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ESA Kiruna Satellite Station

PO Box 815
SE-981 28 Kiruna

tel: +46-980-76000
fax: +46-980-17121

About the Kiruna Satellite Station

The Kiruna S- and X-band station supports ENVISAT, GOCE and CryoSat-2. For ESTRACK, Kiruna hosts one 15m and one 13m antenna. Both operate in S-band for uplink and downlink and X-band for downlink. The station is located at Salmijärvi, 38 km east of Kiruna, in northern Sweden.

Kiruna hosts the following antennas:

  • KIR-1: 15m-diameter dish antenna with reception and transmission in S-band, and reception in X-band. Autotrack and program track capability in S-band.
  • KIR-2: 13m-diameter dish antenna with reception and transmission in S-band and reception in X-band. Autotrack and program track capability in both S- and X-band.

Both antennas provide facilities for tracking, telemetry, telecommand and radiometric measurements (ranging, Doppler, meteo) in S-band.

X-band reception is used for high-rate payload data for Earth observation and scientific missions. The station has a frequency and timing system, a monitoring and control system and full diversity communications are enabled via the ESA Operations Network (OPSNET).

The Kiruna station hosts project-dedicated Payload Data Segments (PDSs) for ENVISAT and Cryosat-2. The PDSs receive, process and distribute the high-rate payload data to users.

GOCE scientific data is received in S-band and distributed to ESA/ESRIN. A backup satellite control system for ENVISAT is installed and used in the event of failure of the prime system at ESOC.


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