How AWS Ground Station Works - AWS Ground Station

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 narrowband RF data in S-band (2200 to 2300 MHz) or X-band (7750 to 8400 MHz) at bandwidths up to 54 MHz.

    • S-Band RF data is digitized and provided as a digital stream in VITA-49 Signal Data/IP format.

    • X-Band intermediate frequency (IF) data is digitized and provided as a digital stream in VITA-49 Signal Data/IP format.

  • You can receive wideband demodulated/decoded data in X-band (7750 to 8400 MHz) at bandwidths up to 500 MHz

    • X-Band intermediate frequency (IF) data is demodulated, decoded, and provided as a digital stream in VITA-49 Extension Data/IP format.

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

    • The RF data is provided to AWS Ground Station as a digital stream in VITA-49 Signal Data/IP format.

  • You must run AWS Ground Station from an AWS Region that supports AWS Ground Station. To see a list of supported regions, see the global infrastructure Region Table.

  • You can deliver data to an EC2 instance running in the same region as the antenna, or you can use cross-region data delivery to send your data from an antenna to an EC2 instance in your preferred AWS Region. The following antenna-to-destination regions are currently available:

    • US East (Ohio) Region (us-east-2) to US West (Oregon) Region (us-west-2)

    • US West (Oregon) Region (us-west-2) to US East (Ohio) Region (us-east-2)

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