Amazon Web Services (AWS) India Private Limited has entered into a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) to facilitate space-tech innovations using cloud computing. This collaborative effort aims to provide space startups, research institutions, and students with access to state-of-the-art cloud technologies, accelerating the creation of groundbreaking solutions within the space sector.
Developing Solutions for Urgent Problems
"Cloud computing-led innovations enable the space industry to make better decisions, faster - pushing the boundaries of possibilities, and AWS is committed to help startups identify use cases accelerate solution development, and build a strong talent pool in India with expertise in cloud and space. We look forward to helping customers in India build space-tech solutions to make life on Earth better," says Shalini Kapoor, Director and Chief Technologist, Public Sector, AWS India and South Asia. "We are at a pivotal time in India's space journey as the Indian government focuses on broadening and strengthening the country's capabilities in the aerospace and satellite industry," says Kapoor.
Boosting careers in space-tech
AWS educational programs combined with ISRO's expertise inspire future generations to pursue careers in India's thriving space sector.
"Advancing innovation in the space sector is a top priority for our nation as geospatial solutions have the power to deliver high-quality services for the good governance for citizens and add value to the stakeholders," Sudheer Kumar N, Director, Capacity Building and Public Outreach, ISRO
Clod computing facilities enable rapid handling of extensive space data, empowering AI, ML, and analytics workloads to deliver significant outcomes in a highly economical manner.
Supporting India's Space Objectives
ISRO, IN-SPACe, and AWS will jointly foster the space tech startup ecosystem. AWS will provide free access to tools, resources, and technical expertise to eligible space Startups through the AWS Activate program facilitating swift innovation and commercialization. Additionally, startups will also gain valuable insights and expertise from AWS 's global aerospace and satellite solutions through the AWS Space Accelerator program.
“After the Chandrayaan-3 moon landing and Aditya L-1 mission, it is time we leverage the limitless potential of space technology and cloud computing to propel India's space sector to new heights. IN-SPACe has continuously been striving to empower and facilitate the private space sector. This partnership with AWS is a testament to that and through this, we aim to empower start-ups, students, and researchers to dream beyond the skies, drive innovation, and contribute to the global space industry,” said Dr. Vinod Kumar, Director of promotion Directorate, IN-SPACe.
These three organizations will also join forces for a novel initiative aimed at educating students and educators in cloud computing. AI, ML, analytics, and security through the utilization of AWS educational programs. This initiative will empower students to pursue certifications in cloud computing that hold industry recognition and equip them to establish future space startups in India by using advanced technologies.