Microsoft Azure Space uses SpaceX to take on Amazon

Microsoft Azure Space uses SpaceX to take on Amazon

Back in July we reported that Amazon Web services were aiming for space business. It announced the introduction of a new business segment dedicated to the aerospace and satellite industry, and it will be this that Microsoft is competing with.

Anticipated market sectors identified by Redmond include agriculture energy, telecommunications and the public sector.

“At Microsoft we intend to make Azure the platform and ecosystem of choice for the mission needs of the space community,” said Tom Keane, corporate VP of Microsoft Azure Global.

Microsoft Azure Space uses SpaceX to take on Amazon

Announced partnerships include links with SES and SpaceX Starlink for the provision of high-speed, low-latency satellite broadband for a new Azure Modular Datacenter (MDC).


“Our innovation areas include simulating space missions, discovering insights from satellite data, and fuelling innovation both on the ground and in orbit.”

“Our approach is to supply a multi-orbit, multi-band, multi-vendor, cloud-enabled capability to bring comprehensive satellite connectivity solutions to meet the needs of our customers.”

You can read more about Azure Space on the Microsoft website.

Microsoft Azure Space uses SpaceX to take on Amazon

Above is an artist’s impression of the Azure Modular Datacenter, which can be transported and deployed almost anywhere, says the company.

“Microsoft designed the MDC to support high-intensity, secure cloud computing in challenging environments, such as situations where critical prerequisites like power and building infrastructure are unreliable. It is having Azure on your terms where you need it in a self-contained unit. The MDC provides organizations with capability to deploy a complete datacenter to remote locations, or to augment existing infrastructure with a field-transportable solution. The MDC can run primarily on terrestrial fiber, low-bandwidth networks, or be completely disconnected.”

Amazon Web services

Amazon’s said it aims to provide “secure cloud solutions to support government missions and companies advancing space around the world”.

It will also aim to launch new services that process space data on Earth and in orbit.

Images: Microsoft

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