Amazon`s Cloud arm AWS enters lucrative satellite data market

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Each of the companies operate ground facilities already but will work with AWS Ground Station to augment operations.

Uplinking and downlinking satellite data, AWS says, is bound to get cheaper. It also offers additional ROS packages that connect to AWS services, making it easier to build robots, add intelligent functions, simulate and test robotics applications, and manage and update fleets of robots.

Amgen uses AWS's breadth of functionality, including compute, storage, database, analytics, and machine learning services, to support the development of new applications and to automate processes in the cloud. "Spire has built one of the world's largest ground station networks ... and now imagine that Amazon does all of that and the only thing that Spire does is rents capacity on the ground station".

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AWS IoT Core Service Delivery Partners develop connected device solutions that are optimized for cost, reliability and performance.

On the other hand, Lockheed Martin Verge customers will be able to upload satellite commands and data through AWS Ground Station as well as quickly download data over the high-speed AWS Ground Station network.

AWS CEO Andy Jassy pointed out that they hadn't really considered a service like this until they had customers asking for it. "Customers said that we have so much data in space with so many applications that want to use that data. Our commitment to our highly regulated customers and helping them leverage the latest AWS Cloud services is a driving force behind this achievement", said Suresh Venkatachari, Chief Executive Officer of 8K Miles.

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Customers and partners now previewing the AWS Ground Station are Lockheed Martin, Digital Globe, HawkEye, Advanced Space, Open Cosmos, Black Sky, Capella Space and others.

"We process more than a third of mortgage applications in the United States, and use AWS to help us deliver on our mission of the true digital mortgage, so lenders can achieve compliance, quality, and efficiency", said Satheesh Ravala, Senior Vice President, Cloud Engineering and Operations at Ellie Mae. Lockheed Martin's satellite receiver is the size of a shoebox, and lets customers have them in multiple locations, to download satellite data whenever required. These firms have reportedly signed up for AWS Ground Station. Today, there are thousands of satellites orbiting the earth and collecting data, including Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, which are ideal for collecting data for Earth observation and currently comprise about 63 percent of the active satellites now in orbit, according to United Nations data. The resulting product, Lockheed Martin Space EVP Rick Ambrose said, would be a "low-cost, resilient solution" for customers to downlink satellite data.

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