Microsoft launches Azure Space alongside SpaceX partnership

Joanna Estrada
October 22, 2020

Starlink satellite network, on the other hand, is a network of low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites that aims to provide satellite internet connectivity to the parts of the Earth wherein internet connectivity is scarce. The aim of Azure Space is to connect satellites and services from the public and private sectors, including the agriculture, energy, and telecommunications industries, as well as the government.

"By partnering with leaders in the space community, we will extend the utility of our Azure capabilities with worldwide satellite connectivity, unblock cloud computing in more scenarios and empower our partners and customers to achieve more", said Tom Keane, corporate vice president for Microsoft Azure Global in a new blog post (via GeekWire).

"These new connectivity partnerships bring more satellite capabilities alongside Azure Orbital ground station service and existing ExpressRoute satellite provider partnerships with SES, Intelsat and ViaSat to help bring valuable customer data from geosynchronous orbit (GEO) satellites directly into Azure", Keane announced.

Bezos, whose space company Blue Origin is aiming for a debut launch of its New Glenn rocket in 2021, plans to deploy a satellite constellation rivaling SpaceX's Starlink dubbed Project Kuiper, a proposed network of 3,236 satellites. Of course, the company still has a ways to go, but Microsoft's Azure technology will help.

Unveiling the Azure Space cloud computing platform, Microsoft said it is taking the next giant leap in cloud computing - to space.

SpaceX already has hundreds of Starlink satellites out in space, but only enough to provide its service in a handful of locations.

To tap Amazon's power in the cloud computing segment, Microsoft found a strong ally: SpaceX.

As part of the announcement, Microsoft shared the news of its partnership with SpaceX in relation to Starlink. Many are also seeing this move as a way for Microsoft to compete with Amazon, as the megacorporation offers a similar service through AWS.

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