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11 May 2018

May is a busy month for all at STAR-Dundee. We will be at 3 events: SpaceWire Conference, SEE/MAPLD and DASIA

From 14-18 May we will be at the SpaceWire Conference in Los Angeles.

On Monday the 14th Steve Parkes, our CTO and author of the SpaceFibre standard with inputs from several spacecraft engineers, will be presenting a SpaceFibre tutorial, explaining how the protocol operates and how it can be used to solve many communications problems on-board spacecraft. This tutorial is free for everyone registered for the SpaceWire Conference. More information can be found on the SpaceWire Conference website programme page. 

STAR-Dundee’s CEO, Stuart Mills, will Chair the ‘Missions & Applications’ session from 11:30-12:35 on Tuesday the 15th and STAR-Barcelona Director and R&D Engineer Albert Ferrer Florit will chair the ‘Networks & Protocols’ session from 13:30-15:00 on Wednesday the 16th. 

Employees from STAR-Dundee have contributed to a number of papers which will be presented at the conference. The titles, authors and times are below: 

 Tuesday the 15th: 

  • (51) Stuart Mills, Chris McClements, David Paterson, Pete Scott, Steve Parkes; TESTING OVER ETHERNET WITH THE SPACEWIRE GBE BRICK (10:30-11:00)
  • (56) Albert Ferrer-Florit, Alberto Gonzalez Villafranca, Steve Parkes, Chris McClements;SPACEFIBRE INTERFACE AND ROUTING SWITCH IP CORES (15:25 – 16:15)

Thursday 17th: 

  • (54) Steve Parkes, Ashish Srivastava, Chris McClements, Pete Scott, David Dillon, Albert Ferrer Florit, Alberto Gonzalez Villafranca; SPACEFIBRE CAMERA (9:00-10:15) 
  • (55) Steve Parkes, Pete Scott, David Dillon, Martin Dunstan, Chris McClements, Albert Ferrer Florit, Alberto Gonzalez Villafranca; SPACEVPX-RTG4 BOARD WITH SPACEWIRE OR SPACEFIBRE BACKPLANE (9:00-10:15)
  • (52) Stephen Mudie, David Gibson, Chris McClements, Stuart Mills, Steve Parkes; TESTING SPACEFIBRE EQUIPMENT AND SYSTEMS (15:15-16:30) 
  • (53) Stephen Mudie, David Gibson, Chris McClements, Stuart Mills, Steve Parkes; SPACEWIRE LINK ANALYSER MK3 AND SPACEWIRE RECORDER (15:15-16:30)

Visit the SpaceWire Conference website for the full programme. 

STAR-Dundee will also be exhibiting at the conference. Visit our stand to be one of the first to see demos showcasing three new products: the Link Analyser Mk3, STAR Fire Mk3 and SpaceWire Gigabit Ethernet (GbE Brick) which will soon be relased for sale. 

Registration for the SpaceWire conference is open until the 14th of May - register here: http://2018.spacewire-conference.org/registration/

Featured Image: Electronics Engineer Pete Scott ready to demo at the SpaceWire Conference 2018.  

15 January 2018

Crab Nebula in bright neon colours

Interested in Space Technology? 

Graduated from an Electronic Engineering degree or similar course? 

Then the Optical Communication and Image Processing for Space Applications (OCIPSA) engineering funded studentship with STAR-Dundee, The University of Dundee, Heriot-Watt University and EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics is for you! 

The OCIPSA project will research and develop optical communication technology and image processing technology for space applications. It will explore the use of fibre optics in high-availability SpaceFibre networks, considering lane and link redundancy to provide the high reliability and high availability capabilities required on-board a spacecraft. Experimentation is expected to include the design (in VHDL for FPGAs) of digital communication protocol engines driving fibre optics, the construction of fault tolerant networks, the integration of an image sensor and image processing application, and the overall evaluation of the performance of the fibre optic network in the event of transient, persistent and permanent lane and link failures.

