Ground station services are an important part of the space industry, enabling the wealth of data being generated on-orbit to be downlinked. Additionally, ground station services enable operators to uplink instructions to satellites. The ground segment is typically comprised by a single antenna or a network of antenna, operating at specific frequencies, with the ability to track satellites across the sky.
To make it easy for space engineers to understand the ground station services offered by organizations across the globe, this page provides an easy starting point. Use our short wizard below to get started with exploring ground station services for your next space mission.
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Satsearch member Leaf Space is an Italy-based company pioneering the concept of ground segment-as-a-service in the modern market. Leaf Space offers access to their managed ground network in two services:
Leaf Line – a shared ground station network of globally-standardised systems that enables satellite operators to flexibly access high-quality ground facilities at low costs.
Leaf Key – a customised ground solution tailored to a client’s individual needs. Leaf Key solutions can be designed to cope with the most challenging requirements for latency, capacity, data transfer paths, and cost-effectiveness.
Norwegian company Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) has offered ground station services and solutions since 1968. Today KSAT offers a global network consisting of more than 170 remotely-controlled antennae situated in more than 20 individual sites around the world.
KSAT Lite – a global network of small-aperture communication equipment and facilities designed for scalability and versatility and featuring an optimised scheduling system to maximise availability.
SSC is a global provider of space solutions including launch services for rockets and balloons, and engineering assistance for space missions. SSC also operates one of the largest civilian ground station networks in the world.
SSC Infinity – the service provides access to a variety of flexible communication services with communication options optimised for small satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Standardised configurations involving pre-qualified radios and limited mission configurations, versatile web and API access for pass scheduling, and automated rescheduling across the network all help keep operations simple and costs low.
A spin-off of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), CONTEC provides a suite of services to satellite operators and other space businesses around the world. This includes advanced and intuitive web-based access to the company’s global ground station network
CONTEC-ONE – The ground stations can be accessed using the internet where missions can be arranged in a few simple steps, and the facilities possess VHF, UHF, S-Band for TT&C and X-Band high-performance receivers for high data rate reception.
ATLAS Space Operations runs an innovative ground segment network that utilises a software-centric, cloud-based approach.
Freedom™ Ground Network – a software-driven network, which consists of 21 operational and planned antennae, each in a carefully planned location. Both shared solutions and fully dedicated antennae are available, and the company offers a streamlined solution to enable customers to gather more data, faster.
BridgeComm, Inc. is developing a global network of optical communication ground stations. The network will support complementary fixed and mobile terminals and be designed to offer rapid point-to-point data transmissions via beams of light that connect telescopes using low-power, safe, infrared lasers in the terahertz spectrum.
The Libre Space Foundation has developed an innovative open source ground station network known as satNOGS.
satNOGS enables users all around the world to participate by building and operating their own simple ground station setups. Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites are the primary focus and VHF and UHF bands are well covered, though satNOGS can be extended to other bands. The network is developed using open source practices and modular architecture to enable web-based remote access and flexible design options that meet a wide variety of user needs.
Through its cloud based product StellarStation, Infostellar targets the dual problem of unused ground station capacity as well as the growing demand for satellite communication.
StellarStation - a platform linking satellite operators to antenna owners so that spare capacity and idle systems can be used and monetised. The cloud-based software enables antenna owners to earn credits when their system is used that they can then spend on access to other ground stations. Users without an antenna can use any compatible station in the network, with pay-as-you-go billing and no upfront costs.
RBC Signals is a global space communications provider serving satellite operators in GEO, LEO, & MEO. The company’s worldwide network includes both company-owned and partner-owned antennas.
Global Ground Station Network - an aggregation solution for satellite owner/operators wishing to take advantage of an existing ground segment infrastructure. Antennae and ground station owners have the opportunity to earn extra revenue by monetising unused capacity as part of RBC Signals’ worldwide network.
AWS Ground Station - enables satellite owners to access to fully managed ground segment services for applications including weather forecasting, surface imaging, communications, and video broadcasts. Through their advanced ground station network Amazon gives access to AWS services and the AWS Global Infrastructure, including a low-latency global fibre network located where data is downlinked into the AWS Ground Station.