Inuvik Satellite Station Facility

A view of the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility with two dish antennas and 2 buildings amongst the pine trees and snow. (Copyright 2012 Terry Halifax Photography)

The Government of Canada (GoC) established the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF) in 2010. It was built north of the Arctic Circle to take advantage of the strategic geographic location. Situated above the Arctic Circle, the Inuvik satellite station is uniquely positioned to track and receive data in real-time from polar-orbiting satellites for scientific, mapping, weather, surveillance and other purposes. To see the extent of the coverage, see our map.

The ISSF is located on land owned by the GoC and is administered by the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation, part of Natural Resources Canada (CCMEO/NRCan). CCMEO/NRCan manages the ISSF and is responsible for matters related to controlled activities as defined under the Remote Sensing Space Systems Act (RSSSA). CCMEO/NRCan is collaborating with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. to further develop the site and offer common services at the facility.

The ISSF currently hosts four antennas; one owned by the GoC through CCMEO/NRCan; one owned by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR); one owned by SSC (formerly the Swedish Space Corporation); and one owned by a partnership between SSC and Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES).

NRCan owns the infrastructure:

  • A 13-metre diameter antenna that can provide Reception and Telemetry, Tracking and Control (TT&C) services. 
  • An operations building for use in the maintenance and control of the GoC antenna with space to support additional infrastructure.

The antenna is operational for RADARSAT-2, NEOSSat and SCISAT. It will be able to support current and future satellites presently under development including:

NRCan is in the process of expanding the Inuvik facility. Interested national and international entities may contact Robert Gould, Head, Ground Segment and Data Infrastructure ( for further information and technical details.

A dish antenna with the aurora behind it. (Copyright 2012 Terry Halifax Photography)