SCANEX Outsources Ground-based Satellite Telemetry Infrastructure

14 July 2021
Norwegian Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) company, one of the world's leading satellite service providers with the most extensive network of ground stations in the world, has thanked SCANEX for the fruitful long-term cooperation in satellite data reception. Joint projects regarding Caspian Sea monitoring conducted over the years have proved high quality of SCANEX products and services at international level. The operator was able to offload its infrastructure and receive necessary ERS data. Last year SCANEX increased the delivered data volume at KSAT request adding images from NOAA and Suomi NPP satellites to those of Terra and Aqua/MODIS satellites.

SCANEX would like to thank KSAT for their trust and high appreciation of our services. This partnership is the future of the remote sensing industry, which is currently undergoing changes due to the ultra-fast growth of satellites in orbit, as well as data. Nowadays SCANEX is penetrating the Asian market in terms of ground infrastructure outsourcing. We have already signed an agreement with Spacety, one of China's first and fastest-growing private space companies, on data acquisition six times a day. Spacety is the world leader in CubeSat and SmallSat satellites field with 12 space missions and 21 launched satellites. The radar constellation will monitor the Earth 24/7 and in all weather conditions. The collected data will be received onto SCANEX station network. SCANEX is currently negotiating an agreement with another Chinese operator.

SCANEX is the only private company in Russia and the CIS that receives data from remote sensing satellites directly onto its own network of UniScan stations with receiving centers situated in four cities, namely, Moscow, Irkutsk, Magadan and Megion. There are 2-4 stations in each town. Geographical setting of the stations ensures coverage of the entire Russian territory and neighboring countries, as well as allows backing up the receiving signal and guaranteeing collision resolution when receiving data from several different satellites simultaneously. Said network is capable of receiving data acquired during all 15 circuits of a satellite, which makes it possible to monitor any territory and share collected data with operators around the globe.

The stations receive remote sensing data from practically any low-orbit X-band and L-band satellites, including the most advanced ultra-small CubeSat satellites. For example, SCANEX receives images from CubeSat satellites developed by SPUTNIX Company. Over the last thirty years, SCANEX has been receiving data from French, Israeli, Chinese, Korean, American and Canadian satellites. UniScan stations receive data from all commercially available ERS satellites (Terra, Aqua, SNPP, JPSS, FY-3), most Landsat, SPOT, RADARSAT, COSMO-SkyMed, EROS, DMC and Sentinel satellites. UniScan stations were also successfully tested in terms of receiving data from the most advanced satellites with transmission rates up to 700 Mbps (Superview, Jilin).

The whole process is quasi-online, which allows integrating satellite data into our services, such as the Fire Map service or the digital platform used for monitoring the Northern Sea Route.

According to SCANEX, the remote sensing business will gradually merge with the IT sector over the coming years due to two emerging trends. The first one is that data will be received online, since new tasks require prompt attention and prompt data. The second one is that data needs immediately to undergo in-depth processing using artificial intelligence technologies. In order to comply with these trends, remote sensing companies will have to change their business strategy towards expanding their IT services. For instance, setting up joint infrastructure with IT-giants that have the required capacity to receive and work with data, develop respective products and analyze data using AI technology. Amazon and Microsoft have already joined the trend, since satellite data will soon be an important part of decision-making process in many areas. Among other trends one may name increasing number of partnerships between satellite data operators and the companies that own the receiving infrastructure; or full transition to a service-based approach in data provision.

«Satellite operators benefit from cooperation in data reception process, as it allows them to minimize expenses spent on upgrading their infrastructure, as well as guarantees that all collected data will be promptly received, processed, transmitted or stored. SCANEX is open to cooperation and ready to provide partners with ground infrastructure for satellite telemetry reception», underlined Valery Barinberg, SCANEX Deputy CEO.

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