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 […]

50 Years Ago Today – The Birth of Satellite Communications

10th July 1962 marked the birth of satellite communications. Exactly 50 years ago today the Telstar satellite commenced its journey into space from Cape Canaveral and became the first ever active commercial communications satellite. It carried the first live trans-Atlantic TV broadcasts. These days, satellite launches are commonplace and polar orbits, MEO orbits, Molniya orbits, […]

The Ultimate Seismograph + 97th Anniversary of Avezzano Earthquake

This is not only a true story, but also is timed to mark the 97th Anniversary of the devastating earthquake which destroyed Avezzano on 13th January 1915, resulting in a massive loss of life. Have you ever been in an earthquake? I have, once, and it’s scary. Not a powerful earthquake, admittedly, and most California […]

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 […]

LA Confidential – X-Band & Artichokes

I’m the sort of person who likes to plan, but despite my best intentions life always seems to be event-driven. Such is the case today, which is why I’m writing this. Let me explain: I’m on Linkedin and am a member of some 30+ Groups relating to satellite communications. Being a helpful sort of guy […]

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 […]