The United Nations Secretary General H. E. Mr. Ban Ke-Moon visited KSAT
The United Nations Secretary General H. E. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon visited Kongsberg Satellite Services main ground station for satellite data reception and control Thursday July 8, 2015 as a part of his trip to Norway. The station is located at Longyearbyen Svalbard.
The KSAT Svalbard station is the worlds largest ground station for satellite data reception and control.. More than 35 large antenna installations are located at the station and they communicates with more than 80 satellites on a daily basis performing 15.000 contacts per month. The information received at the station is used for meteorology services as well as climate and environmental monitoring. In less than 20 minutes after the satellite has passed over the station, several services for marine situational monitoring like oil spill and ship detection is being delivered. Ice forecasting and ice berg detection is new areas of interest. KSAT is the company that provide satellite control services from both the Arctic and in Antarctica.
- We're honored and glad that the UN Secretary General and the Norwegian Foreign Minister visited us to see the work we do and experience the importance and vast opportunities satellite observation gives for environmental and climate monitoring
- Today KSAT are involved in UN operations through UNOSAT, an important resource for several UN projects and operations world wide, says Rolf Skateboe, President of KSAT.