Viasat Real-Time-Earth ground station

The Centre for Appropriate Technology’s (CfAT) wholly owned commercial subsidiary CfAT Satellite Enterprises partnered with global communications company Viasat on a commercial satellite ground station at CfAT’s Heath Road premises in Alice Springs.

The ground station, owned by CfAT Satellite Enterprises and leased to Viasat, forms part of Viasat’s global Real-Time Earth system providing low-latency, affordable remote sensing satellite data to paying users on demand. It joins a number of similar ground stations that are operating in other parts of the world as part of the network.

Global and domestic customers includes governments and companies across numerous industries including environmental services, shipping, oil and gas, and more.

The commercial arrangement provides another income stream for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned CfAT to support its key focus of delivering essential infrastructure to remote Aboriginal communities.

Get in touch with CfAT Satellite Enterprises via the links below to:

  • see how you can access data through the Viasat service
  • explore opportunities to host your southern hemisphere ground station at CfAT Satellite Enteprises’ Alice Springs facility.

Further information

CfAT Satellite Enterprises website
Viasat partners with the Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd and Indigenous Business Australia to build a Real-Time Earth ground station in Australia


Last updated: 28 April 2022

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