Amazon Web Services (AWS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ISRO and IN-SPACe. The new pact will support space-tech innovations through cloud computing. In a statement to the news agency IANS, the e-commerce giant said that the AWS collaboration with ISRO and the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) will help space startups, research institutes and students to access cloud technologies through AWS Activate for new solutions in the space sector.
In April, the government approved the Indian Space Policy which offers a strategic roadmap for the growth and development of India’s space programme using cloud computing, data, artificial intelligence and machine learning. The pact between Amazon and Indian space agencies was signed after the latest policy was approved.
What Amazon has to say about the partnership
AWS India and South Asia Director and Chief Technologist, Public Sector, Shalini Kapoor, said that Amazon is committed to helping startups identify use cases and accelerate solution development. The latest collaboration also aims to build a comprehensive talent pool in India that will have expertise in cloud and space.
“Cloud computing-led innovations enable the space industry to make better decisions, faster – pushing the boundaries of possibilities. We look forward to helping customers in India build space-tech solutions to make life on Earth better,” Kapoor noted.
What Indian space agencies said
ISRO Director for Capacity Building and Public Outreach Sudheer Kumar N mentioned that cloud computing will not only enable the faster management of large volumes of raw space data but will also run AI, ML and analytics workloads to achieve cost-effective outcomes.
The report also noted access to AWS and its global experience of building aerospace and satellite solutions through the AWS Space Accelerator programme will also benefit startups.
IN-SPACe Director, Promotion Directorate, Vinod Kumar said: “After Chandrayaan-3 moon landing and Aditya L-1 mission, it is time we leverage the limitless potential of space technology and cloud computing to propel India’s space sector to new heights. This partnership with AWS is a testament to that and through this, we aim to empower startups, students, and researchers to dream beyond the skies, drive innovation, and contribute to the global space industry,”
Amazon, ISRO and IN-SPACe are also expected to collaborate on a new initiative. Under this initiative, these organisations will also use AWS education programmes to train students and educators in cloud computing, AI, ML, analytics and security.
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