Earth Observation Company Satellogic Expands Partnership With Amazon Web Services
Satellogic has 17 satellites in low Earth orbit and plans to increase its constellation to over 300 by 2025
ST. LOUIS – Earth observation company Satellogic announced on October 6 that it will use Amazon’s ground station service to monitor its satellites and download data from space.
Satellogic Founder Emiliano Kargieman and Amazon Web Services Aerospace and Space Director Clinton Crosier announced the deal at the GEOINT 2021 Symposium.
The deal with Satellogic is a significant victory for AWS, which competes with cloud rival Microsoft Azure for space industry customers who operate constellations. Satellogic has 17 commercial low-earth orbit satellites and plans to increase its constellation to over 300 by 2025.
Amazon’s Ground Station is a managed service that enables satellite operations to ingest satellite data and integrate it with applications and other data in the AWS Cloud. The service has attracted startups and business players who are unwilling to invest in their own ground infrastructure. Operators only pay AWS for the capacity they use.
Image and geospatial data providers need large-scale cloud computing. Satellogic creates a live catalog of Earth and provides daily updates. Each spacecraft generates up to 50 gigabytes of data per day, the company said.
The amount of downlink imagery is expected to be multiplied by 10, “hence the need to expand the infrastructure of the ground station and then reduce it when resources are not needed,” Satellogic said in a statement. .
Government market growth
Satellogic was founded in 2010 in Argentina and is headquartered in Montevideo, Uruguay, and has offices in several countries. It is now expanding in the United States and Canada.
In July, Satellogic announced its intention to go public through a merger with specialist acquisition company CF Acquisition Corp. V – a SPAC sponsored by Cantor Fitzgerald. The transaction is expected to be finalized at the start of the fourth quarter of 2021.
Matt Tirman, President of Satellogic North America, said News that the partnership with AWS marks another milestone in the company’s expansion into the commercial and government markets. Satellogic’s imaging and data analysis services starting this week are offered on GSA Advantage, an online service used by government agencies to purchase commercial products and services.
“They can purchase our images directly from a pre-approved price list and pre-approved license agreement,” Tirman said.
Full screen video in space is another market segment that Satellogic is pursuing. Each of the company’s satellites produces multispectral and hyperspectral images, as well as animated videos.
“We can get a 60 second clip at about 10 frames per second,” he said. Video from space could be used as an alternative to aerial drones to monitor areas, develop change detection models, or track targets on the ground.
“Where it gets very intriguing is when we start installing 60 to 200 more satellites over the next 24 to 36 months,” he said. “When you have all these different passes over an area, being able to do multiple collections of videos in motion, you’re going to be able to string together some really interesting time series models.”