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Watching satellites

Someone can see you, and it's not God. In Svalbard, this ground station can download all kinds of information – such as the length of a beard in the Middle East.


[space industry] We drive past high ridge edges, up into the snow, up the mountain. You see neither satellite

one or the antennas from Longyearbyen. And then, all of a sudden, they show up: Six giant and a few smaller footballs spread across a large, flat area.

Greyish-white sky is falling over us. There are optimal conditions here at the top of the world.

No other ground station can receive absolutely all signals from the satellites that pass the pole points. Here, the information is downloaded, processed and forwarded to satellite owners and other customers around the world. The satellites can. . .

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