It was built 2003 by Tyco Telecommunications (Morristown, New Jersey, USA) for the Norwegian Space Centre. The earth/ground station on Svalbard is a key site for collecting remote sensing data from polar orbiting satellites, such as those from NOAA, due to its close proximity to the north pole (many of these satellites are polar orbitors; e.g. follow an orbit which almost crosses over the pole). It is operated as an extension of the main Norwegian ground station in Tromsø (the Tromsø Satellite Station, see Swedish Institute of Space Physics).
|Distance covered between Svalbard and Breivika||Distance covered between Breivika and Harstad|
|Segment 1 1375 km (172 km of this buried)||Segment 1a 61 km|
|Segment 2 1339 km (173 km of this buried)||Segment 2a 74 km|
The cable has three landing points located at: