SSC rolls out the world’s first global Ka-band network

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Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) gears up to meet the growing capability need for Earth Observation missions. By upgrading its polar and equatorial locations to support Ka-band data reception, SSC rolls out a truly global Ka-band network mainly focused on EO missions. This important milestone will enable Earth Observation missions to use higher bandwidths and receive larger data volumes, allowing space companies to use their assets more effectively.

“We are very happy to introduce the world’s first global Ka-band network for Earth Observation missions. SSC always strives to offer ground support that reflects the size and ambitions of the

Market. This investment meets the growing demand of higher throughput capability for Earth Observation missions”, says Miranda Pirrie, President Satellite Management Services at SSC.

The upgrade spans accross SSC’s strategic locations in Punta Arenas in Chile, Sri Racha in Thailand, Inuvik in Canada and Esrange in Sweden, as well as the SSC partner station in Weilheim in Germany.

The network upgrade builds on the recent work where Ka-band capability was added to SSC’s polar sites in Canada and Sweden. While the polar stations provide large data volumes at good latency, the equatorial stations allow increased volumes and enabling timeliness coverage for selected regions. And the expansion continues as the company plans for complementary Ka-band featured antennas, starting with two new radome antennas to be introduced in northern Sweden in 2021.

“By operating a global network which contains both polar and equatorial stations with a high level of redundancy, we advance our position as a leading supplier of ground connectivity for Earth Observation operations. But it does not stop there, we keep on strengthening our network to feature the most advanced technical properties“, says Patrik Melvås, Head of Business Development SaMS at SSC.

For further information please contact:
Philip Ohlsson, Press Contact, Swedish Space Corporation, SSC
phone: +46 (0)70-721 70 26, mail:

About SSC’s Satellite Management Services: SSC is a global leader in ground station services supporting spacecraft operators in any orbit, from LEO to Lunar and beyond. The SSC global ground network’s particularity lies in its ability to serve multi-mission customers across the complete life span of their spacecraft with the highest level of quality. It can support multiple satellites simultaneously, using several antennas with suitable frequency bands, across a dozen of ground station sites strategically located around the world. SSC was a pioneer in introducing the ground station-as-a-service approach in the 70’s. In 1999, SSC was once again the first company to offer that concept on a global scale when partnering with USN and creating the first commercial global ground station network – Prioranet. Ever since, the SSC global ground station network has continued to expand itself to deliver most comprehensive ground segment services to the market. SSC is also the only commercial company who has been successfully supporting lunar communications for more than a decade.

About SSC: Swedish Space Corporation, SSC, helps space organizations, companies, other commercial actors and research institutes to get access to space. SSC's products and services enable successful space projects within earth observation, telecommunications, security, meteorology, navigation and positioning, scientific research and other applications. Through our 550 committed employees, we offer specialist expertise in satellite communications, spacecraft operations, rocket and balloon systems, launch services and flight test services. Through our local presence on all continents, we help our customers with specific solutions in space systems, subsystems, instruments, technology and other related services.