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FMI joins forces with ATLAS Space Operations

10 Nov 2018, 00:35 ( 6 Months ago)

DF Report
Press release photo by the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI).

The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) is further developing its Artic Space Centre to support both Finnish and international Earth observation satellite communications, said a press release issued by FMI.

Taking a big leap forward, the Finnish Meteorological Institute has entered into a co-operation agreement with ATLAS Space Operations, Inc. to provide polar orbit, ground station services to ATLAS' customers – adding an additional ground site to their global Freedom Ground Network.

FMI will begin support for ATLAS' partner, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), collecting Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite data downlink.

Moving forward, this international collaboration aims to further enhance our knowledge of the Artic environment and improve weather forecast accuracy on a global scale.

"Public-Private-Partnership enables cost efficient and flexible collaboration between national institutional offices" said Jyri Heilimo, Head of FMI Arctic Space Centre.

Satellite ground stations are costly investments. Collaboration such as this maximizes the efficiency of the investments for all parties, in particular the satellite operators as customers.

"Establishing this partnership with FMI is a critical step in the advancement of ATLAS's capability in the Arctic for supporting polar orbiting spacecraft" said Mike Carey, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer for ATLAS Space Operations.

FMI Arctic Space Centre operates satellite ground station is Sodankylä, Northern Finland. The northern location above Arctic circle, enables Arctic Space Centre to provide excellent support or polar orbiting satellites. FMI Arctic Space Centre operates also National Satellite Data Centre that archives Earth Observation data, disseminates satellite data and provides data processing services to Finnish users and international partners.