The world’s first industrial deep area communication antenna opens within the UK

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GHY-6 – the world’s first privately owned deep space communication antenna

Nathanial Bradford © Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd

The world’s first commercial deep-space communication antenna performed its first operational work on July 11th and received images from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express mission. The images – showing a thin Martian crescent and the planet’s cratered, ocher-colored disk – were transmitted via the antenna labeled “GHY-6” at the Goonhilly earth station in Cornwall in south-west Great Britain.

The 32-meter wide antenna that received the call from Mars was built in 1985. She used to work for telecommunications with …

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