The first 10 companies to participate in the Amazon Web Services accelerator program for space-focused startups target territories ranging from low Earth orbit to the surface of the Moon and Mars.
Today’s announcement is a continuation of the AWS Space Accelerator presentation in March. Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels said the 10 companies were selected from more than 190 submissions from 44 countries.
“These companies from the United States and Europe cover a wide range of space capabilities impacting here on Earth today, as well as humanity’s approach to working and living in space in the future.” wrote in a blog post.
Over a four-week span, companies will receive hands-on technical training in machine learning, high-performance computing, and other tools in the cloud computing industry. They will hear from mentors on business development and investing, and receive $ 100,000 in AWS Activate credit for cloud services.
“As we like to say at Amazon, ‘speed matters,’ and our goal is for these startups to come out on the other side of their brief four weeks prepared to make an even bigger footprint in the space industry,” said Vogels.
Some of the startups have fewer than 20 employees, while others have more than 100. They also come from a variety of places in the funding round timeline, from seed to Series C. Here’s the full rundown :
- Cognitive space, based in Texas, offers scalable constellation management for satellite operators leveraging cloud technology and artificial intelligence.
- Orbit D, which was founded in Italy and has a subsidiary in Great Britain, focuses on space logistics and transportation services, including in-orbit data storage and processing.
- Descartes Laboratories is a New Mexico-based geospatial intelligence company that analyzes remote sensing data and imagery for applications ranging from military intelligence to mineral exploration.
- Edgybees. Based in Maryland, it provides instant situational awareness for aerial video and imagery, using an augmented reality platform that is suitable for first responders at a disaster scene.
- HawkEye 360 is a Virginia-based data analytics company that uses satellites to monitor radio frequency activity for government and commercial applications.
- LeoLabsbased in California, it specializes in precision tracking of space debris in low Earth orbit, using machine learning analytics and its phased ground radar network.
- Lunar outpost is a Colorado startup that is developing fully autonomous robots and other technologies that will allow a widespread human presence on the surface of the moon and Mars.
- Orbital companion, based in California, combines high-resolution hyperspectral satellite imagery and machine learning algorithms to detect changes in data sets and provide useful information for industries including energy, environmental monitoring, and defense.
- Satellite Vu is a British company on a mission to solve climate change by monitoring thermal emissions from man-made structures around the world.
- Ursa space, based in New York, provides on-demand data analysis to clients using geospatial intelligence and Earth observation data.
AWS Space Accelerator is a collaboration between the aerospace and satellite solutions business segment of Amazon Web Services and the British company Seraph capital.
Space-based cloud applications have attracted more interest from AWS in recent years, as evidenced by the establishment of the aerospace unit and AWS Ground Station, a cloud-based platform for satellite control. Amazon is also working on a constellation of broadband satellites known as Project Kuiper, an effort that complements AWS’s focus on the high frontier.