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Goonhilly opens Farnborough office

October 18, 2018

Satellite communications innovator and space gateway Goonhilly Earth Station has opened an office at the Cody Technology Park in Farnborough, Hampshire, in support of its plans to expand its consultancy, design engineering and small-scale manufacturing capabilities.

The new site gives Goonhilly more space to expand its design engineering team and attract talented engineers in both the South-East and South-West who are keen to work at the forefront of the UK’s satellite communications sector.

The teams in Farnborough and Goonhilly will collaborate closely. For example, while the Farnborough team will be focused on deep space antenna array design, their colleagues in Cornwall will undertake the implementation.

Goonhilly is also recruiting and investing in small-scale advanced manufacturing/production facilities at its Cornwall headquarters, where it plans to build these next-generation systems.

Working closely with the UK’s radio astronomy academic community, Goonhilly engineers are applying the latest radio astronomy techniques to innovative commercial projects, for example, the development of whole-sky antenna arrays for detecting and tracking satellites. These arrays enable other services including: IoT satellite terminals; 5G satellite systems; aeronautical terminals; and highly efficient and high-throughput modulation designs for constellation communications.

The Farnborough office perfectly complements Goonhilly’s teleport facilities in Cornwall, providing a second UK base from which to conduct electronics and systems design operations. It will be headed up by Goonhilly technical director and chief scientist Matt Cosby.

“With offices in both Cornwall and Farnborough, we will be able to expand and attract a wider pool of engineering talent, while the Farnborough office will also serve as a convenient meeting place for many of our customers and partners. It’s an exciting time to join or work with the Goonhilly team as we focus on helping to shape the new space economy with disruptive communications technologies,” said Ian Jones, CEO, Goonhilly.

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