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Dundee Satellite Receiving Station

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             “We are the Weather Station for the Nation and the World, help us keep it that way!”
                                                                                                 @DundeeSat

NEWSFLASH! The fantastic British Interplanetary Society has given us a VIP ticket to the Road to Apollo 11: 50th Anniversary Gala. This event takes place on 13th July 2019 in the iconic Air Force One Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, USA. As such, the DSRS has decided that one of our donors will be selected and notified on 12th June to go to California and be OUR representative to meet Buzz Aldrin, other Apollo astronauts and actor Gary Sinise of "Apollo 13". Help us make HISTORY and YOU can meet HISTORY! For more about the British Interplanetary Society and their contribution, go to: https://www.bis-space.com/2019/05/10/22227/road-to-apollo-11-50th-anniversary-landing-on-the-moon-gala-ticket-competition

I'm Neil Lonie, the Station Manager for the Dundee Satellite Receiving Station (DSRS), which has downloaded and stored images of the Earth from space for 50 years. Built in the days of the “Space Race” by keen students and faculty members, the DSRS is one of the UK’s longest-running and most successful space missions. Building on a heritage laid down by Sir Watson-Watt, the father of RADAR, himself a Dundee graduate, DSRS has provided freely accessible imagery over its lifespan and last year over 7 million images were downloaded for free.

The DSRS is the only satellite receiving station of its kind operating in the UK. Over the years the station has captured many iconic images from space including the Fastnet yacht race storm of 1979, the Buncefield oil depot fire in 2005, volcanic eruptions in Iceland and at Mount Etna, hurricanes, tropical cyclones, wild fires and the severe winter conditions of 2010-11, which provided such stunning images of snow-covered UK and Ireland. DSRS data supports the work of hundreds of scientists and operational services around the world, including those monitoring weather patterns and how these are being affected by climate change. Moreover, a vast number of public users benefit from the facilities including teachers, students and individuals with an interest in weather, while information from our data is used to support agriculture and fisheries in poorer parts of the world. Pilots, sailors, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts also use the imagery of the DSRS to help them plan and safely enjoy their pursuits – the DSRS says, “Weather affects everyone, our data is free, but we need help to keep it that way!”

To date, the DSRS has received public funding to provide this invaluable service. However, on 1st April 2019, this funding was stopped and there is no plan for an equivalent service. We are now seeking alternative financial backing to not only continue the operations, but to launch the next weather-climate “mission”. We see this as an opportunity to "reboot" the Station and engage yet more with the public, while we continue to work with, and support, the efforts of climate change scientists in the UK and worldwide. We are now seeking funding to:

1.       Continue collection operations using the experienced staff to extend the 40+ year unbroken record of environmental data.

2.       Upgrade existing infrastructure and extend capability to acquire data from new and more sophisticated satellites, thus launching the DSRS onto its next mission, “The Mission to Planet Earth II”, honouring the original NASA mission of the late 1990s.

3.       Improve the website and enhance public ease of access and use, strengthen the our international educational and outreach focus, and become mobile-friendly with equivalent facilities available “on the move” to make our data even more accessible.

4.       Guarantee the existence of a civilian facility that has a philosophy of free information for everyone around the world when it comes to weather.

5.       All funds raised will be specifically for the DSRS operating fund and used to pay for the objectives listed above.

6.       Any funds raised will be withdrawn and presented to a specific DSRS account maintained by the Univ. of Dundee, Scotland, a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.

Visit: http://www.sat.dundee.ac.uk/ or http://www.sat.dundee.ac.uk/future.php

Feature article from “Spaceflight” magazine, Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, June 2019

http://www.sat.dundee.ac.uk/Spaceflight%20vol.61%20no.6%202019-06%20pages%2002-05%20190422rev02.pdf

http://www.sat.dundee.ac.uk/Spaceflight%20vol.61%20no.6%202019-06%20cover%200001%20140924.pdf


What's the official theme song of the DSRS? "Love Train" by the The O'Jays: https://youtu.be/I_bB-kjGAhc
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Hi All, once again SO many thanks to all who have donated so our crowdfunding campaign to raise money to "reboot" the station into the future! Its a big mountain to climb, but worth it! We're slowing in donations, so PLEASE pass us along to friends and colleagues who cherish and need the weather and climate information that we provide. Your help will allow to buy new types of antennae and other equipment to keep us cutting edge! Thanks from the DSRS crew!
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Thanks again to all the wonderful people who have got us up and over £6,000 pounds now - WOW! Please share and tweet to anyone you think can help - our immediate goal is £10k - at that point the University really begins to sit up an take notice - also we desperately need media attention via newspaper and television - any help is so appreciated! Again, thank YOU for your support!
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Hi All who have supported us so far! Many, many thanks and please do pass us along to anyone you think can help - we are mightily short-handed and thank the BIS in particular for now leaning in on this!
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