Satellogic, an earth observation firm, stated on October 6 that it would manage its satellites as well as download data from space utilizing Amazon’s ground station service. The deal was revealed at 2021 GEOINT Symposium by Emiliano Kargieman, the Satellogic founder and director in charge of aerospace and space at Amazon Web Services Clinton Crosier. The agreement with Satellogic is an essential win for AWS, which does compete with Microsoft Azure for customers in the space industry who control constellations. Satellogic currently owns 17 commercial satellites in the low Earth orbit, with plans to expand to over 300 by 2025.
The ground station of Amazon is a managed service which does allow the satellite operators to ingest the satellite data and combine it with AWS apps and other data. Startups and commercial entities who do not want to invest in the ground infrastructure have flocked to the service. AWS pays operators solely for the capacity they utilize. Large-scale cloud computing is required by image and geospatial data suppliers. Satellogic is compiling a live Earth catalog and providing regular updates. According to the business, each spacecraft generates up to 50 gigabytes of data per day.
The volume of imagery downlinked is predicted to increase tenfold, necessitating “the necessity to spin up the ground station infrastructure and afterward scale it down slightly when resources are not needed,” according to a statement from Satellogic. Satellogic was created in 2010 in Argentina, with offices in numerous countries. Its headquarters are in Montevideo, Uruguay. In Canada and the United States, it is presently expanding.
In July, Satellogic announced its intention to go public through a combination with CF Acquisition Corp. V, a Cantor Fitzgerald-sponsored particular purpose acquisition company. Early in the 4th quarter of 2021, the acquisition is likely to be completed.
The cooperation with AWS, according to Matt Tirman, who serves as the president in charge of Satellogic North America, is another milestone in the firm’s expansion into government and commercial industries. Starting this week, GSA Advantage, an online tool used by the government agencies to purchase commercial products and services, will offer Satellogic’s images and data analytics capabilities. “They can purchase our imagery immediately based on a pre-approved rate plan and pre-approved licensing agreement,” Tirman explained.
Another business niche that Satellogic is investigating is space-based full-motion video. Multispectral and hyperspectral pictures, as well as full-motion videos, are produced by each of the company’s satellites. “At roughly 10 frames per second, we can capture a 60-second tape,” he claimed. Video from the space could be utilized instead of aerial drones to monitor regions, construct change detection models, or follow objects on the ground.