Welcome to the Australian Space Agency

Welcome to the Australian Space Agency! The following is the very first Newsletter issued by the brand new Australian Space Agency The Agency is keen to engage with individuals and businesses across the World so we would ask you to Subscribe to our Newsletter.  After you have subscribed then please read and be inspired by this very […]

Media Relations Focal Point for the AIAA’s CMSTC

The following press release issued on 17th November 2015 concerns my appointment by the AIAA Communications Systems Technical Committee (CMSTC) as Chair of their Media Relations subcommittee: To fulfil the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) vision and mission and live up to the words “Shaping the Future of Aerospace”, the Institute’s strategic imperatives […]

The Power of SIGINT

As a youngish engineer in the 1980s I’d already had plenty of experience in exploiting the properties of communications signals to solve complex problems. I’d been responsible for planning and executing the in-orbit testing of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) first 3-axis stabilised Ku-Band communications satellites, OTS and ECS. In-orbit testing is a very different […]

Cleaning up a Hacked Website

Hackers attack websites for a variety of purposes. Apart from defacement hacks more and more sites are becoming targets for criminals attempting to steal data – passwords, bank account details etc. There are numerous articles which describe such attacks, and that type of hack requires immediate specialist intervention and assistance. While this article here deals […]

See the Sirius FM-4 Satellite at The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

One of the first satellites designed to provide space-based digital radio service to consumers in the United States and Canada was donated by SiriusXM Radio and Space Systems/Loral to the Smithsonian. The Sirius FM-4 broadcasting satellite was built as a flight-ready back-up for a constellation of three satellites developed by SiriusXM and manufactured by Space […]

Loss of the OTS 1 Satellite

This is a sorry tale of how four years’ work was destroyed in 54 seconds. Some say that the number thirteen is unlucky and on 13th September 1977, exactly 35 years ago today, this proved to be the case for me and the whole team that developed the OTS satellite. Here’s how things played out. […]

50 Years of Satellite Communications

It’s not often that I publish two blog posts in quick succession, but this is an exception. Only a couple of weeks ago on July 10th 2012 I posted “The Birth of Satellite Communications” on the anniversary of the launch of Telstar, the world’s first commercial communications satellite. That blog post was subsequently published in […]

Olympic Games 2012 – Powered by Satellites

Without satellites, the Olympics wouldn’t be what they are … Only a lucky few million people will actually attend the London 2012 Olympic Games, whereas billions of people all over the world will feel part of the event as a result of the immediacy of live television. The following 4 minute video produced by the […]

Vega Launch – Europe’s Newest Satellite Launcher

Watch live streaming video from eurospaceagency at livestream.com Tomorrow, 13th February 2012 will see the launch of Europe’s newest satellite launch vehicle, Vega, from the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Spaceport at Kourou, weather permitting. This first test flight Vega launch will carry 9 payloads – seven Cubesat satellites plus two Italian Space Agency satellites. The […]

Radar Wars

Not my usual sort of post, but this just had to be shared. Believe me, this could well be true. I could recount some similar, real situations – but then they’d have to shoot me! Attribution: I always like to acknowledge, reference and attribute things which I put into posts, if possible. On researching this […]

New Asia-Pacific Editor for SatMagazine + MilsatMagazine

Well, I guess the time has arrived for me to come in from the cold and own up to who I really am! I’m Dr Bob Gough, managing director of Carrick Communications Ltd, and I’ve just been appointed as the Asia-Pacific Editor for SatMagazine and MilsatMagazine. These are published monthly by the long-established Satnews Publishers, […]

Good News for Goonhilly, Space Science & Cornwall

I love being able to report good news and I heard some very good news yesterday. So much so that I think I’ve upset all my Twitter followers by bombarding them with tweets – I apologise! (a quick “Thank You” to @DocLorraine, @DrLucyRogers and @stewartwardby for responding so quickly). What was so good that it […]

Goonhilly – Yesterday, Today + Tomorrow

Having been involved one way and another with the Goonhilly satellite earth station for some 35 years, imagine my delight at being asked by Satnews Publishers to write an Insight Feature about it for their monthly SatMagazine. I viewed this as a real honour, since Satnews Publishers is a long-established and arguably the market-leading source […]

Watch Dramatic NASA NPP Launch

Prior to presenting the launch video itself, the following video link gives a real, behind the scenes look at the launcher integration and final launch preparations. Viewing this 6 minute video will put the launch itself into perspective => NPP Launch Preparations Right, the “quick” version of the launch itself: NASA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental […]

Help Save Goonhilly Earth Station Complex

Everybody’s heard of Goonhilly, haven’t they? No? I’m amazed, so here’s the story of a piece of UK National and technological heritage and why it desperately needs your support right now. There’s an urgent petition to the UK Government which needs to be considered and, if agreed with, then signed by all people who do […]

Oh Deer – The MX Missile, a Flying Coffin and the Twin Towers

The anniversary of the atrocity committed against the USA has triggered memories of a day some 30 years ago which culminated in a picture-perfect flight into NYC’s La Guardia airport, the approach being down the Hudson River with a sharp turn to port across Manhattan onto the final approach. A stunning afternoon view of Manhattan […]

First and Last Launches of the Space Shuttle

Well spotted. The internal photo isn’t a picture of the Space Shuttle. It’s one of the European Space Agency‘s (ESA) first astronauts, Wubbo Ockels, inside the ESA Spacelab D1 in the Shuttle’s cargo bay (both pictures are courtesy of and copyright ©NASA). ESA’s first astronaught was Ulf Merbold flying in Spacelab on STS-9. I’m writing […]