Dongara Satellite Station

29º 03' South, 114,9º East

USN Western Australia satellite station

Location and capabilities

The Dongara Satellite Station also called the “Pete Thomas” Facility, is located in Western Australia, 29.2º south of the equator, 250 meters above sea level and approximately 400 kilometers northwest of Perth. From this advantageous position, the Dongara Satellite Station provides orbit raising and daily pass support to both polar and low-earth orbiter (LEO) missions. When this station is used in combination with SSC's Punta Arenas station in Chile, unmatched coverage opportunities are available for polar orbiting missions.

The site’s support capabilities also include geostationary (GEO) orbit raising operations, first acquisition of the launch vehicle and spacecraft telemetry at orbit insertion/deployment. The Dongara Satellite Station is part of the Universal Space Network’s GEO orbit raising network which also includes the Santiago Satellite Station and the South Point Satellite Station.

Antennas and basebands

The Dongara Satellite Station is owned, operated and maintained by SSC’s US-based subsidiary, SSC Space US, and primarily serves the US Government and commercial customers. 

The station offers three independent antennas with capabilities for Telemetry Tracking & Command (TT&C) and data downlink services that support multiple frequency bands including S-Band (up and down), X-Band (up and down), Ka-Band (up and down) and Ku-Band (up and down). The ground station includes an operational building which houses system electronics and data processing equipment. Space is also available on site to host customer-owned antenna equipment.


Dongara Satellite Station

Contacts - Satellite Management Services

Leif Österbo
Satellite Management Services
Tel. +46 8 627 64 10

Dan White
Executive Vice President Americas
Tel. +1 310 721-2294

Patrik Melvås
Executive Vice President Europe,
Middle East, Africa
Tel. +46 8 627 6228

Alf Öskog
Business Development Director Asia, Pacific
Tel. +46 70 3322170