Our initial ground segment capability has been designed to support smallsat LEO and MEO missions. You can either mix and match our antenna with other ground segment providers around the world, or we can provide a tailored service with our world-wide partners that is transparent to your data flows.
We can manage your ground segment establishment at Awarua.
Choose to do as much or as little work as you want, and leave the rest to us:
Professional engineers and skilled technicians, riggers and IT specialists based in Invercargill can provide turn-key services to establish your ground station and keep it maintained afterwards. Only your vendor’s installation engineer and your own acceptance/commissioning engineer need come to site.
Local crane and plant operators can transport and lift any size of antenna.
A recent TUM study found communications subsystems contribute to at least 29 percent of CubeSat failures in the first 90 days on-orbit.
We know that you understand the importance of reliable and accessible ground segment to the success of your mission. But take it from us, there are more than a few would-be satellite operators out there who completely overlook the space-ground link until it comes to launch aggregation time. That’s not a good time to discover that without good, pre-arranged ground segment you aren’t going to go to orbit.
Even if you do launch, there is no room for complacency: a recent TUM study found communications subsystems contribute to at least 29 percent of CubeSat failures in the first 90 days on-orbit.
One of our ESA colleagues jokes that in the space community, there are three sorts of people: the 20% who are fascinated by launchers, the 30% who focus on the spacecraft and the 50% who are only interested in processing the payload data… so that leaves only 0.0001% of us left who love ground segment! As our friends at Planet say, a poorly understood radio subsystem can be fatal to any project.
Let’s all make life easy for ourselves and encourage our colleagues to arrange radio spectrum and licences well in advance of launch day and to sort out their ground segment in good time. And talking to potential ground segment service providers is probably a good way for them to start.