About Microsoft and partner ground stations

Microsoft ground stations

Microsoft owns and operates five ground stations around the world.

Diagram shows a world map with the five Azure Orbital Ground Station sites labeled.

Our antennas are 6.1 meters in diameter and support the following frequency bands for commercial satellites:

Ground Station X-band Downlink (MHz) S-band Downlink (MHz) S-band Uplink (MHz)
Quincy, WA, USA 8025-8400 2025-2110
Longovilo, Chile 8025-8400 2200-2290 2025-2110
Singapore 8025-8400 2200-2290 2025-2110
Johannesburg, South Africa 8025-8400 2200-2290 2025-2110
Gavle, Sweden 8025-8400 2200-2290 2025-2110

In addition, we support public satellites for downlink-only operations that utilize frequencies between 7800-8025 MHz.

Partner ground stations

Azure Orbital Ground Station offers a common data plane and API to access all antenna in the global network. An active contract with the partner network(s) you wish to integrate with Azure Orbital Ground Station is required to onboard with a partner. Once you have the proper contract(s) and regulatory approval(s) in place, your subscription is approved to access partner ground station sites by the Azure Orbital Ground Station team. Learn how to request authorization of a spacecraft and configure a contact profile for partner ground stations.

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