AWS, Lockheed Partnership Brings Satellites Down to Earth

Amazon Web Services announces its own custom-designed ARM server processor

AWS launches custom-built Arm-based Graviton CPU

It's possible that the Graviton chips could become Amazon's processors of choice for its cloud servers in the near future because the new electronic circuitry units support the latest versions of the internet retailer's main EC2 cloud-computing service, according to Bloomberg.

Earlier today at re:Invent, AWS launched AWS Ground Station, a ground-breaking new service that makes it easy and cost-effective for customers to download and use data from satellites.

The company is making its Graviton parts available to AWS customers immediately, via the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) platform. "To rule real-world application use cases you need to make maps and real-time spatial data available in an easy-to-consume, real-time and affordable way", Mueller told TechCrunch.

AWS claims it can save up to 80 percent by using an on-demand model over ownership.

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Spark is one of the major carriers in New Zealand and the first to file a request to start using the next-gen connectivity. Australia also raised objections to the use of Huawei equipment for its new 5G mobile network infrastructure.

Amazon's founder and largest shareholder, Jeff Bezos, is well known for his interest in the final frontier, and he privately owns space company Blue Origin. Then if you uplink and downlink that data you need to write business objects and scripts and workflows to take and analyse that data and use it in applications. "We are changing this scenario with AWS Ground Station", Jassy explained.

Preview partners include BlackSky, HawkEye, Open Cosmos, Lockheed Martin and Digital Globe, from which cofounder and CTO Dr Walter Scott also spoke on stage. First up were A1 instances powered by Amazon's new 64-bit ARM-based Graviton processor (yes, AWS is now designing silicon) which it says will offer up to 45 percent cost savings compared with Amazon EC2 general goal instances, welcome news to partners with customers experiences some cloud sticker shock.

Billions of people across the world rely on satellites for a variety of applications, including weather forecasting and communications. Guardian built a data lake on AWS and Amazon EMR to support its anticipated data growth and analytics strategy. A ground station is the vital link for transmitting data to-and-from satellites in orbit. The service, called AWS Ground Station, works in much the same way as Amazon's well-established business for tapping computing capacity via the cloud.

The service's development environment will enable developers to start application development with a single click in the AWS Management Console, and automatically provisions the underlying infrastructure, downloading, compiling and configuring of the operating system, development software and ROS. "And, they will be able to ingest data straight into AWS, where they can securely store, analyze, and transmit products to their customers". The company will be using Lockheed Martin's low-priced, ground-based antennas to capture satellite data.

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