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Goonhilly Giants

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Luseac, 15 Aug 2006.

  1. Luseac

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    Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Goonhilly satellite station in Cornwall. For those of you that don't know much about it then here is a bit of info from wiki:

    Here are a few of my pics:
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  2. fatmas

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    Interesting :)
    *reads up*
    I never knew as much detail about the site as that.

    This is what GD should be about.
     
  3. philio16

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    I'd never even heard of it! :) Thats a lot of dishes though :eek:

    For size...you can't beat (in the UK)...Jodrell Bank in Cheshire :D

    Here

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  4. kicks66

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    what about the really big telescope or whatever its called? i heard they are replacing that with an even bigger one
     
  5. Tru

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    I first found out about that place when I was snooping around BT's intranet. There's a whole clan of geeks that worship that place. I had no idea it was the biggest of it's kind.
    You seem to speak with a lot of authority on what GD should and shouldn't be. I'm not having a go but you're barely in the door and can't have much experience of what GD was about.
     
  6. michellez

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    Went there last summer. Very cool :D
     
  7. fatmas

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    I'm just voicing my opinion on what I think GD should be.
    Now before this thread goes completely off topic...
    100Mbit connection :D Yes please
     
  8. nelsby

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    Interesting....I was surprised it's owned by BT. With hindsight I suppose I shouldn't be but I was. Was the general tour etc good?
     
  9. Werewolf

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    "Calling Occupants of interplanitary craft..."


    I never knew we'd got a place like that in the U.K, some interesting material there

    Thanks :)
     
  10. Luseac

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    Yeah the tour wasn't bad, we were shown around the old control centre and the tour guide was very informative. With it being quite a secure place we went around the various satellites in a bus....

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  11. Pickers

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    Not far from the (voted) best pastys in the world either.
     
  12. fatmas

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    Would make a good day out.. I might give it a shot sometime
     
  13. Fusion

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    Good thread. Morwenstow is near by, a GCHQ operated ground station that is part of the ECHELON spy network.
     
  14. Le_Petit_Lapin

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    Can you get Sky digital on that?
     
  15. Werewolf

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    They probably upload the signal for Sky (who I beleive don't actually own the equipment they use;))
     
  16. Le_Petit_Lapin

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    Sky doesn't own the equipment it broadcasts on? Theresan intresting thought.

    I think I might have to read up on just how much it costs to broadcast using a sattellite. This thread has made me a bit curious to find out more. :)
     
  17. G|mp

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    In Bude isnt it?
     
  18. theboyrob

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    Good place to visit, was there was summer, we were staying in Newquay.

    Only annoying thing was the tour guide kept saying "Righty'O" after each sentance. :mad:
     
  19. Luseac

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    I saw a few satellite's when I was in Bude on Saturday, could be it :)
     
  20. G|mp

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    Well i know theres def a GCHQ in Bude as well as Cheltenham