Microsoft said on Tuesday that it is working with companies such as SpaceX, led by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, to target space customers.
The company stated in its blog that the cooperation with SpaceX Starlink will provide high-speed, low-latency satellite broadband for Microsoft’s Azure modular data center. With this new initiative, Microsoft’s goal is to “make Azure the platform and ecosystem of choice for meeting the mission needs of the space community.”
Microsoft has assembled a team of veterans in the space industry to work with product engineers and scientists to build cloud functions that meet the needs of space exploration. The company said: “Our areas of innovation include simulating space missions, discovering insights from satellite data, and driving innovation on the ground and in orbit.”
Microsoft also said that combining Azure’s high-performance computing, machine learning and data analysis capabilities, Resilient Satellite will provide new opportunities for public and private sector organizations.
The company said in the post: “Our approach is to provide multi-orbit, multi-band, multi-vendor, cloud-supporting functions to provide a comprehensive satellite connection solution to meet customer needs.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more companies are using their services to work from home, which has increased the demand for cloud computing companies.
SpaceX, known for its reusable rockets and astronaut capsules, is increasing Starlink’s satellite production. Starlink is a constellation composed of hundreds of Internet beam-forming satellites. Musk hopes that the satellite can generate enough revenue. Funding SpaceX’s interplanetary goals.
Earlier this month, SpaceX won a $149 million (approximately 11 billion rupees) contract to manufacture missile tracking satellites for the Pentagon, which is the government’s first contract to manufacture satellites.
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