The space industry, the new growth area for the cloud
Amazon has launched a cloud service, Aerospace and Satellite Solutions, aimed at players in the space industry.
More and more companies have made the leap into Earth’s orbit. Advances in telecommunications systems invite the placement of more satellites and infrastructure in this strip of space close to Earth. And in many cases these systems need cloud services to support their operations. To capitalize on this need, Amazon has created Aerospace and Satellite Solutionsas a branch of its AWS cloud division.
It is not the only company targeting space companies. microsoft it has also redoubled its efforts in this field. your platform azure cloud has gained several sizeable clients in this emerging market. They are the satellite operators Intelsat, Inmarsat, SES and Viasat.
The initiative of these two cloud giants is part of the growing interest in the space market. As more and more private companies have entered this field, the need for services increases. Furthermore, the lower cost of launching satellites and putting infrastructure into orbit has expanded this type of business.
AWS’s new business segment, Aerospace and Satellite Solutions, is quite a statement of intent. It is based on the conviction that more and more we will need information from space for decision making in different fields. This information will become precious, will have value and can be monetized. And cloud services are key to the correct management of this information.
It is not the first step that Amazon takes in this direction. Jeff Bezos’ company is possibly the best positioned to take advantage of the need for cloud services from space. Not only because of its market dominance. The firm has moved before any other to create a business structure with which to approach this sector.
Before the creation of the Aerospace and Satellite Solutions segment, AWS had already created Ground Station. This service allows the flexible rental (pay per use) of Amazon base stations to operate satellites. Thus, it introduces a new concept in a sector as apparently immobile as the provision of services to the space industry.
It is still a measure to get closer to the non traditional private sector that assaults the space. These new players are not like space agencies or satellite giants, which work with fairly rigid contracts in terms and duration. New companies are looking for more flexibility and promote competition in the provision of services.