Amazon Web Services (AWS), a major player in the cloud computing industry, has entered into a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe). This collaboration aims to support space-tech innovations through cloud computing, opening up exciting possibilities in the space sector.
Cloud Computing Empowering Space Innovation:
Shalini Kapoor, Director and Chief Technologist, Public Sector, AWS India and South Asia, emphasized that cloud computing-led innovations can significantly enhance the space industry by enabling quicker decision-making and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. AWS is committed to assisting startups in identifying use cases, accelerating solution development, and nurturing a talent pool in India specialized in cloud and space technologies.
The partnership will provide space start-ups, research institutions, and students access to state-of-the-art cloud technologies, facilitating the rapid development of new space solutions. Cloud computing will streamline the management of vast volumes of raw space data and support AI, machine learning (ML), and analytics workloads, all in a highly cost-effective manner.
Supporting the Space Startup Ecosystem:
ISRO, IN-SPACe, and AWS will collaborate to foster and expand the startup community within the space-tech sector. AWS will extend support to eligible space startups through the AWS Activate program, offering tools, resources, and expert technical assistance at no cost. This support aims to accelerate the development and commercialization of innovative space solutions. Additionally, startups will gain access to AWS’s global expertise in building aerospace and satellite solutions through the AWS Space Accelerator program.
India’s Ambitious Space Goals:
Vinod Kumar, Director of the Promotion Directorate at IN-SPACe, highlighted the importance of leveraging space technology and cloud computing to elevate India’s space sector to new heights. After the successful Chandrayaan-3 moon landing and the Aditya L-1 mission, this collaboration underscores India’s commitment to empowering and facilitating the private space sector. It aims to harness the limitless potential of space technology and cloud computing for the benefit of India and the global space community.