Amazon Web Services takes cloud to space

Amazon Web Services takes cloud to space

Amazon Web Services takes cloud to space

Today, many customers are turning to AWS compute-optimized C5 instances and GPU-powered P3 instances for some of the most compute intensive workloads in the cloud, said the vendor.

"AWS RoboMaker provides prebuilt functionality to support robotics developers during their entire project, making it significantly easier to build robots, simulate performance in various environments, iterate faster, and drive greater innovation", Barga added.

With plans for a network of 12 antenna ground stations in AWS regions around the world, AWS says its customers will be able to download, process, store, analyse and act upon satellite data quicker with substantial cost savings.

AWS Ground Station is dubbed a fully managed network of ground station antennas around the world in close proximity to AWS infrastructure regions.

AWS is building out its new Ground Station network with an initial pair of hubs with the intent to have 12 in operation by the middle of next year, Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr said in a separate AWS blog post. A ground station is the vital link for transmitting data to-and-from satellites in orbit.

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Lockheed Martin has developed the Verge Antennae network to support the capture and delivery of satellite data to AWS.

"Together, AWS and Lockheed Martin are providing satellite operators increased flexibility, resiliency, and scale in a complete connectivity solution, ground architecture, and cloud environment for integrated satellite and data management operations", said Rick Ambrose, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Space.

AWS Ground Station is partnering with several satellite companies, including Spire Global and BlackSky. "AWS gives us an unmatched set of cloud services and a highly reliable infrastructure to work with as we continue to build solutions that provide borrowers and lenders with the best digital loan experiences". They can rely on AWS's global footprint of ground stations to downlink data when and where they need it, says AWS.

That's why AWS has partnered with Lockheed Martin to create a small, one-square-foot antenna that will form the core of a network of multiple antennae across the world to pick up data from satellites. The company will be using Lockheed Martin's low-priced, ground-based antennas to capture satellite data. "These are then sent to the cloud for processing". Companies can identify which satellite to interact with from a chosen ground station, and data can be downlinked and uplinked. Amgen Inc. is a biotechnology firm that uses computer simulations and data analytics to aid the development of a range of medical drugs that are used to prevent infections in patients undergoing cancer and treat other conditions. Further, customers often require antennas in multiple countries and USA locations to download data when and where they need it without waiting for the satellite to pass over a desired location.

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