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Amazon Web Services launches AWS Ground Station, a cloud service for satellite operators

27 Nov 2018, 20:15 UTC
Amazon Web Services launches AWS Ground Station, a cloud service for satellite operators
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AWS Ground Station makes use of antennas developed for Lockheed Martin’s Verge network. (AWS Image)
Space is hard, and getting data to and from orbiting satellites can be even harder. Amazon Web Services just launched a new cloud service that will take advantage of its global network to make it easier for satellite operators to get their data back on earth.
AWS Ground Station is a new service that is “the world’s first fully managed ground station as a service,” AWS CEO Andy Jassy said Tuesday during a press conference. Ground stations are used by satellite operators to send data back and forth into orbit, and they require a specialized array of antennas, computing infrastructure, and networking that can be quite expensive for those operators to set up on their own.
AWS will make use of a network of ground stations at its facilities around the world that will allow users to move data very quickly from space into AWS data centers. We’re talking about large parabolic antennas that cost millions to build and maintain.
Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, announces the AWS Ground Station space service at re:Invent 2018. (GeekWire Photo / Tom Krazit)
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