Azure Orbital Ground Station
Rapidly ingest data from space into the cloud with a satellite ground station service
Connect your satellites to Azure
Azure Orbital Earth Station provides low-latency connection between your satellites and Azure. Extend satellite communications coverage with a global partner ecosystem of earth station networks, cloud modems, and telemetry, tracking, and control functions.
Select from a global network of Microsoft and partner antennae, and scale as you grow your satellite fleet.
Streamline satellite management
Access an extensive ecosystem of cloud-based services, earth stations, and virtual modems through the Azure platform.
Secure your network
Rely on resilient and security-enhanced earth stations for sending and receiving data from your satellite.
Connect on demand
Pay only for what you use with any antenna in the global network.
Speed up data processing with direct cloud connection
Downlink data from a satellite and quickly ingest it directly into Azure for seamless use with Azure services such as Azure Storage, Azure AI, and Azure Data Analytics.
Connect satellites through an extensive partner network
In addition to using Microsoft's earth stations, take advantage of a rich ecosystem of partner options from industry leaders such as KSAT and others to schedule contacts with your satellite systems.
Seamlessly process data with accelerated software modems
Process your signal using integrated high-speed software modems or leverage partner offerings for signal, image processing, and calibration through Azure Marketplace.
Comprehensive security and compliance, built in
Microsoft invests more than USD 1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.
We employ more than 3,500 security experts dedicated to data security and privacy.
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Communicate with satellites at a per-minute rate
Azure Orbital Earth Station provides free backhaul of satellite data from any site to any region. Schedule contacts with satellites on a pay-as-you-go basis.
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Frequently asked questions about Azure Orbital Earth Station
Azure Orbital Earth Station colocates Microsoft earth stations in or near Azure datacentres. You're also able to use partner earth stations to ingest data in Azure. If you're interested in becoming a earth station partner, please contact us.
Azure Orbital Earth Station helps schedule contacts with Non-Geostationary Earth Orbit satellites (NGSO), which include Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites.
Azure Orbital Earth Station allows you to bring your satellite data into your cloud environment, where data is securely delivered to your virtual network. There you can leverage any Azure service such as Azure AI, Azure Machine Learning, Azure DevOps, and Azure Storage.
Azure Orbital Earth Station provides a 99.9% SLA. See SLA details.
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Azure Orbital Earth Station Supplemental Terms and Disclaimers
In addition to your agreement governing use of Microsoft Azure, including any service-specific terms for Azure Orbital Earth Station in our Product Terms, the following additional terms and disclaimers ("Azure Orbital Earth Station Supplemental Terms") apply to your use of Azure Orbital Earth Station. If there is a conflict between these Azure Orbital Earth Station Supplemental Terms and any other in your agreement governing use of Microsoft Azure, then these Azure Orbital Earth Station Supplemental Terms will govern and control for purposes of your use of Azure Orbital Earth Station.
1. Satellite Earth Station Access Disclaimer. Microsoft will file any necessary application(s) required by the Federal Communications Commission or other regulatory authority to enable your eligible satellite to access our licensed satellite earth station, in each case as set forth in your request(s). Microsoft will charge you a regulatory fee to defray programmatic costs associated with such application(s). Such fees are currently a flat fee across all jurisdictions. However, whether and which expenses Microsoft passes through may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and is subject to change. Accordingly, Microsoft may adjust fee and fee structure from time to time. Any lawyers retained by Microsoft for the purpose of preparing and filing such application(s) solely work for and on behalf of Microsoft agents, and do not and will not provide you with legal advice or represent you in any legal capacity. You should consult with your own counsel with respect to any legal questions you may have regarding this service and any related application(s). Microsoft does not guarantee a successful application outcome or that a decision will be made by authorities in any particular timeline.
2. Limitation of the Use of Special Temporary Authority. To expedite your access to services through earth stations in the United States, Microsoft may seek special temporary authorisation ("STA") from the Federal Communications Commission. If an STA is received, Microsoft will endeavour to convert such STA into a conventional modification of Microsoft's satellite earth station licence over time. Note that operations under an STA will not have the same level of regulatory protection from harmful interference as would be available under a conventional authorisation. Microsoft reserves the right to pursue similar regulatory options in other jurisdictions, where available, to expedite the provision of service, at its sole discretion. Microsoft doesn't guarantee the successful acquisition of conventional authorisations, temporary authorisations, or conversions of temporary authorisations to conventional authorisations. Microsoft isn't responsible for the scope or enforcement of any protection against harmful interference or other signal protection.
3. Azure Orbital Earth Station Eligibility/Application. Azure Orbital Earth Station is available only to qualified customers. Qualifications vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and may include (for example) documentation of space-station licensing, where applicable; documentation of market access or landing rights, where applicable; remote sensing authorisation, where applicable; and/or documentation the eligible satellite has completed ITU co-ordination, notification, and recording in the ITU master registry. Azure Orbital Earth Station does not include assistance from Microsoft in attaining national market access or landing rights, except with respect to the provision of information regarding our satellite earth station. Depending on the jurisdiction, additional information may be required from you to enable Microsoft to complete any necessary application required to enable your satellite to downlink to Microsoft's licensed satellite earth station. You agree to co-operate with a Microsoft representative in collecting necessary information and in responding in a complete and timely manner to any follow-up information request from regulatory agencies or other stakeholders. By subscribing to Azure Orbital Earth Station, you represent to Microsoft that you meet the qualifications required in your jurisdiction.
4. Microsoft v. Partner Site Selection. Microsoft Azure Orbital Earth Station leverages a network of earth stations owned by Microsoft or its programme partners. Microsoft may provide advice on the stations (or combination of Microsoft and partner stations) to provision your services depending on the specific geographic coverage and frequencies you request.
5. Compliance Responsibilities. Without limiting any legal or regulatory compliance obligations elsewhere in your agreement governing use of Microsoft Azure, you are fully responsible for:
a. Complying with any limitations, restrictions or conditions that may apply to your regulatory authorisation in any country in which you use Azure Orbital Earth Station.
b. Obtaining and renewing any licences or permissions in each relevant jurisdiction required for your use of the service, including underlying telecommunications authorisation, notification, or registration; underlying authorisation for earth observation; obtaining market access and the like.
6. Service Suspension/Termination. Without limiting any other right of suspension or termination under the your agreement governing use of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft reserves the right to terminate or suspend your access to Azure Orbital Earth Station if, in its sole discretion, Microsoft has reason to believe you breached any of these Azure Orbital Earth Station Supplemental Terms and or any of the licences or permissions required to use this service, or failed to secure or renew necessary authorisations. If your access to Azure Orbital Earth Station is terminated, then all rights and access to Azure Orbital Earth Station will terminate unless otherwise described in these Azure Orbital Earth Station Supplemental Terms, and all fees owed are immediately due as stated in the final invoice.
7. Terms Unique to the US Federal Government. If any provision of these Azure Orbital Earth Station Supplemental Terms or, if any provision incorporated by reference herein (a) allows for the automatic renewal of services and/or fees; (b) requires the governing law to be anything other than US Federal law; or (c) otherwise violates applicable US Federal law, then, such provision(s) shall not apply. If any provision of these Azure Orbital Earth Station Supplemental Terms, or incorporated by reference herein, contains an indemnification provision, such provision shall not apply as to the United States indemnifying Microsoft or any other party.