Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd is the company that acquired the famous Goonhilly satellite station from BT in 2014. Founded by entrepreneur and satellite communications engineer, Ian Jones, the company was formed in order to realise the huge potential at the site. With a vision to create a multi-faceted space hub, Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd is forging ahead in a number of commercial and scientific endeavours.
The team at GES Ltd have achieved significant, rapid success not only winning contracts with the world's major satellite operators, but also supporting 9 universities, establishing the Sat Apps Catapult Regional Centre of Excellence for the South West (with Exeter University), helping to form an exciting games development company (Stormtide) with Falmouth University, being awarded Enterprise Zone status by the UK government, establishing the fastest commercial data connectivity in the south west of the UK with 100GBit/s connections available, partnering with QinetiQ, Eutelsat, SSTL and ESA and launching the world's first commercial deep space communications service.
Goonhilly is one of the most recognised names in the Space Industry. It’s famous throughout the world for being one of three earth stations involved in the first trans-Atlantic TV transmission (via Telstar) in 1962. It was present at the birth of Intelsat, Eutelsat and Inmarsat as well as the birth of the Internet as networks on the East and West coasts of USA were linked to Europe.
Goonhilly beamed the Moon landings to millions of viewers in 1969, Live-Aid in 1985, it took part in almost every major satellite communication development becoming the UK’s main route for international telephone calls via satellite, and it was the largest ground station for the INMARSAT network. As well as these astonishing firsts, Goonhilly was one of the main drivers of the new commercial economy of space communications opening up a gateway between the new satellite operators and the international telephone, TV and data networks.
Goonhilly is synonymous with innovative British engineering and technological skills and for being at the heart of the satellite communications industry. Now, under the private ownership of Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd (GES Ltd), it continues to expand its commercial satellite communication service portfolio and is leading the way on private sector deep space communications.
Through GES Ltd, Goonhilly has received a major private capital investment programme, and this has recently been backed by UK Government support: GES Ltd has been given “Enterprise Zone” status – the government’s flagship programme for technology parks which will bring significant additional capital investment and offer benefits to incoming customers.
GES Ltd is winning new commercial business and providing services to all of the major satellite operators as well as providing a diverse portfolio of space communication and data related services to a broad customer base.
At GES Ltd, we welcome partnerships and collaborations and we are motivated to find the best solutions for all of our customers.