Troll Station 10 years
Antennas at Troll Station Antarctica
Ten years ago Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) built a satellite receiving station in Antarctica, TrollSat at 72°S 2°E
KSAT was now operating ground stations in both Antarctica and in the Arctic.
The Troll station combined with the KSAT Svalbard Station is the most efficient way of collecting satellite data, what we call our Pole-to- Pole solution.
A satellite ground station in Antarctica is ideally located for control of, and data reception from, satellites in polar orbits. Information for environmental monitoring and weather satellites are received more than 10.000 times every month.
The ground station is located on solid ground, 300km from the ice edge at the research station run by the Norwegian Polar Institute. Antarctica being the coldest and driest and windiest continent on earth, 99% covered by an ice cap with an average height above sea level of approx. 2,500 meters, the inland location assures relatively stable climate and good weather conditions.
KSAT is following in the footsteps of the Norwegian Polar explorers when operating on both poles. Roald Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer of Polar Regions. He led the Antarctic expedition of 1910–12 which was the first to reach the South Pole, on 14 December 1911.
Find out more about Life at 72' South in this interview with Station Manager Reidar Nordheim