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The Space Technology Centre at the University of Dundee is once again proud to be sponsoring the International SpaceWire Conference. This year's conference will be held in San Antonio, TX, USA from the 8 - 10 November 2011. Abstract submissions are now being invited and further details can be found on the 2011 conference website.
Staff from the Space Technology Centre recently attended the 10th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence Robotics and Automation for Space (i-SAIRAS), which was held from 29 August - 1 September 2010 in Sapporo, Japan. Mark McCrum presented a paper entitled 'Mars Visual Simulation for Exomars Navigation Algorithm Validation' at the conference.
The conference is held every two years and is jointly organised by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA-ASC), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), ESA, JAXA and NASA.
Staff at the Space Technology Centre joined over 150 delegates at the House of Scientists in St. Petersburg for the 3rd International SpaceWire Conference.
Dr. Steve Parkes presented two papers on behalf on the Space Technology Centre, entitled 'SpaceFibre' and 'SpaceWire-D:Deterministic Data Delivery with SpaceWire', whilst Albert Ferrer, a PhD student at the Space Technology Centre, presented a paper on 'SpaceWire-D Prototyping'.
Staff from the University of Dundee's Space Technology Centre have recently returned from the 4th International Conference on Astrodynamics, Tools and Techniques (ICATT).
Dr. Martin Dunstan, Dr. Nick Rowell and Dr. Steve Parkes attended the conference at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Madrid, Spain. Martin presented the paper 'PANGU: Planet and Asteroid Natural Scene Generation Utility'.
For the first time, The University of Dundee will host the Robert Cormack Bequest Meeting on Scottish Astronomy. This annual one-day conference aims to bring together Astronomers, Space Scientists and those with an interest in astronomy from across Scotland to present work and to view a broad selection of current happenings in Scottish astronomy. The meeting focuses primarily on research but also includes teaching and outreach work.
The PANGU enhancement project funded by ESA kicked off today. The 15 month project will extend the Lunar and Martian surface generation and rendering facilities of PANGU, improve the illumination, dust and sky rendering facilities, and prototype surface rover vehicle support facilities.
Staff from the Space Technology Centre answered questions on Space Exploration from Blairgowrie High School pupils in a live web chat session. Five pupils participated in a discussion that ranged from what astronauts eat in space, to the prospects of finding life on other planets, to what kind of cheese the moon is made of. All the participants enjoyed the exchange, which is the latest in a number of activities with Blairgowrie High including pupil visits to both the Space Systems Research Lab and the Satellite Receiving Station.
The University of Dundee had the honour of hosting the first International SpaceWire Conference, from 17 to 19 September 2007. The conference was organised by the Space Technology Centre, where the SpaceWire standard was written, in collaboration with the European Space Agency. Delegates attended from across the globe with representatives from the major space agencies and industry.
The Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation (CEOI) is a new initiative jointly funded by NERC and the DIUS (formerly DTI). The aim of CEOI is to provide an excellent, internationally competitive Earth obsevation instrument and instrument technology research and development programme. Steve Parkes has been appointed to the CEOI steering committee.
The Space Technology Centre has won funding from Astrium SAS as part of the European Space Agency (ESA) HARVD study.
HARVD (High-integrity, Autonomous, multi-range RendezVous & Docking) aims to develop a European capability for autonomous orbital rendezvous and docking. It is intended that computer vision techniques will be used during the rendezvous process.