Taken on the same day as my visit to Pendennis Castle - hence the moody sky
Set in the dramatic landscape of the Lizard Peninsula Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station rises up from the heathland.
Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station is a large telecommunications site located on Goonhilly Downs near Helston on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall, UK. Owned by BT Group plc, it was at one time the largest satellite earth station in the world, with more than 25 communications dishes in use and over 60 in total. The site also links into undersea cable lines. It is to cease satellite operations in 2008.
Its first dish, Antenna One (dubbed "Arthur"), was built in 1962 to link with Telstar. It was the first open parabolic design and is 25.9 metres in diameter and weighs 1,118 tonnes. Arthur received the first live transatlantic television broadcasts from the United States via the Telstar satellite on July 11, 1962. It is now a Grade II listed structure and is therefore protected. The site's largest dish, dubbed "Merlin", has a diameter of 32 metres. Other dishes include Guinevere, Tristan and Isolde after characters in Arthurian legend.
I think the large dish here is 'Guinevere'
Thanks as always for your time, your thoughts/comments are very welcome.
Better bigger if you've time
Regards - Sarah x
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