AWS Makes Foray Into Satellite Technology
Leading eCommerce platform and cloud provider Amazon is marking its foray into satellite technology!
Satellite Service Providers
It is a known fact that getting satellite information back to Earth can be very troublesome than it actually looks. This makes large satellite service providers run their own ground stations at a cost of up to USD 1 million.
Likewise, small service providers opt for stringent long-term contracts to make use of existing ground stations.
As a solution, the American tech-giant introduced its space launch startup Blue Origin, which aims to bring down expenses on space activities and make them more advantageous.
The new worldwide ground station will unify Amazon’s cloud services and Founder Jeff Bezos’s interest for space.
Interestingly, the cloud computing giant has struck a partnership with Lockheed Martin to come up with pay-as-you-packages for satellite operators. Following this partnership, satellite proprietors can lease time off Amazon-managed ground stations to send and get information from the orbit.
According to Lockheed Martin Space Executive VP Rick Ambrose, this amalgamation is intended to be disruptive and bring down cost barriers to market entry.
The AWS Ground Station will function from the same premise with an indistinguishable preface from the company’s cloud computing offerings.
The technology will be greatly beneficial to individuals who have to cover unique events including catastrophic events, extreme climate and nevertheless sporting events. Lockheed Martin is targeting organizations and government offices, which have satellites in low Earth Orbit that gather imagery. They make up for 63 percent of dynamic satellites.
Rather than building a ground station or getting into a long-term contract, users can take advantage of AWS Ground Stations’ pay-as-you-go approach.
When users opt for AWS Ground Station they will require a satellite NORAD ID aka Satellite ID, FCC Permit data and AWS account number. What’s more? Users can gain admittance to a ground station without prior approval for an extraordinary occasion (listed above).
In an event when users require access to a ground station all the time to catch Earth perceptions or broadcast content across the world, they can simply save capacity and pay even less.
Additionally, they don’t have to assemble or worry about radio wires and can shift focus to research work.
The following Amazon tools and interfaces will be used in the delivering Amazon Ground Station services:
- Amazon Kinesis Data Streams – Streaming including capturing, process, and storing information streams
- Amazon Rekognition – Processing including image analysis and Amazon SageMaker to manufacture, train and convey ML models
- Amazon Redshift – Analytics/Reporting which includes storing processed information in an organized data warehouse center from Amazon Athena and Amazon QuickSight for doubts
- Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) – Storage spanning storing information in object shape with Amazon Glacier for long-term archival storage
This entire process starting from with the earliest stage will now be possible on versatile, pay-as-you-go framework.
An industry examiner says that in spite of the fact that the Amazon-Lockheed association guarantees noteworthy new services, the jury is still out on whether it will be an inadequate achievement.
This industry expert trusts that “the consistent service across one supplier for downlink, storage, and data processing will display an intriguing dynamic”, as the AWS idea puts “key bits of the value chain for high-information volume, and any enhancement meanwhile getting information, processing it and conveying it to client valuable.”
As per a NASDAQ report, AWS also won an agreement from Iridium Communications (IRDM) to build up a satellite system called ‘CloudConnect‘ for the Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
With all these proceedings Amazon looks to be touching the galaxy already!