Find out more here: https://www.cdtphotonics.hw.ac.uk/vacancy/2017/optical-communication-and-image-processing-space-applications-ocipsa 

Find out how to apply here: https://www.cdtphotonics.hw.ac.uk/apply.html 

The featured image shows the Crab Nebula in bright neon colours. The unusual image was produced by combining data from telescopes spanning nearly the entire electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves to X-rays. Find out more here: http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages Copyright: NASA, ESA, G. Dubner (IAFE, CONICET-University of Buenos Aires) et al.; A. Loll et al.; T. Temim et al.; F. Seward et al.; VLA/NRAO/AUI/NSF; Chandra/CXC; Spitzer/JPL-Caltech; XMM-Newton/ESA; and Hubble/STScI, CC BY 4.0

11 December 2017

 

Christmas has arrived at STAR-Dundee! The tree is up, the party is planned and everyone is feeling in the festive spirit. 

This year we have lots to celebrate, we turned 15 years old, transformed into an employee owned company, were awarded Courier Design and Innovation Business of the Year and opened a subsidiary company STAR-Barcelona, not to mention all of the products we have improved and customers we have supported! 

Our dedicated staff have been working very hard on lots of exciting projects while answering support questions, processing sales and packaging products for the last delivery slot before Christmas.  

During this period it is very important to use the below forms or include the enquiries, sales or support emails in correspondence with STAR-Dundee. Doing so will ensure the best available person is able to answer your questions. 

Log general enquiries here: https://www.star-dundee.com/contact

Request a quote from here: https://www.star-dundee.com/pricing-enquiry

Ask for technical support here: https://www.star-dundee.com/request-technical-support

We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible and are always happy to help. 

Please note between the 21st of December and the 2nd of January, responses may be slower than usual due to winter holidays.

We hope you all enjoy the festive season and look forward to working with you in 2018! 

The featured image shows some of the team in front of our STAR-Dundee themed Christmas tree, with its very own STAR-Dundee logo topper. 

5 December 2017

Did you know we have an office in Barcelona? 

In 2012, Albert and Alberto, two of our employees, wanted to return to Barcelona having worked in Dundee for some time (Albert holds a PhD from the University of Dundee). STAR-Dundee is a very employee-focused company and was happy for Albert and Alberto to return to Barcelona and continue their work for STAR-Dundee from a different country. We now have three employees in Barcelona, and we intend to increase this number soon! 

This year STAR-Dundee became an employee owned company and, alongside managerial changes, on the 1st of November 2017, Space Technology and Applied Research Barcelona (STAR-Barcelona) was born. STAR-Barcelona is now a subsidiary company of STAR-Dundee.

STAR-Barcelona are soon set to expand, keep an eye out for future opportunities within the team!

The featured image shows our founder and previous CEO (now CTO) Steve Parkes in the process of signing the STAR-Barcelona subsidiary agreement 

21 November 2017

The filming of our Video

On the 18th of May 2017 STAR-Dundee took part in Microsemi Space Forum’s North American Online Event.  As a partner of the Space Forum, STAR-Dundee created a video demonstrating SpaceWire and SpaceFibre for the Microsemi RTG4. 

Watch the video here: 

Microsemi Space Forum partner videos including STAR-Dundee’s were aired between 9:30-10:00, 11:15-12:15, and 14:00-14:30 (PST) on the 18th of May.

For more information and the agenda from the event please see Microsemi’s website: https://www.microsemi.com/spaceforum/space-forum#agenda 

STAR-Dundee also exhibited at Microsemi Space Forum, Europe in Noordwijk, Netherlands, on the 20th of June and Microsemi Space Forum, India at The Leela Palace, Bangalore on the 25th of July and Courtyard Marriott Ahmedabad, India on the 27th of July.

The featured image shows Dylan Drummond from Son of The Sea filming STAR-Dundee Electronics Engineer Pete. 

 

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