AWS Names 10 Startups To Join Space Accelerator Program; Werner Vogels quoted
Amazon Web Services has selected 10 startups from the United States and Europe to study and develop space cloud technologies that can be applied to the launch and delivery of spacecraft, electronics and robotics, hardware and spacecraft software as well as Earth observation efforts.
Companies will receive up to $ 100,000 each in AWS Activate credit and four weeks of training with advanced cloud computing technologies through the AWS Space Accelerator, Werner Vogels, CTO at Amazon, wrote in a blog post on Thursday.
The program aims to solve a series of environmental and economic problems facing humans. Vogels said the data collected through small satellites could potentially support climate studies, wildlife conservation, crop yields and water security.
As an example, Vogels cited how Fireball International uses company services to detect forest fires within three minutes of the start of an incident. This job requires Fireball to process 2.5 million images per day on the AWS platform.
“Commercial satellite operators are embracing technologies such as machine learning that help automate the enrichment and analysis of large amounts of data,” he said.
AWS selected the 10 startups from a pool of 190 proposals. The winners are:
- Cognitive space
- Descartes Laboratories
- Hawkeye 360
- Lunar outpost
- Orbital Acolyte
- Satellite view
- Ursa Space