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New Satellite Receiving Station Operational in Inuvik

Made-in-Canada technology takes environmental monitoring to the next level

(14 December 2017) –  Today in Inuvik NWT, St. John’s-based remote sensing  innovator C-CORE completed installation and commissioning of a satellite ground station for downlinking data from a new generation of Earth observation (EO) satellites. Designed and built at C‑CORE’s facilities in St. John’s NL, the novel ground station is optimized for use with today’s emerging generation of breadbox-sized nanosats and cubesats. Its innovative self-leveling platform ensures stability during seasonal frost heave, making it ideal for Arctic deployment.

“In the EO world, we’re seeing something similar to what happened with cell phones,” says C‑CORE’s Vice President for Remote Sensing, Desmond Power. “As components get smaller, satellites get cheaper and easier to build and launch. The hundreds of small satellites now coming into service are game-changers.  They’re providing an unprecedented amount of data of every kind. That’s where C-CORE comes in: our new ground station is a matching solution - smaller, cheaper and more easily deployable too.”

Roughly one quarter the size of conventional ground stations, its robust components can be packed into a 53-foot shipping container, transported, unloaded, assembled and commissioned at the end-use site. It is designed to support multiple satellite missions  –  optical and radar imagery, as well as the greenhouse gas measurements captured by GHGSat’s Claire satellite, whose sensor testing was supported by LOOKNorth in 2014. 

“This ground station project is an example of how LOOKNorth facilitates collaboration among its SME network, focused on innovative solutions that advance sector capability and help grow their business,” says LOOKNorth Managing Director Paul Adlakha. “A similar initiative to support LOOKNorth’s SME network in growing their markets by delivering services through an on-line platform will be announced early in 2018.”