UK space industry and space science have received a boost as Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd - the communications hub currently supporting Tim Peake’s space mission - and Jisc sign a deal to transform connectivity.
From today Goonhilly Earth Station has been opened up to faster, more secure connectivity by taking a connection to the world-class Janet network through Jiscom, the commercial arm of Jisc, which provides digital solutions for colleges and universities.
Goonhilly’s improved infrastructure is a significant benefit for the site’s international collaborators from the space and TV industries, to individual businesses and universities. Goonhilly currently supports and manages satellites for a number of global satellite operators. It is a downlink station for earth observation networks and is planning to become the world’s first private Deep Space ground station. This rapidly growing business will need the extra capacity provided by the new connections to Janet, the UK’s national research and education network.
Derek Thomas MP, said,
“Support for business big and small is a crucial part of the development of the south-west and so I strongly welcome this new join-up. Goonhilly Earth Station plays a key part in a concerted effort to increase the number of skilled jobs in Cornwall and on Scilly and I am delighted by the growth of this high-tech business.”
Jisc will also be enabling eduroam on the site. This will allow visiting students and academics seamless wi-fi through their institutional log-ins, so that the next generation of satellite scientists can benefit from the same connectivity.
Goonhilly Earth Station CEO Ian Jones said,
“Goonhilly is a commercial satellite earth station – we need reliable, fast connectivity for our commercial clients. However, we also bridge a significant gap into academic research, teaching and data services. The Janet network’s wide range of interconnect options coupled with a highly available, uncluttered service provides excellent value for money.”
Tim Marshall, MD of Jiscom, said,
“We are delighted to be supporting the chancellor’s initiative for a more innovative digital economy through this agreement with Goonhilly - not only does it generate additional revenue for the research and education sector that Jisc supports, but it very much speaks to our mission of research collaboration and innovation. It will be exciting to track the progress of Goonhilly as it continues to support education and the knowledge economy.”