Microsoft launches new platform to bring its cloud to space

Microsoft partners with SpaceX to create a cloud network based on space satellites

The two companies plan to connect Starlink's high speed and low-latency satellite broadband with Azure's new Modular Data Center (MDC) for achieving their goal.

Microsoft in recent months has tested its Azure cloud with satellites in space, and in September unveiled its Azure Space venture, tapping into the demand for data-heavy space services.

Microsoft and SpaceX announced a partnership Tuesday that would marry the tech leader's Azure computing system with space company's Starlink satellite Internet service. Azure Space is aimed explicitly at industries that don't want to invest in the infrastructure required to process and analyze the data collected by satellites.

"With Azure Space we have ambition to make space connectivity and compute increasingly attainable across industries including agriculture, energy, telecommunications, and government".

If Azure Space has emerged as a direct competitor to cloud-service providers, including Amazon Web Services, the company is also launching Azure Orbital Emulator.

It comes after Amazon's Cloud arm AWS launched the "Aerospace and Satellite Solutions" business segment in July, dedicated to accelerating innovation in the global aerospace and satellite industry.


Microsoft said that as a part of this partnership Azure Space coupled with SpaceX plan to deliver satellite connectivity between field-deployed assets and cloud resources across the globe to both the public and private sector via SpaceX's Starlink satellite network.

Building on the existing Azure Orbital partnership with SES, Microsoft will support its O3B Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellation O3b MEO, to extend connectivity between our cloud datacenter regions and cloud edge devices.

Microsoft said it will mostly be used for customers "who need cloud computing capabilities in hybrid or challenging environments, including remote areas".

Using the Azure Orbital Emulator, it will be possible to create complex protocols and train AI algorithms to coordinate the operation of interconnected satellites, taking into account the available software and hardware, which will ensure optimal network coverage.

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