NEWS Goonhilly goes for growth BUSINESS The world’s first commercial deep-space tracking station will open in Cornwall as a result of an £8.4m investment partnership between Goonhilly Earth Station, the European Space Agency and the UK government. The funding boost to the region comes through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal with the UK government. ESA will work with Goonhilly to upgrade the 32 m GHY-6 antenna (pictured above), built in 1985, to meet the requirements of NASA, ESA and private space exploration companies for deep-space communications, including high bit-rate data links. The work should take two years and lead to skilled jobs in the local area. “We already have a great deal of interest in using the upgraded antenna from our international customer base,” said Ian Jones, CEO of Goonhilly Earth Station. “This includes space agencies such as ESA, as well as some of the new private space exploration companies. The team here at Goonhilly, along with colleagues at the LEP, ESA and the UK Space Agency, have been working incredibly hard to achieve this fantastic outcome. We now look forward to getting on with the upgrade work, which will bring a new expansion of the company.” Science minister Sam Gyimah agreed: “We’re working hard to ensure the UK thrives in the commercial space age as part of the government’s industrial strategy, so it’s fantastic to see the world’s first commercial deep-space communications network coming to Cornwall.” (Goonhilly Earth Station) http://bit.ly/2CDhbPb ‘A&G’ readers make ESA’s new angle on space weather US issues guidance SATELLITE The European Space while University College Lon money for charity on harassment Agency has announced plans for don’s Mullard Space Science READER SURVEY Thank you to all a mission in a position that would Laboratory is heading the team BEHAVIOUR Much public atten those who took part in our recent give advance warning of solar developing solar wind instru tion is being focused on sexual survey of readers’ opinions and activity and track the progress ments. The fourth consortium led harassment and bullying in ideas. We had a very good – and of solar storms towards Earth. by OHB (Germany) is developing government, entertainment and overall positive – response that Three out of the four teams devel a competing platform. charity sectors, but academia also has provided food for thought oping instruments and platforms “We have been advocates for has a problem. US research fund for the Management Board about for the mission are from the UK. such a space weather mission ing body the National Science how A&G should evolve. ESA plans an observatory at over many years based on our Foundation has now provided Our publishers, Oxford Uni the L5 Lagrangian point, orbiting leadership of the pioneering guidelines for individuals, sites versity Press, offered a donation the Sun 60° behind the Earth. Heliospheric Imager instruments and institutions it funds. to charity for the first 350 replies. This allows a view of parts of the on NASA’s a fl gship STEREO Any organization receiving Thanks to your enthusiastic Sun not yet visible from Earth, mission,” said Jackie Davies, NSF funds must report finds response, and OUP’s generosity, giving advance notice of the consortium leader for the study of harassment and place staff we have given £350 to the Light space weather to expect. It also at RAL Space. “We are look funded by the NSF on leave if year Foundation, a charity that allows the spacecraft to monitor ing forward to the challenge there is an investigation or find works in science education. “The the passage of coronal mass ejec of leading a multi instrument, ing of harassment; the NSF may donation will support our work to tions as they head for Earth. multinational instrumentation remove personnel or terminate bring science education into every The mission has signic fi ant development programme.” a grant. Organizations should child’s life, regardless of ability or UK input to the teams develop Space weather is recognized as establish clear standards of behav background,” said Michael Fuller ing plans for the mission. Airbus a major risk to society. A recent iour and accessible routes for of Lightyear. “We host creative UK is leading on developing a ESA study put the potential cost notic fi ation of violations. An NSF workshops that use entertaining mission overview, combining to Europe of a single major space web portal provides a resource for science experiments to inspire operations and the development weather event at €15bn. The pro policies and procedures to reduce disabled children about science of plans for the spacecraft plat posals are to be delivered to ESA discrimination of all types and while providing practical knowl form. RAL Space is leading the for assessment in 18 months. make it easier for researchers and edge to improve their lives.” team working on instruments to NEWS STORY http://bit.ly/2oxZAE4 the public to find information. http://www.lightyear.org observe the Sun and heliosphere, ESA STUDY http://bit.ly/2eJEFGp http://nsf.gov/od/odi/harassment.jsp A&G • April 2018 • Vol. 59 • aandg.org 2.5 Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/astrogeo/article-abstract/59/2/2.5/4935740 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 16 March 2018
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