Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Amazon adds antenna service for satellite data; courts space industry

Amazon adds antenna service for satellite data; courts space industry

AWS plans to have 12 stations in operation by the middle of 2019. A ground station is a crucial link to transmit data from satellites in orbit, which are used in a wide variety of use cases, including weather forecasting, surface imaging, communications, and video broadcasts. Apart from easier access to data, the service will also help reduce costs by up to 80 per cent. Achieving the AWS Service Delivery designation for AWS IoT Core further underscores Klika Tech's ability to help customers develop market-ready products and solutions by leveraging the agility, breadth of services, and pace of innovation that AWS provides. We have made a decision to have 12 Ground Station antennas around the world. We look forward to continuing our work with Guardian as they move to AWS, closing the last of their data centers by the end of this year and looking ahead at ways they can leverage our services, including machine learning and analytics, to continue to evolve their business.

For space agencies and companies, AWS Ground Station will be "a game changer in how people can interact with satellites", Jassy said. CEO of AWS Andy Jassy took to Twitter after the announcement, saying AWS has passed the ARM-based energy savings on to its customers, "reducing them by up to 45% for scale-out workloads".

Customers and partners involved in the Ground Station preview included Lockheed Martin, Open Cosmos, HawkEye360 and DigitalGlobe, among others. "Not what you expected", was how he concluded the first announcement of a very niche Ground Station-as-a-service solution for the satellite industry.

"With this new system, the image will be crystal clear and this will be crucial for application in autonomous vehicles", Scott said. "We provide direct access to AWS services and AWS Global Infrastructure, including our low-latency, global fibre network right where your data is downloaded into our AWS Ground Station". For AWS customers in the government or regulated industries, this includes the AWS GovCloud and Secret Regions that carry the full range of data classifications, including Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret. Their satellite receivers will connect directly to AWS Ground Stations, managing data downloads in real time and meeting unexpected demand.

Lockheed Martin said that with almost 16,000 new satellites expected to be launched in the next decade, the solution could exponentially decrease costs attached to the data processed from them.

AWS and Lockheed will integrate Verge (Virtual Resilient Ground)-the aerospace giant's low-priced, compact and turn-key solution for deploying ground antennas. The company says general availability and expansion to the higher frequency X-band will be announced in the future.

AWS also announced a strategic collaboration with Lockheed Martin to integrate the new AWS Ground Station service with the global security and aerospace giant's new "Verge" antenna network.

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