Support for space science and satcom growth at Goonhilly

Posted on: 20th February 2014

The local MP who has strongly supported the company which is now forging ahead with its business plan to develop Goonhilly Earth Station as a world leading space science and satellite communication centre, Andrew George, will introduce MEP, Sir Graham Watson, to the site tomorrow, Friday 21st February 2014 at 9.30 am.

Mr George and Sir Graham will be welcomed at the site by Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd’s Chief Executive, Ian Jones and Management team members Piran Trezise and Steve Jones.

Mr George said:  “The Goonhilly site which was vacated by BT five years ago, risked becoming a wasteland.  It’s great to see that there are companies falling over themselves to take full advantage of the excellent communications and opportunities that the site affords.

The potential for business and jobs growth are tremendous.  The space sector is one of the most rapidly growing in the world economy and Goonhilly provides the UK with a facility which could corner a healthy share of this growing market.

“It’s great that Sir Graham Watson has asked to come and visit the site.  The potential for Goonhilly to engage with the European Space Agency and other European projects is very significant and I am pleased that Sir Graham has offered to help champion the case for Goonhilly in Europe.

“This is fantastic news for the west Cornwall economy. Space science and satellite communications are rapidly growing sectors with great prospects. Goonhilly is brilliantly placed to take advantage in the decades ahead and to help UK plc secure a good slice of the global trade”.

“A few years ago, there had been a real prospect of seeing the Goonhilly site bulldozed into an unproductive wilderness. It’s remarkable how determination and enterprise can turn things around”.

“It’s taken longer than it should have done to get to this point. I must congratulate GES on remaining so resolute and overcoming significant challenges to acquire this site. I’m determined to make sure that the Space sector really flies in Cornwall and that Goonhilly will quickly become synonymous with high tech, cutting edge business growth and globally significant space science research. We can accelerate this success with Government and local Government support.”



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