Space startups selected for the Amazon Web Services accelerator
The selected companies are Cognitive Space, D-Orbit, Descartes Labs, Edgybees, Hawkeye360, LeoLabs, Lunar Outpost, Orbital Sidekick, Satellite VU and Ursa Space
WASHINGTON – Amazon Web Services announced on June 10 that it has selected 10 US and European space startups for a four-week acceleration program where companies learn how to grow their business using cloud computing and analytics technologies.
The selected companies are Cognitive Space, D-Orbit, Descartes Labs, Edgybees, Hawkeye360, LeoLabs, Lunar Outpost, Orbital Sidekick, Satellite VU and Ursa Space.
“We selected them from over 190 proposals from 44 countries,” Werner Hans Peter Vogels, CTO of Amazon, said in a statement. Press release.
The acceleration program is managed by AWS Aerospace and Satellite Solutions and UK-based venture capital firm Seraphim Capital. AWS Aerospace and Satellite is a new Amazon company formed in 2020 to work with government agencies and the space industry. Startups are an important part of AWS cloud and ground station services.
“New players in the space industry face challenges similar to those of their public sector counterparts,” said Vogels. “Data is at the center of everything. “ Commercial satellite operators “are adopting technologies such as machine learning that help automate the enrichment and analysis of large amounts of data,” he added.
- Cognitive space, based in Houston, manages the constellations services to satellite operators.
- D-Orbit, based in Italy, is a logistics and space transportation services company.
- Descartes Laboratories, based in New Mexico, is a geospatial intelligence and analysis company.
- Edgybees, based in Maryland, uses augmented reality software to enhance video and aerial imagery.
- Hawkeye360, based in Virginia, is a commercial satellite operator and data analytics company that uses radio frequency signals to track activities such as maritime security and crisis response.
- LéoLabs, Based in California, tracks space debris in low Earth orbit using advanced machine learning analytics and a ground-based phased radar array.
- Lunar outpost, based in Colorado, is developing autonomous robots to allow an extended human presence on the surface of the Moon and Mars.
- Orbital Acolyte, based in San Francisco, develops space surveillance services using hyperspectral satellite imagery and machine learning algorithms.
- Satellite VU, UK, is working to monitor thermal emissions from man-made structures around the world to help track climate change.
- Ursa Space, based in Ithaca, New York, provides geospatial intelligence and Earth observation data.