Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I The BBC World Service Atlantic Relay Station at English Bay, Ascension Island.
Ascension Island is an isolated volcanic island in the middle of the south Atlantic Ocean, located 1,400 miles (2,250 km) from the coast of South America and 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from Africa. It is home to a Royal Air Force station, a European Space Agency rocket tracking station, a US/UK signals intelligence facility, and a BBC relay station. Although only five miles (8 km) across and mostly ash and lava fields, the island is festooned with more than 100 antenna arrays. These (pictured) are a kind of aerial spaghetti. Others are enormous wire domes, some are like a large skeletal bomber aircraft raised on pylons, and yet others are delicate cones and spirals. One ground radar system covers acres of ash with a lacework of thick cables. In places, hills of ash have been leveled to allow the positioning of radomes and tracking devices. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudiofor updates, outtakes, unpublished, and archival material. #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #sea #bbcrelay #naturalworld