Svalbard Satellite Station (Svalsat)

Svalbard Satellite Station (SvalSat) was established in 1996 and is today the world’s largest commercial ground station with more than 31 state-of-the-art multi-mission and customer dedicated antenna systems in C-, L-, S- and X-band.

SvalSat, located at 78°N (1200 km south of the North Pole) on Spitsbergen, is recognized as the most optimally located ground station in the world for satellite control. The extreme northern location on the Svalbard archipelago, gives SvalSat its unique and favourable position. The satellite coverage at this latitude holds unique opportunities and SvalSat is the only commercial ground station in the world able to provide all-orbit-support (14 of 14 orbits) to owners and operators of polar orbiting satellites.

Today SvalSat comprises a state of the art station building operated by a team of skilful and experienced engineers and operators 24/7 365 days a year. The SvalSat site offers a large amount of flexibility for our customers and has a vast potential for further expansion.

In 2004 a redundant fiber optical communication links between Svalbard and mainland Norway was established. The fiber infrastructure project was initiated to ensure highly proficient and cost-efficient communication solutions to our customers. The fiber communication is adaptable and KSAT may provide a tailor-made solution from ground station to customer sites.

When operating an advanced technical satellite ground station in the Arctic or Antarctic, continuity and experience are important factors to maintain the required level of proficiency. KSAT Arctic Ground Stations are at all times staffed by highly skilled operations engineers. KSAT’s Antarctic TrollSat station is remotely operated from Tromsø and year-round staffed for on-site corrective engineering operations and preventive maintenance. KSAT operations engineers have broad experience through engineering and maintenance activities. In a Polar environment special competencies are necessary to secure personnel safety. KSAT continuously focus on these issues and provide adequate training to each employee. KSAT is certified according to the ISO 9001:2000 standard.

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