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Space startups selected for Amazon Web Services accelerator

10 Jun 2021, 14:29 UTC
Space startups selected for Amazon Web Services accelerator
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WASHINGTON — Amazon Web Services announced June 10 it selected 10 U.S. and European space startups for a four-week accelerator program where companies learn how they can grow their business using cloud computing and analytics technologies.
The companies selected are Cognitive Space, D-Orbit, Descartes Labs, Edgybees, Hawkeye360, LeoLabs, Lunar Outpost, Orbital Sidekick, Satellite VU and Ursa Space.
“We selected them out of more than 190 proposals from 44 countries,” Werner Hans Peter Vogels, Amazon’s chief technology officer, said in a news release.
The accelerator program is run by AWS Aerospace and Satellite Solutions and the U.K.-based venture investment firm Seraphim Capital. AWS Aerospace and Satellite is a new business Amazon formed in 2020 to work with government agencies and the space industry. Startups are a significant portion of AWS’s cloud and ground station services.
“The newer space industry players face similar challenges to their public sector counterparts,” said Vogels. “Data is at the center of everything.” Commercial satellite operators are “adopting technologies like machine learning that help automate enrichment and analysis of vast amounts of data,” he added.

Cognitive Space, based in Houston, provides constellation management services for satellite operators.
D-Orbit, based in Italy, is a space logistics and transportation ...

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