AWS India Private Limited has entered into a strategic Memorandum of Understanding with ISRO and IN-SPACe to facilitate space-tech innovations using cloud computing. This partnership aims to provide access to cutting-edge cloud technologies for space startups, research institutes, and students, thereby speeding up the development of innovative solutions in the space industry.
Under this partnership, AWS, ISRO and IN-SPACe will:
- Work collaboratively to nurture and grow the startup community in the space-tech sector.
- AWS will provide eligible space startups tools, resources, and expert technical support at no cost through the AWS Activate program.
- This will enable startups build innovative solutions and commercialise them faster.
- Startups will also benefit from access to AWS and its global experience of building aerospace and satellite solutions through the AWS Space Accelerator program.
- The three organisations will also collaborate on a new initiative to train students and educators in cloud computing, AI, ML, analytics, and security, by leveraging AWS education programs.
- This initiative will enable students to pursue industry-recognized cloud computing certifications, and build future space startups in India using advanced technologies.
Speaking on the Space sector and solutions, Shalini Kapoor, Director and Chief Technologist, Public Sector, AWS India and South Asia stated, ‘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 and 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.’
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, she added.
AWS’s educational programs on cloud computing in conjunction with ISRO’s expertise in space technology will serve as a source of inspiration to the next generation, encouraging them to pursue a career in India’s rapidly expanding 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,’ said Sudheer Kumar N, Director, Capacity Building and Public Outreach, ISRO.
‘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, Promotion Directorate, IN-SPACe.
The recent approval of the Indian Space Policy, 2023, by the Government of India has paved the way for three-way collaboration. This collaboration is a significant milestone in the growth and development of India’s space program and its ambitions.
The three-way collaboration follows the recent approval of the Indian Space Policy, 2023, by the Government of India. The policy provides a strategic roadmap for the growth and development of India’s space program and ambitions. The availability of high-speed internet, high-quality Earth observation data, and advanced Internet of Things communication systems present numerous opportunities for startups, scientists, and researchers to drive innovation on a large scale, utilizing cloud computing, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.