Airbus Defence and Space has established a new purpose built Skynet secure military satellite ground station in Adelaide, Australia. The Australian facility extends an existing chain of teleports in France, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom and the USA, providing global coverage in both fixed and mobile satellite services. The new ground station managed by Airbus Defence and Space in partnership with Speedcast, is fully redundant and operates 24/7.
They have more than 25 antennas, ranging from 2.4m to 14m in size and are all locked on to the Skynet constellation of high powered X-band and UHF satellites, as well as commercial Ku-band assets. Skynet supports military satellite communications operations across the globe, especially in remote areas with little or no communication infrastructure and in mid-ocean, distanced from land and shipping lanes.
Airbus Defence and Space completed the move of the Skynet 5A military communications satellite to 95° East over the Asia Pacific region in September 2015. The relocation was initiated to extend the Skynet constellation’s coverage and services from 178 West to 163 East, including the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific region.