One Giant Leap for Cornwall
Remember how this year marked the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon when Neil Armstrong took that giant leap for mankind? Remember how the Earth Satellite station, Goonhilly in Cornwall, had a fairly major role to play in sending and receiving communications on that groundbreaking day back in July 1969? Well it looks like she’s about to come back to life with a very real role in Cornwall’s latest space venture…
It was announced this year that the go ahead has been given for Spaceport Cornwall (based at Newquay Airport) to partner up with Virgin Orbit to deliver Europe’s first horizontal launch spaceport.
Here in the UK we produce 25% of the world’s telecommunications satellites that are currently sent overseas to launch but, from 2021, that will no longer be the case. Of course, much like anything new, the rumours surrounding the project have been rife including how the real reason for the development was to enable the country’s leaders to escape in the event of an alien invasion (or some other such global catastrophe!).
from shore with the missions themselves then managed by Goonhilly.
So - having ascertained that this isn’t a sign the aliens are coming, nor will it mean ginormous rockets exploding into space over our peaceful countryside, we’re actually quite excited! Here's our special Starburst Bracelet to celebrate!