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Happy Birthday, NASA!

You inspire us every day to dream, build big, and explore new frontiers. Many members of our KSAT team first encountered space during the “worm logo”-era. We want to honor that genesis, with our own NASA-inspired KSAT logo - just for today.

It all began almost 25 years ago...

In 1995 a team from NASA came to Svalbard Norway in quest of an ideal location to establish a ground station for polar orbiting satellites. NASA had just embarked on the prestigious project, ‘’Mission to Planet Earth’’. A series of satellites, later called the NASA A-team, was about to be launched, and they needed a ground segment especially designed to efficiently receive data from polar orbiting satellites. At the same time, the predecessor of Kongsberg Satellite Service, (KSAT) was about to establish a new ground station at the very same Archipelago.

NASA and KSAT agreed that satellite ground stations are as important as the satellites themselves, because data has to be collected and distributed to be of value to the user community and thus a partnership was born. 


Happy Birthday, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration! We look forward to the next 25 years. 

Located at almost 80´ N, Svalbard is the only location that can communicate with polar orbiting satellites on every orbit.