Amazon looks to space to expand its cloud-computing business

Amazon looks to space to expand its cloud-computing business

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Amazon said its Web Services ground station is used to communicate with satellites.

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Amazon is giving a big push in space technology. The e-commerce giant said on Tuesday that its cloud computing arm, Amazon Web Services, is adding a new space business segment called Aerospace and Satellite Solutions.

“We find ourselves in the most exciting time in space since the Apollo mission,” said Major General Clint Crossier of the retired US Air Force, who will be the pioneer in the section, in a blog post. Crosier previously directed the plans for the American Space Force.

Amazon said the new unit plans to offer a wide range of cloud-computing services, including data processing in orbit and supporting government space missions.

The e-commerce giant has expanded its reach in the space business in recent years. In 2018, Amazon Web Services said it supported NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as well as satellite operators Iridium Communications and Spire Global.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns space company Blue Origin, said last year that Amazon is in the early stages of Project Kuiper, which aims to provide broadband Internet worldwide by launching more than 3,000 satellites into space. .

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