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Amazon Invests in Indian Space Tech Startups, Partners with ISRO

AWS announced that it successfully ran a suite of AWS compute and machine learning (ML) software on an orbiting satellite, in a first-of-its-kind space experiment.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) will engage with the nation's space start-ups and support the space industry in data management in an effort to capitalise on the multi-billion dollar opportunity in the Indian space sector.

The experiment, which has been running for the past 10 months in low Earth orbit (LEO), was created to examine a quicker, more effective way for users to gather and evaluate important space data directly on their orbiting satellites.

Customers can now automatically analyze huge volumes of raw satellite data in orbit and only downlink the most useful images for storage and additional analysis, cutting costs and enabling quick decision-making. This is possible thanks to the first deployment of AWS edge capabilities onboard an orbiting satellite.

Utilizing AWS AI/ML services enables real-time inferences on-orbit and reduces image size by up to 42% for faster processing.

Two of AWS's international space partners, D-Orbit and Unibap, worked together to specifically address these issues as they relate to satellite operations. The internet behemoth is also considering using cloud technology to invest in and support the Indian space industry.

India is a sizable market, and the country already leads the world in space launch missions. We wish to support the nation in the management of its space data. Due to the limited data infrastructure in space, processing space data close to where it is collected can be difficult. India can definitely use the cloud for its space missions, according to Clint Crosier, Director of AWS Aerospace and Satellite.

According to Morgan Stanley, the global space industry is anticipated to reach over $1 trillion by 2040, offering enormous opportunities for businesses of all sizes to accelerate scientific advancement and enhance life on Earth. According to statistics provided by the Indian government, India's share is less than 3%.

Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology, MoS PMO, Space, and Atomic Energy, stated in October that Indian StartUps would soon test their rockets and launch space satellites as well as satellite constellations.

Dr. Fredrik Bruhn, chief evangelist for digital transformation and co-founder of Unibap, stated: "We want to help customers quickly turn raw satellite data into actionable information that can be used to disseminate alerts in seconds, enable onboard federated learning for autonomous information acquisition, and increase the value of data that is downlinked." Users will be able to gain more timely insights and optimise how they use their satellite and ground resources if they have real-time access to AWS edge services and capabilities in orbit, according to Bruhn.

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