Data Center Description
Tromso Satellite Station (TSS) is Norway's national receiving station for data from polar orbiting satellites. TSS location is ideal for reception of data from polar orbiting satellites. The area covered by TSS includes the entire Arctic from West Greenland to the Russian Taymyr peninsula, as well as the Northern part of Europe and larger parts of Russia.
TSS has been in operation since 1967, and has dedicated its efforts towards the operational application market, thus concentrating on near real-time processing and distribution of satellite data. The Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) instrument is of particular interest as the data is available independent of clouds and light conditions. From 1995 TSS is a shareholding company, partially owned by the Norwegian Space Centre and the Swedish Space Corporation/Earth Observation Division.
The receiving capabilities cover L-band (1700 MHz), S-band (2200 MHz), and X-band (8 GHz). The main activities at TSS include acquisition, processing and distribution of SAR and ATSR data from the ERS-1 satellite, SAR data from the Japanese JERS-1 satellite, and data from the NOAA satellites. TSS also operates a Local User Terminal (LUT) as part of the COSPAS-SARSAT Search and Rescue System. In addition, TSS also gives telemetry support to rocket launches from the Andoya Rocket Range.