Microsoft to launch satellite solutions: connect to Azure cloud services
Microsoft is working hard to provide Amazon with some competition as it seeks to provide a service that connects satellites to its cloud computing service Azure. According to media reports, at the beginning of this month, Microsoft’s proof-of-concept demonstration of the service was approved, which will connect Azure to the ground station that the company will build.
According to documents submitted by the company to the FCC last month, Microsoft plans to connect a Spanish imaging satellite called Deimos-2 to two ground stations in Washington. The FCC document stated that the company’s purpose is to demonstrate its ability to “download satellite data directly to the Azure cloud for immediate processing .”
The ground station is also called the earth station, which is an important link for data transmission between the orbit and the satellite. Quoting another document, Microsoft hopes to demonstrate before, during, and after the Ignite conference for IT professionals that starts on September 22.
This development is taking place at a time when competition between Amazon’s cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft is becoming increasingly fierce. AWS, which is rapidly expanding its influence in the space industry, announced a new division called AWS in June for aerospace and satellite solutions.
AWS said it already has extensive experience in supporting commercial and government customers in designing satellites and conducting space flights. The company said its cloud service portfolio can help organizations process and transform large amounts of data from space, and then quickly analyze the data to make it feasible.
After Microsoft has won a $10 billion joint enterprise defense infrastructure or JEDI cloud computing contract, Amazon vowed to continue its complaint last week. The contract was originally awarded in October last year.
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