Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) is expanding its range to include four new polar antennas, the company announced on Monday. The first is a new 7.3 m tri-band antenna at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF) in Canada. Another antenna at the ISSF and two in the Esrange Space Center in Sweden will be introduced later this year.
This expansion is part of SSC’s work to offer fully global Ka-band connectivity by the end of 2021. SSC said this will meet the growing demand for high downlink capacity for high resolution Earth observation (EO) data. The dual use of ground stations in Sweden and Canada is known as the “Kinuvik” concept.
“Polar connectivity is particularly challenging because of the busy satellite traffic. For this reason, many of our customers support their satellites by using our ground stations in Sweden and Canada twice. This additional coverage ensures greater resilience and longer satellite passes, ”said Dan White, EPP of the Americas at SSC.