AWS Ground Station
User Guide

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How AWS Ground Station Works

A satellite reservation is also known as a contact. Your satellite communicates with an AWS Ground Station antenna during contacts. You can reserve contacts through an API or through the AWS console by specifying location, time, and mission information. Your contact data can be streamed to and from an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance. From there, you can process the data or pass it into an Amazon S3 bucket, where you can use other AWS services like Amazon Machine Learning (Amazon ML) or Amazon Rekognition for post-processing. This ensures control over your data.

You can create extensible and reusable configuration resources so that you have control over how AWS Ground Station antennas are configured during your contacts. Using mission profiles, you can specify where data is coming from, what its format should be, and where to send it.

With AWS Ground Station you can access more than 125 services via satellite communications. Note the following:

  • You can receive radio frequency (RF) data in X-band (8000 to 8500 MHz) or S-band (2200 to 2300 MHz) at bandwidths up to 54 MHz, called narrowband.

    • The X-Band data is down-converted to intermediate frequency (IF), digitized, and provided as a digital stream using RF-over-IP VITA 49 format.

    • The S-Band data is digitized and provided as a digital stream using RF-over-IP VITA 49 format.

  • You can receive RF data in X-band (8000 to 8500 MHz) at bandwidths up to 500 MHz, called wideband.

    • The X-Band data is down-converted to IF, digitized, demodulated, decoded, and provided as a digital stream using Baseband VITA 49 format.

  • You can transmit data in S-Band (2025 to 2120 MHz) at bandwidths up to 54 MHz.

    • The data is provided to the antenna as a digital stream using RF-over-IP VITA 49 format.

  • You must run AWS Ground Station from the US East (Ohio) or US West (Oregon) Regions.

  • Your EC2 instance must exist in the same AWS Region as the antenna.

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Important

This software is neither sold nor distributed to you and you may use it solely as part of the Services. You may not transfer it outside the Services without specific authorization to do so.

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