The Goonhilly Earth Station will destine to be a tool for future lunar missions as the United Kingdom and the United States both signed a statement of intent which offers the UK’s commercial satellite communication and navigation services to the lunar missions of the National Aerospace and Space Administration (NASA).
The Goonhilly Earth Station was already affiliated with NASA during the historic Apollo 11 mission in July 1969. The main satellite of the station named ’Arthur’ helped pave the way for astronaut images to reach televisions around the globe.
Since then, the space station has been tracking and monitoring different spacecraft of the world’s largest satellite operators.
In 2014, the site was bought from BT to be the first private operator in global deep space communication. The station also won an £8.4 million partnership with the European Space Agency and another £24 million investment from the UK billionaire Peter Hargreaves to aid in the site’s expansion for future lunar missions.
A long-term partnership was built by Goonhilly, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), and Astrobotic to innovate technologies for different lunar missions of different organizations. The partnership of the trio was formalized at the 34th space symposium in Colorado Springs.
One of the world-leading American lunar logistics companies Astrobotic aims to launch unmanned payload flights regularly to the moon by 2020; the payloads are from companies, the Government, universities, and Non-Profit Organizations. The logistics company also requires more advanced communication technologies to aid in their goal to reach the far side of the moon.
Last July, the Apollo 50 festival was held at Goonhilly to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Workshops, film screenings, and bands such as the Public Service Broadcast, and Orbital performed in the festival.
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