Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partners with ISRO and IN-SPACe to Drive Space-Tech Innovation through Cloud Computing

Amazon Web Services (AWS), a major player in the cloud computing arena, has embarked on a transformative collaboration by signing 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 strategic alliance is poised to catalyze space-tech innovation through the limitless potential of cloud computing, ushering in a new era of possibilities within the space sector.

Shalini Kapoor, Director and Chief Technologist, Public Sector, AWS India and South Asia, underscored the profound impact of cloud computing-driven innovations on the space industry. This collaboration is set to empower quicker decision-making and extend the frontiers of what can be achieved in space technology. AWS is committed to nurturing a specialized talent pool in India, promoting cloud and space technologies, and assisting startups in identifying viable use cases while expediting solution development.

This partnership will offer space startups, research institutions, and students access to cutting-edge cloud technologies, expediting the development of innovative space solutions. Cloud computing will streamline the handling of vast repositories of raw space data and bolster AI, machine learning (ML), and analytics workloads in an exceptionally cost-effective manner.

ISRO, IN-SPACe, and AWS will join forces to cultivate and expand the startup ecosystem within the space-tech sector. Through the AWS Activate program, AWS will extend crucial support to eligible space startups, offering essential tools, resources, and expert technical guidance without charge. This support is geared towards accelerating the development and commercialization of groundbreaking space solutions. Furthermore, startups will gain invaluable access to AWS’s global expertise in building aerospace and satellite solutions through the AWS Space Accelerator program.

Vinod Kumar, Director of the Promotion Directorate at IN-SPACe, emphasized the pivotal role of space technology and cloud computing in elevating India’s space sector to new heights. Following the triumph of the Chandrayaan-3 moon landing and the Aditya L-1 mission, this collaboration underscores India’s unwavering commitment to empower and nurture the private space sector. It seeks to harness the boundless potential of space technology and cloud computing for the collective benefit of India and the global space community.