Goonhilly is developing the capability to support the exploration of Lunar and Deep Space for institutions and private enterprise.
Modifying our 32 m and 30 m antennas to be compatible with NASA & ESA’s Deep Space Network allows a cost-effective access to communications and ranging services to beyond GEO (geostationary equatorial orbit) spacecraft. The flexible design to these large antennas allows customer’s proprietary systems to also be supported.
Goonhilly will be leading the world’s first commercial deep space network service to provide necessary additional capacity over and above existing NASA and ESA deep space networks.
As a first step we are upgrading our 32 m Goonhilly 6 antenna.
Goonhilly is pioneering private Deep Space missions. We are launching our own commercial mission to the Moon with partners SSTL and ESA.
In 2020, we plan to launch Lunar Pathfinder 1 with a payload of lunar cubesats. Goonhilly will provide the communications link and mission operations facility. Check out our Missions Section for more information.
A £8.4 million (€9.5 million) investment in Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall, South West England, will help create the world’s first commercial deep-space communications station, capable of tracking future missions to the Moon and Mars.
Under a new project announced today by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Goonhilly will be upgraded to enable it to provide deep-space tracking and satellite communication services on a commercial basis.
It will be the first time the UK has had the capability to communicate directly with deep-space missions. (read more here...)