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

Each of the companies operate ground facilities already but will work with AWS Ground Station to augment operations. A ground station is a crucial link to transmit data from satellites in orbit, which are used in a wide variety of use cases, including weather forecasting, surface imaging, communications, and video broadcasts.

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. 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 objective instances, welcome news to partners with customers experiences some cloud sticker shock.

Jassy said this product was "something that originated out of customer input", with the likes of the European Space Agency, Jeff Bezos' own Blue Origin and the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab existing AWS customers. The 12 Ground Station antennas located around the world are located in proximity to AWS Global Infrastructure, which makes access to data fast and in real-time.

Lastly, AWS IoT Greengrass Connectors is a new feature for AWS IoT Greengrass that enables web and mobile developers to connect to third-party apps such as ServiceNow for service management and Splunk for log analytics.

According to AWS, customers can use AWS Ground Station on an as-needed, pay-as-you-go basis.

With this ability, developers can easily add more features like location-based services, replenishment, industrial data processing, alarm and messaging, fix and maintenance, logistics, and more, without writing code, AWS said.

AWS Ground Station has partnered with several satellite companies such as Lockheed Martin, Capella Space, Spire Global, DigitalGlobe and BlackSky.

Digital Globe Founder Dr Walter Scott, also CTO of Maxar Technologies, said, "Using AWS helps crunch data at speed and helps governments and companies use lossless data to study incidents and expand operations".

Furthermore, customers would need antennas in multiple countries to download data as ground stations need to wait for a satellite to pass over the desired location before being able to downlink.

Lockheed Martin Verge is now available in private beta for customers with satellites that support S-band frequencies and can downlink in the Denver, Colorado area.

AWS and Lockheed will integrate Verge (Virtual Resilient Ground)-the aerospace giant's low-priced, compact and turn-key solution for deploying ground antennas.

"We have ten antennas at present in the Denver area", he added. At present, there are about 2,000 satellites orbiting the earth, which is expected to rise to about 16,000 in the next 10 years.

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