The fund is aimed at pushing on projects that will help local areas recover from the impact of Covid-19. Goonhilly is working with the University of Oxford, University of Manchester, University of Leeds and University of Hertfordshire on the institute. It will include space for companies to come and use the facilities at Goonhilly and work with the team on ideas. The idea is that the mathematics involved in a number of fields, including radio astronomy, artificial intelligence and machine learning, are closely connected and so the team is using members' skills in each area to apply algorithms developed in one field to solve problems in another. Meanwhile the Receiver Factory is an advanced manufacturing facility that can be used to develop Goonhilly's own equipment, to make sure its services are at the leading edge of technology, and also to build products to print for third parties.
Goonhilly Earth Station opened its new data center and launched a managed High Performance Computing (HPC) platform for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) computing on demand. Goonhilly's goal is to create a U.K. hub for AI and ML services that acts as a marketplace and allows academia and enterprise to collaborate and share ideas. One of the first organizations in the U.K. to deploy a liquid immersion cooling system from Submer Technologies to mitigate the power demands of HPC, Goonhilly's platform is designed to meet the data-intensive needs of the automotive, life sciences and space/aerospace marketplaces. Additionally, its onsite array of solar panels can support the data center's full power requirements of 500 Kilowatts (KW). The new managed platform delivers high performance GPU-based compute and storage for decentralised and centralised AI and machine learning applications to meet the data-intensive needs of the automotive, life sciences and space/aerospace marketplaces.
Billionaire Peter Hargreaves' cash injection boosts the UK's space race. This isn't a sentence you'd expect to find the name Peter Hargreaves in. Hargreaves the man who made his name and his billions from the financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown, which he founded with Stephen Lansdown. But following the lead of US super-rich Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, Hargreaves has just invested £24 million in the satellite communications facility and space gateway Goonhilly Earth Station, based on the Lizard Peninsula of England's Cornish coast. The funding came about after Goonhilly's chairman Kenn Herskind was put in touch with Hargreaves, explains Ian Jones, Goonhilly's CEO.
Arthur is coming out of retirement. The 26-metre satellite dish that famously brought Britain its first crackly, black-and-white satellite TV pictures from the US in 1962 could one day find a new role as part of a control hub for a lunar GPS. That's the ultimate goal of a new initiative announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK this week. Goonhilly Earth Station (GES), which runs 30 satellite dishes strewn across the clifftops of Cornwall's Lizard peninsula, and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), a satellite maker based in Guildford, UK, have hatched a plan to send a blizzard of remote-sensing CubeSats to orbit the moon by 2020. Tiny and cheap, CubeSats have democratised space science by making it affordable – even to student teams.