Sprucing up satellites at Goonhilly

Goonhilly 6 on the Lizard Peninsula looking skywards. Credit: ITV News

Along with many of us at home, the team at Goonhilly Earth Station on the Lizard Peninsula have been redecorating and sprucing up their satellites using specialist tools and a lot of paint.

Two people paint the dish of Goonhilly 6. Credit: ITV News

Goonhilly Earth Station has been busy, not only with maintenance and their routine satellite communications but also with historic projects like tracking the first SpaceX human space launch at the weekend as it made its way to the International Space Station (30th-31st May).

At 4.49.06 in this SpaceX video you can hear the moment the American astronauts pass over the Cornish Earth station.

This SpaceX map shows the orbital path of the Demo-2 Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station - it tracked directly over Goonhilly Earth Station.. Credit: SpaceX