AWS Announces New Business Segment to Benefit Indian Space Sector
The achievements in the Indian space technology industry have been remarkable this year. Now, with the support of the Indian government, the private companies are successfully moving forward in this sector. Amid the increasing public-private partnerships in the technology industry, Amazon Web Services (AWS), an IT Service Management Company, announced a new business segment for India.
The ‘Aerospace and Satellite Solutions’, which would soon be brought to India, would help in reimagining space system architectures and launch new initiatives in the country. It would then process large amount of space, providing a secure solution that is both scalable and cost-effective, for government-sponsored missions and companies.
The experts believe that AWS has tapped on the multi-billion opportunity, announcing the new business segment.
The AWS Ground Station that provides global access to satellite owners and operators for their space workloads is already in use by NASA’s Jet Propulsion. The same ground station network could also help users to download huge amount of data and upload satellite commands and process it in the Amazon Cloud. Such a process would eventually cut off the ground station costs by more than 80 percent and even provide antenna access time on demand.
Teresa Carlson, Vice President for Public Sector and Regulated Industries, AWS, has put India on the priority list. She hopes that if the public-private partnerships continue, there is a possibility that companies might launch thousands of new satellites in the next five years, benefitting customers globally.
Speaking about the new business segment, Carlson said, “We’ll be listening to ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) and our partners in India in terms of what we can provide them, but from everything we know, they need a humongous data storage and to make sense of huge space datasets, they need edge computing and have to work on their virtual mission operations, just like NASA is doing.”
It was in May, when the Indian Finance Minister announced the involvement of private companies in Indian space sector to support building, launching satellites and develop space-based services. Hence, the private firms were given the authority to use ISRO’s facilities and relatable assets to add to their capabilities. Agnikul, Bellatrix Aerospace, Vesta Space and Pixxel remain some of the front running space technology-based start ups.
Presently, the Indian government has also been working on a new launch vehicle policy and space exploration policy. To move forward in this direction, the government introduced several amendments to make the existing Satellite Communication Policy and Remote Sensing Data Policy more transparent. ISRO chief, K Sivan, has supported the steps taken by the Indian government.
India’s share in the global space sector market, valued at $350 billion, is just 3 percent. Clearly, AWS’ deeper involvement through the new business segment would support the Indian space sector to achieve highest levels.