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SSC announces four new polar antennas to strengthen its unmatched polar connectivity

By Eric Van Rees - 27th April 2021 - 06:35

Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) strengthens its polar capability with four new antennas at its polar ground stations; two in Canada and two in Sweden.

First out is a new 7,3m tri-band antenna at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF) in Canada. Together these four antennas will extend the SSC’s capacity and capability by adding further connectivity for polar orbiting satellites. The announcement marks yet another step in SSC’s major extension towards a fully global Ka-band connectivity by the end of 2021.

“This investment is an important part of our global ground station network expansion, aiming at meeting the urgent and growing demand for high downlink capacity for high resolution earth observation data. We see a bright future at the ISSF and already have several customers waiting to begin their operations from the new establishment. The market demand is our main driver and we are gearing up accordingly”, says Patrik Melvås, Head of Business Development at SaMS, SSC.

The new 7,3 meter antenna, owned and operated by SSC, features tri-band capability accommodating S-, X- and Ka-band frequencies. Together with the two existing SSC antennas at the ISSF site, the new establishment will add to the company’s unmatched polar connectivity for satellite operations. As part of the overall polar sites extension, three additional antennas will also be introduced later this year; one at the Inuvik Satellite Station in Canada and two at Esrange Space Center in Sweden.

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