Amazon Web Services forms a commercial business unit that is attentive to space operations.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) intends to deliver cloud services to the space industry via its business unit known as the Aerospace and Satellite Solutions. The vice president of the global public sector at AWS, Teresa Carlson, stated that they are ready yo serve their customers’ needs despite their location. She said this in a virtual conference held on the 30th of June this year. Teresa reiterates that they want to link the services they offer to both the earthbound and space-based customers so that the decisions they take to cater to their needs irrespective of their position.

AWS revealed that the former Air Force Major General, Clint Crosier, will head this business unit in space. Clint Crosier is a public figure for leading and directing the US Space Force’s formation and operations.

Some of the targeted customers for this AWS cloud services in space are firms like Capella Space (a synthetic radar developer), Maxar Technologies, Lockheed Martin, and Geocollect (a Geospatial information gatherer and analyst firm). The AWS Aerospace and Satellite Solutions business unit developed the AWS Ground Station in 2018 to link space and earth. This station’s center of attention utilizes its connection of ground antennas to connect communication services among the satellites in space.

AWS outlines the details of its cloud services as securing satellite linking, helping in local mission operations, state-of-the-art computing services, image clarification, among other vital applications that space scientists and researchers need.

This move by Amazon Web Services into the space industry will spark a healthy competition with Microsoft’s Azure cloud business. Azure was catching up with various satellite operator customers like Viasat, Inmarsat, SES, and Intelsat. Microsoft’s Azure won the Pentagon’s flagship Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud services deal in the previous year. This deal comes with a financial record amounting to $10 billion. Currently, AWS is competing for dominance in the cloud services industry.

Recently, Amazon has been championing all the space deals in the space industry. One of its visible successes is the Kuiper Project designed to facilitate high-speed broadband for the over 3000 constellations of satellites occupying the low Earth orbit. Additionally, it is worth noting that Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, has his own space exploration company called Blue Origin. This company is known after it deployed the New Shepard suborbital rocket. Blue Origin also intends to deploy the New Glenn rocket by 2021.

Finally, it is laudable to witness the growth of demand for space cloud services. The competition between these firms will boost the space industry to experience an exuberantly vast and unique technology. 

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Sarah Lacy

Sarah Lacy

Sarah Lacy is a reporter covering Amazon. She previously covered tech and transportation, and she broke stories on Uber's finances, self-driving car program, and cultural crisis. Before that, she covered cybersecurity in finance. Sarah's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico, and the Houston Chronicle.
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