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Dundee Satellite Receiving Station

£9,601 of £65,000 goal

Raised by 247 people in 2 months
Created May 6, 2019
     “We are the Weather Station for the Nation and the World, help us keep it that way!”
                                                                                 @DundeeSat


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 Univ. of 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!”

The University students and faculty funded the station from its inception in the late 1960’s Space Race, and its’ momentous Apollo 11 Moon Landing, until 1978. From 1978 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 support the efforts of climate change scientists in the UK and worldwide. We are now seeking and initial target funding of £65,00 to:

1.       To create financial independence from the Univ. of Dundee, so that the DSRS Site remains fully operational with key staff. Longer term funding will develop but we need time to transition the station and succeed.

2.       We will continue satellite data collection operations using the experienced staff to extend the 40+ year unbroken record of environmental data.

3.       We will upgrade or move 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.

4.       We will create a new 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 to our "fan base.

5.       Guarantee the existence of a civilian facility that has a philosophy of free information, if at all possible, for everyone around the world when it comes to weather, while we use our spare capacity to generate income from commercial satellite clients.

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

7.       Any funds raised will be withdrawn and presented to an account maintained by Dr. Gary McKay for The Friends of the DSRS (affiliated with the Univ of Dundee, a charity recognized in Scotland).

8.      We support the British Interplanetary Society and Dr. Robert "Buzz" Aldrin's "Human Spaceflight Institute."

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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We try not to do too many updates, but here we are on the upside of £9.5k now, bearing down on our intermediate goal of £10k...then onwards and upwards to our goal of £65k ( our sat com wizard is beginning to believe we may get his dream antenna!). Meanwhile, stay tuned as post-Apollo 11 50th Landing on the Moon Day, when everyone is in the "now what to look forward?!", we are stepping it up with some more amazing donor opportunities and media! Please share our effort and tweet/insta/email your fav weather forecaster about us! @dundeesat
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A quick update! As we've eked through the £9.3k mark in our goal of reaching £65k, we'd like to really thank one and all for your kind donations. On our Twitter site (@dundeesat) we've picked up amazing followers like Mark Hammill, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soul-band, The Ojays. Great press assistance from the Courier of Dundee, and the tech paper, "The Register" - and too many more. Last but not least, our "honorary crewperson" lands in California shortly, prepping for his black-tie mission to meet Buzz Aldrin - and the other living Apollo moonwalkers for the 50th Anniversary Gala of Landing on the Moon! You'll get the INSIDE gossip as he's sitting at the VIP table with Buzz and "the big boys" - so there'll be pics and info as soon as we can post on the Twitter site, and here. More importantly, potentially exciting news shortly (we hope) - so stay tuned, spread the word, as we are aiming upwards to our altitude of £65 k - and special thanks again to the British Interplanetary Society, fly on over and JOIN! The DSRS crew.
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Hip-hip-hoorah! for Gerard Boon who just took our crowdfunding to the £9000 mark - now onto £10k and we can begin to dare to dream about the new kit we can buy to upgrade our technology - please share us and our Twitter account @dundeesat - thanks again! DSRS crew
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Update...to our update! If you are trying to access the DSRS website right now, please be aware that - ironically - extreme weather at the University has caused power outages and other mischievous IT issues - so we are temporarily out of action until we do a full systems check, so do please bear with us til Monday afternoon - possibly earlier! Many thanks!
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