AWS Ground Station Documentation

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AWS Ground Station enables you to control and ingest data from orbiting satellites without having to buy or build satellite ground station infrastructure. AWS Ground Station does this by integrating the ground station equipment like antennas, digitizers, and modems into our AWS Regions around the world. You have the option of conducting all of your satellite operations on the AWS Cloud, including the storing and processing of your satellite data and delivering your products using AWS services, or use AWS Ground Station just to downlink your satellite data and transport it to your own processing center. 

Schedule satellites and download data using AWS services

You can use the AWS Ground Station console to identify the satellites you need to communicate with and schedule “Contacts” with the satellite, where each Contact consists of a selected satellite, start and end time, and the ground location. After scheduling your Contacts, you can launch Amazon EC2 instances to run each portion of the Contact. You can launch a Command EC2 instance to receive operational telemetry from your satellite and transmit commands up to the satellite to schedule future activities. You can also launch a Downlink EC2 instance to receive bulk mission data from your satellite in near real-time or receive the data in an Amazon S3 Bucket asynchronously. The EC2 instance will communicate with AWS Ground Station’s antenna gateway over an elastic network interface (ENI) connection in Amazon VPC that exists for the duration of the contact. 

Managed global ground station network integrated with AWS Global Infrastructure

AWS Ground Station antennas are located within managed AWS ground station locations, and are interconnected via Amazon’s global network backbone. Data downlinked and stored in one AWS Region can be sent to other AWS Regions over the global network so it can be further processed.

Support most common satellites and communication frequencies

Once onboarded, you can connect with any satellite in low Earth orbit (LEO) and medium Earth orbit (MEO) operating in X-band and S-band frequencies, including: S-band uplink and downlink, X-band narrowband and wideband downlink.

Pay-per-minute pricing

You can schedule access to AWS Ground Station antennas on a per-minute basis and pay only for the scheduled time. Once onboarded, you can access any antenna in the ground station network, and there are no long-term commitments.

Additional Information

For additional information about service controls, security features and functionalities, including, as applicable, information about storing, retrieving, modifying, restricting, and deleting data, please see https://docs.aws.amazon.com/index.html. This additional information does not form part of the Documentation for purposes of the AWS Customer Agreement available at http://aws.amazon.com/agreement, or other agreement between you and AWS governing your use of AWS’s services.