Kiruna station is located at Salmijärvi, 38 km east of Kiruna, in northern Sweden. It hosts a 15-m antenna, KIR-1, and a 13-m antenna, KIR-2. Both operate in S-band for uplink and downlink and in X-band for downlink.
KIR-1 features autotrack and program track capability in S-band.
Both antennas provide routine support for satellites in low-Earth orbits (LEO) during their routine phases, and specialised support during the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP).
The station provides facilities for tracking, telemetry, telecommand and radiometric measurements in S-band. X-band reception is used for high-rate payload data for Earth observation missions such as the Sentinel satellites of the European Copernicus Programme and scientific missions such as ESA’s Integral orbiting observatory.