Inuvik ground station

The Inuvik satellite receiving station is a large-scale facility operated by DLR in Inuvik (Canada). Among other things, the ground station is used to receive data from the TanDEM-X satellite and the Sentinel-5P Earth observation mission.

Communication in almost any orbit

Due to the geographical location of the ground station of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) for remote sensing data in cooperation with the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO), it is possible to set up remote sensing satellites (satellites in polar orbit) in almost any orbit communication. Among other things, a 13-metre auto tracking reflector antenna for S- and X-band is used for this purpose.

The system also enables command and control of the satellites (TT&C service, Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) support) and ensures timely access to remote sensing data. Inuvik is the first operational satellite ground station on the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF).


Volker Speelmann

Head of Research Infrastructures
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Executive Board department for Innovation, Transfer and Research Infrastructure
Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne

Erhard Diedrich

Head of Department
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD)
International Ground Segment
Münchener Straße 20, 82234 Weßling