Goonhilly and SSTL are teaming up with ESA to create the world's first commercial deep space mission. We plan to carry customer payload in the form of cube-sats into lunar orbit and provide the relay link back to Earth via Goonhilly. Our first mission will have a payload capacity of 80kg and we will charge £1m per each kg launched. The mission is a joint-venture between GES Ltd and SSTL.
Once in orbit, our spacecraft will be able to provide relay communications for other lunar missions. We plan follow-on missions again to the moon and also to Mars or other locations as required.
Our plan is to take a payload of scientific research nano-satellites as our paying customers into lunar orbit then provide the communications link back to earth. The nano-satellites will use the standard cubesat format and will be provided with a CCSDS-compliant radio communications card which will communicate via the SSTL relay satellite in lunar orbit.