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Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF)

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Inuvik Satellite Station Facility

Opened in 2010, the Government of Canada (GoC) in partnership with the German Aerospace Centre and the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) established the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF). Located roughly 3 km from the Mike Zubko Airport (YEV) and 10 km from Inuvik town center, the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility was built north of the Arctic Circle to take advantage of the strategic geographic location. Its favorable location allows the Inuvik satellite station to be uniquely positioned to track and receive data in real-time from polar-orbiting satellites to support the following uses:

  • Scientific research;
  • Environmental monitoring and climate change studies;
  • Mapping, weather and surveillance;
  • Emergency preparedness and response;
  • Shipping and navigation;
  • Sustainable economic development;
  • Northern sovereignty; and
  • Resource development 

The Inuvik Satellite Station forms an important node in Swedish Space Corporation's (SSC) PrioraNet network, with current dishes having the capabilities for Telemetry Tracking & Command (TT&C). Other dishes at the ISSF support multiple frequency bands including S-Band and X-Band as well as operational offices which allows for system electronics and data processing equipment. At present the ISSF has grown to accommodate four 13 meter antennas in Phase One, with plans underway to have a fifth antenna installed next year.  

Current Owner of Satellites Dishes at the ISSF:

  • Aerospace Centre (DLR),
  • A partnership between SSC (formerly the Swedish Space Corporation) and France's Centre national d'études spatiales (CNES);
  • Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation, part of Natural Resources Canada (CCMEO/NRCan);
  • Swedish Space Corporation


 Important News about the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF)

  • The Government of Canada announced a project to build a new fibre optic link, introducing redundancy and resiliency to Yukon's telecommunications infrastructure.
  • The Government of Canada recently announced an additional $3.7 million investment in the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF) to improve and build new roads that will help expand the ISSF into "phase two" to accommodate more satellites.
  • The Government of Canada recently awarded MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) with a contract to provide In-Service Support to maintain and operate Canada's national ground stations infrastructure. MDA will serve as the exclusive supplier for hosting services to international satellite operators who desire to install and operate antennas at the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF) for satellite control and data reception.
  • The Government of the Northwest Territories is spending $65-million to $70-million on the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link (MVFL) that will connect Inuvik to the south with a fibre optic line, bringing broadband Internet access to Inuvik and allow satellite data from the ISSF to be transmitted far more speedily.
  • The Government of the Northwest Territories is also spending $694,000 for a new Western Arctic Centre for Geomatics in Inuvik. Housed within the Aurora Research Institute (ARI) in Inuvik, the centre will focus on increasing the level of support for geomatics programs, and programs that support land, resource and infrastructure management through remote sensing technologies, as well as economic development initiatives.

Together, these new investments along with the current infrastructure and other valuable assets located just 10 km away in the Town of Inuvik, will allow the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF) to become a world-renowned satellite station, a hotspot for remote sensing technologies and a new hub for science and technology in the Town of Inuvik.


For General inquiries regarding the ISSF, Contact:

Corinna Vester

ISSF Development Project Coordinator, Earth Sciences Sector

Natural Resources Canada

Government of Canada


Tel: 613-694-2557


For further information regarding hosting services at the ISSF, Contact:

Elisabeth Paul

Program Director for the ISSF Development 

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA)

Tel: 1-604-231-2871

Fax: 1-604-231-4938