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Amazon releases AWS Ground Station - the world's first terrestrial satellite receiving station

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AWS CEO Andy Jassy

What is the working principle?

For this new service, it works: Once a customer receives satellite data at a ground station, it can immediately process it in an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance and store it in the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) Use AWS analytics and machine learning services to gain insight and use Amazon's network to move data to other areas and processing facilities.

To get started with AWS Ground Station, you can schedule antenna access times and launch Amazon EC2 instances and satellite communications with just a few clicks in the AWS Management Console. No upfront payment or long-term commitment is required, no ground infrastructure needs to be established or managed, and customers pay for the antenna access time in minutes. The official website is: https://aws.amazon.com/ground-station.

Why is AWS doing this kind of "cloud" innovation?

AWS sees more and more businesses, universities, and government agencies using satellites for a variety of applications, including weather forecasting, surface imaging, and communications. To do this, customers must build or lease terrestrial antennas to communicate with satellites. This is a huge task and cost, because customers often need antennas from multiple countries, download data at the time and place they need, rather than waiting for the satellite to pass the desired location.

However, the antenna is only the beginning of the infrastructure requirements, because customers also need to be close to the antennaserver, storage and networks to process, store and transmit data from satellites. Customers must then build business rules and workflows to organize, structure, and route data to employees or customers before they provide insight. All of this requires significant capital and operating costs to build, manage, and maintain antennas, computing infrastructure, and business logic for each antenna location.

With AWS Ground Station, customers can save up to 80% on ground station costs by paying for antenna access on demand, and rely on AWS Ground Station's global ground stations to download data anytime, anywhere. Tracking and taking action based on the rapid movement of the ground, the recency of the data is especially important.

This timeliness depends on frequent communications between the ground station and the satellite, which can only be achieved by a large number of globally covered antennas that are in constant contact with orbiting satellites.

Where is the value?

When a fast-fed environmental event, geopolitical event, or news event is launched on the ground, AWS Ground Station customers can download current data to any of the 12 AWS ground stations around the world and quickly integrate with other AWS services. Store, analyze, and transfer data to keep up with fast changing conditions. With AWS and AWS Ground Station, customers can get timely data faster, experiment with new applications, and bring products to market faster, without the need to buy, lease, or maintain complex and expensive infrastructure.

Charlie Bell, senior vice president of AWS, said:

“Satellite data is very useful for building many important applications, but the infrastructure required to build and operate is super complex and expensive. A few years ago, our customers asked if we could eliminate this cost and complexity, the more we With this in mind, the more aware that AWS with global deployment has a unique advantage in addressing this challenge. Today, we enable satellite customers to dynamically expand the use of their ground station antennas based on actual needs. Moreover, they will Ability to receive data directly into AWS, where they can securely store, analyze, and transfer products to customers without having to worry about building all of their infrastructure."

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