Inuvik Satellite Station Facility lands $3.7 million funding from Canadian Gov

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The Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF) located above the Arctic Circle has landed a $3.7 million funding from Canadian Government for use in improvement and building of roads that grant access to the facility.

The ISSF, which was established by the Government of Canada in collaboration with the German Aerospace Centre and PrioraNet Canada, is uniquely positioned to track and receive data in real-time from the new generation of polar-orbiting satellites for scientific, mapping, weather, surveillance and other purposes.

The geospatial data received at the ISSF is used to support emergency preparedness and response, shipping and navigation, environmental monitoring, northern sovereignty and resource development. The new antenna will receive satellite data and imagery and send commands to a new generation of Earth observation satellites.

ISSF currently houses a 13-meter antenna with capabilities for Telemetry Tracking & Command (TT&C) and data downlink services. The ground station supports multiple frequency bands including S-Band and X-Band as well as an operational office which houses system electronics and data processing equipment. Expansion plans are currently underway to increase antenna capacity at Inuvik in the 2015 timeframe.

“Our government continues to harness science and technology to further develop Canada’s North and improve the lives of its citizens. The new antenna and satellite operations building will further the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility’s ability to generate a host of scientific, security and economic benefits for northerners and all Canadians”, said Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources.

According to the government, northerners will benefit both in the short term and in the long term from the development of the ISSF. The facility is currently contributing to the region’s economy by creating jobs and leveraging local skills, knowledge and workmanship.

“By investing in geospatial infrastructure for the 21st century, Canada strengthens its position as a world leader in satellite infrastructure. Canadian scientists will use this cutting-edge technology to monitor our land and borders to enhance the safety, security and long-term prosperity of our communities”, said Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment.