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.