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 IS a large radiocommunication site located on Goonhilly Downs near Helston

 on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall, England, which is now owned by  

 Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd under a 999-year lease from BT Group plc.

 [IT] was at one time the largest satellite earth station in the world, with

 more than 25 communications dishes in use and over 60 in total. Its

 first dish, Antenna One (dubbed "Arthur"), was built in 1962 to link

 with Telstar. It was the first open parabolic design and is 25.9 metres

 (85 feet) in diameter and weighs 1,118 tonnes.

 After Centre de télécommunication par satellite de Pleumeur-Bodou 

 (Brittany) • which received the first live transatlantic television

 broadcasts from the United States via the Telstar satellite at 0H47 GMT

 on July 11, 1962 • Arthur received it's first video in the middle of the

 same day.

 [IT] IS now a Grade II listed structure and is therefore protected.

 The site also links into undersea cable lines and has also played

 a key role in communications events such as the Muhammad Ali

 fights, the Olympic Games, the Apollo 11 Moon landing, and

 Bob Geldof's 1985's Live Aid concert.

 My soul-mate Linnie’s father Ronald Arthur Yardley, who built his
 own Colour Television Receiver • in a kitchen cupboard under the stairs
 of their semi-detached house in Borehamwood • well in advance of the
 first TEST COLOUR TRANSMISSIONS from the BBC • had himself been
 offered a job at Goonhilly Down, by GPO Telecommunications, well
 before researchers started to investigate packet switching • a technology
 that sends a message in portions to its destination asynchronously without
 passing it through a centralised mainframe • but having travelled there by
 train from where the family were living in Kentish Town, North London,
 he was unable to find somewhere for the family to live locally, and so
 could not take up the position that he had been offered. Thankfully not
 long after, the doctor who was attending Linnie’s brother Terry, who
 suffered terribly during the days of the smog in London, arranged for the
 family to move to their new home in Borehamwood. When I first started
 training as an Air Traffic Controller, cutting my teeth so to speak, on the
 things technologically related to primary and secondary radar systems,
 you can just imagine the conversations that I had with Ron, and it was not
 long after I had asked him for his daughter’s hand in marriage, that a
 telecommunications network protocol emerged which constituted the
 beginnings of the ARPANET, which by 1981 had grown to 213 nodes.
 ARPANET eventually merged with other networks to form the INTERNET
 and while Internet development was a focus of the Internet Engineering
 Task Force (IETF) who published a series of Request for Comment
 documents, other networking advancement occurred in industrial
 laboratories, such as the local area network (LAN) developments of


   It was Linnie's dad who first explained to me as a teenager, what the difference and/or

  significance between a radio valve and a transistor was. These teenage entries of his in

  a school textbook, underline the fact that he was most certainly destined to become a

  shining light for those hundreds of British Telecom engineers who turned up to his

  funeral in North London.  


 This 32-metre antenna is now undergoing an important transformation.

 Soon, it will be ready to communicate with spacecraft across deep space.

 ESA currently has three deep-space dishes in Australia, Spain and

 Argentina, providing full sky coverage for tracking and communicating

 with missions at Mars such as ExoMars and Mars Express as well as

 BepiColombo - currently on its way to Mercury. Future ESA missions

 such as Solar Orbiter, Euclid and Cheops will soon be added to this list.

 However, by the middle of the next decade, ESA’s deep-space  

 communication needs for its current and upcoming missions is expected

 to exceed present capacity by around half. This is why ESA teams are

 excited by the upgrade of Goonhilly 6, which will enable the UK station

 to provide Europe’s first commercial deep-space tracking services,

 compliment ESA’s own ESTRACK stations and provide deep-space

 tracking for both space agencies and private business.


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Comment by Michael Grove on September 25, 2018 at 20:16

Experimental satellites GIOVE-A & GIOVE-B• with its NEW ATOMIC CLOCK, which IS now so accurate that ALL GPS SYSTEMS are now locked onto [IT] • were launched in 2005 and 2008 respectively, serving to test critical Galileo technologies, while at the same TIME securing all of the Galileo frequencies within the International Telecommunications Union. The first satellite to be part of the operational system was subsequently launched on 21 October 2011.

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