Matthew Cosby has joined the executive management board at Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd, taking the role of director of space engineering.

The move further strengthens the company, bringing Cosby’s extensive skill and knowledge of spacecraft communications engineering, coupled with his experience working with NASA, ESA and many global space agencies.

Cosby is one of the UK’s most senior engineers in the field of spacecraft communications, representing the UK Space Agency at international committees on space communication standards (CCSDS) and at the Interagency Operations Advisory Group (IOAG). Both of these roles will continue.

In his previous role as chief engineer in QinetiQ Space UK, Cosby led the team developing the UHF transceiver for the ExoMars mission – which is due to arrive at its destination at the red planet later this week (October 19).

Cosby will be leading various projects at Goonhilly expanding the range of capabilities at the site including our Deep Space Communications service, low/medium orbit tracking capabilities and a new research, development and innovation systems division developing advanced communication system solutions.

Goonhilly CEO, Ian Jones, said: “This is a brilliant appointment for Goonhilly…it is further demonstration that we are able to attract the very best talent. Matt is an excellent, dynamic and motivated engineer and I’m delighted to welcome him to our board.”

Cosby has been working at both Goonhilly and QinetiQ during the past year sharing his time between the two companies. With this new role as executive director, Matt will be leaving QinetiQ and taking a full-time role at Goonhilly.