an independent institution, the University of Dundee in 1967. It comprises nine multi-disciplinary schools, the School of Computing being of particular interest to this study since it includes the Space Technology Centre (STC) in a purpose-designed laboratory and office accommodation which includes an electronic workshop. It has appropriate resources for the development of hardware and software for space applications as well as dedicated PC and Unix workstations and Unix-based servers. The Space Technology Centre conducts internationally leading research into several areas of space technology: spacecraft on-board data- handling, planetary lander technology and satellite data reception. In addition, research is also done on system on chip and software development tools. It has had a major influence on the design of spacecraft on-board data-handling and processing systems. Specifically, it led the development of the SpaceWire standard for ESA, which has now been widely adopted by the world’s space agencies and is being used on many space missions. These SpaceWire developments led to the launch in 2002 of a spin-out company, STAR-Dundee Ltd to commercialise the group's world-leading SpaceWire technology and experience.
The University has comprehensive vision-based spacecraft guidance and navigation control systems and an important satellite receiving station as summarised below.
The University’s Space Technology Centre has particular expertise and facilities to support research and development of on-board data-handling (OBDH) systems, planetary lander technology and EO satellite data reception. It is happy to work with external customers under suitable commercial arrangements.