Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd

Goonhilly Earth Station

Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd. is a global communications services provider which owns and operates the world-renowned Goonhilly satellite station located in Cornwall, UK.

It provides a comprehensive range of connectivity and operational solutions to the space industry, GEO, MEO and LEO satellite fleet operators, broadcasters, as well as enterprises seeking to grow their businesses on Earth and in near and deep space.

The company

The company operates deep space communications services from Goonhilly and is currently adding further deep space ground stations in other locations around the world, leading to a private global network to support this rapidly growing space exploration market.

The company works closely and has Cooperation Agreements with some of the World’s major Space Agencies and is prominent on their key technical committees. In addition, the company actively works with a number of UK and overseas Universities in key technology areas.

Goonhilly supporting missions

Supporting Missions

Goonhilly is currently supporting missions orbiting Mars as well as at the Lagrange Point L2 where the JWST James Webb Space Telescope is shortly to commence operations.

What is Goonhilly apart of?

Goonhilly is also part of a number of upcoming Lunar missions. These include those of Intuitive Machines and ESA with others in the pipeline.

Goonhilly is at the forefront of communications technology, an example being its involvement of using coherent laser communications for satellite and Lunar missions as exemplified here.

Capability and Focus

Customers include SES, Intelsat, Eutelsat and Inmarsat, as well as space agencies, governments, broadcasters and others. Since 2014 the partners in Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd. have been focused on building the company and investing to create a state-of-the-art global communications nexus.

The company works closely and has Cooperation Agreements with some of the World’s major Space Agencies and is prominent on their key technical committees. In addition, the company actively works with a number of UK and overseas Universities in key technology areas.

Goonhilly is creating the world’s first private deep space network.

In June 2021 the company became an official part of the European Space Agency (ESA) deep space tracking network, employing the completely refurbished GHY-6 32metre antenna. In addition Goonhilly has upgraded a 30m Antenna GHY-3 and is using its own cryogenically-cooled low noise receivers, developed in partnership with Oxford University, to further enhance capability.

Goonhilly is now supporting missions orbiting Mars as well as at the Lagrange Point L2 where the JWST James Webb Space Telescope is shortly to commence operations.

Goonhilly is also part of a number of upcoming Lunar missions. These include those of Intuitive Machines and ESA with others in the pipeline.

The company is actively establishing deep space ground stations in other locations around the world, leading to a private global network to support this rapidly growing space exploration market.

World-class satellite capacity

The Goonhilly site has world-class satellite capacity spanning 75° West to 65° East. This is complemented by connections with bundles of subsea cables and fibre, and its new multi-million-pound datacentre as depicted here.

Thanks to the diversity of Goonhilly’s infrastructure and its independence, Goonhilly’s agile approach to developing and delivering solutions is challenging traditional industry models.

Since having secured £32 million in funding and contract wins in 2018, Goonhilly has been expanding its technology and service capabilities, and adding specialist transmission capabilities required by space users. These include the opening of an R&D centre at its Farnborough site focusing on innovations in software defined radio, active phased array antennas and user terminals. These are particularly important to support IP delivery using low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites.

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