Microsoft, SpaceX Team Up to Bring Cloud Computing to Space

Posted on Oct 20 2020 - 1:33pm by Newsfeed


Microsoft aims to make its Azure cloud technology available and accessible to humans anywhere on Earth—and potentially humans off world, too.

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced Azure Space, a series of partnerships with space-related companies and satellite providers, most notably an agreement with SpaceX to use the company’s coming Starlink satellite constellation to bring high-speed, low-latency satellite broadband capabilities to customers in the most remote environments. Starlink satellites will serve as a conduit for data between Microsoft’s traditional data centers and partnered ground stations and the company’s modular data centers, which can securely store, compute and analyze data in areas where traditional high-speed communications are unavailable.

Microsoft also announced an expansion of its existing Azure Orbital partnership with satellite telecommunications company SES to further extend connectivity between its cloud data centers and edge devices.

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