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Atlas Space Operations to Establish Five New Global Ground Stations

By | May 5, 2021

ATLAS Utqiagvik, Alaska 3.7m antenna at 71°N – North America’s highest latitude ground station. (Photo: Business Wire)

Atlas Space Operations has added four new ground stations in New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Alaska, and a fifth upcoming station that will be commissioned in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to its global ground network. The expansion aims to boost Atlas Space’s global antenna coverage and establish new communications opportunities in the satellite market.

The Australian site is located in Mingenew in Western Australia. Atlas established it in partnership with Capricorn Space to allow both companies to provide network-level integration to their customers.

“The new sites, and specifically our new partner site in Australia, represent exactly the kind of development that our clients are looking for,” Atlas CEO Sean McDaniel said in a statement. “It comes down to location and ability. Regarding location, we’re developing in the deserts of the Middle East all the way to the Arctic Circle, because we go where our clients need us to go. As for ability, our network-level integration with Capricorn Space speaks for itself. This, and developments like it, will enable the space comms sector to accommodate growing demand, while remaining adaptive and resilient.”

This past December, Atlas completed late-stage testing on the phased array antenna of its new Multi-Band/Multi-Mission (MBMM) system, which it has been developing under a contract through the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC).