Deep space communications goes commercial

The commercial tracking system will use the GHY-6 antenna at Goonhilly

Commercial spaceflight may bring to mind flashy images of dramatic rocket launches and sleek space capsules, but it also means the infrastructure to support such endeavors. Case in point is a co-operative project between Britain and the European Space Agency to establish the world’s first commercial deep-space tracking and communications station in Goonhilly, Cornwall. Using a repurposed 32-m (105-ft) dish built in 1985, it will be able to communicate with spacecraft millions of miles away.

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