Amazon Web Services announced Tuesday the creation of a new business unit dedicated to the global aerospace and satellite industry. This new segment could open up new revenue streams for the cloud computing giant as public and private organizations launch more space missions.
The new segment will be led by General Clint Crosier, a former air force member who led the U.S. Department of Defense’s efforts to create the U.S. Space Force, the newest branch of the U.S. armed forces. In addition to providing cloud computing services, Amazon said the new business unit will help organizations build space system architectures and launch new services that process space data on Earth and in orbit.
“We are in the most exciting time since the Apollo missions,” Crosier said in a statement. “I’ve seen AWS transform the IT industry over the past decade and play a key role in so many space milestones. I am honored to join AWS in continuing to transform the industry and propel the space enterprise forward. »
Developing a space business
In addition to the creation of the U.S. Space Force, the United States has taken other recent steps that underscore its commitment to space missions, such as partnering with private company SpaceX to launch the first U.S.-manned space flight in nine years. The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has also partnered with other private entities, such as Virgin Galactic. On Tuesday, Amazon specifically cited the Artemis project – NASA’s project to unite “the first woman and the next man” by 2024 – as evidence of NASA’s commitment to “developing a sustainable commercial space economy.”
Meanwhile, as AWS noted, a number of companies are about to launch “thousands of new satellites over the next five years to provide detection capabilities to customers around the world.” Use cases include the provision of low-latency internet, Earth observation services and Internet of Things services.
Amazon has already gained a foothold in the industry and counts among its customers entities such as NASA, Lockheed Martin and Geollect, which provides geospatial marine intelligence. The company also said Tuesday that Capella Space, which provides Earth-on-demand observation data via satellite radar, operates its entire it infrastructure on AWS.
Two years ago, AWS launched the ground station, a fully managed service that provides satellite owners and operators with global access to their space workload. The service is used by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), among other customers.