Amazon Web Services launches satellite business

Isaac Cain
November 30, 2018

(AWS), an Amazon.com company, and Lockheed Martin announced a strategic collaboration to integrate the new AWS Ground Station service with Lockheed Martin's new Verge antenna network.

"They will be able to ingest data straight into AWS, where they can securely store, analyse, and transmit products to their customers without needing to worry about building all of the infrastructure themselves", said Bell.

Using AWS Ground Station will allow us the flexibly to further scale our business quickly and focus on providing data and analytics that deliver insights into the parts of the world where collecting data is notoriously hard. The service, Jassy hopes, will allow customers to download data from satellites into AWS Global Infrastructure Regions more easily and inexpensively.

AWS said it can use this data to track and protect endangered animals.

As of this week, AWS has a pair of ground stations and will have 12 in operation by mid-2019. "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.

Executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Rick Ambrose said that his company would develop a network of low-priced ground-based antennas that could help deliver the new service.

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The data retrieved from satellites will be stored in Amazon's private cloud, and Amazon is partnering with some satellite companies including DigitalGlobe, Spire Global, HawkEye360 and BlackSky to boost the growing market of satellite-related business.

Pricing is typically flexible, charged per-minute of downlink time, with an option to pre-pay for blocks of minutes, something AWS asserts could save customers 80 percent on their current ground station costs. Lockheed Martin Verge will be available in private beta today for customers with satellites that support S-band frequencies and can downlink in the Denver, Colorado area. There are no long-term contracts or hidden add-on fees.

At present, customers wait for satellites to pass over a certain location, with existing ground infrastructure. 'I've been interested in Arm server processors for more than a decade so its super exciting to see the AWS Graviton finally public, it's going to be exciting to see what customers do with the new A1 instances, and I'm already looking forward to follow-on offerings as we continue to listen to customers and enhance the world's broadest cloud computing instance selection.

"Leading companies in financial services like Ellie Mae turn to AWS for the agility, security, performance, and cloud services required to operate at scale and with speed", said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS.

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