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Amazon Web Services launches AWS Ground Station service

Amazon Web Services Inc. launched AWS Ground Station, a new service that allows customers to control satellites from AWS and download data from satellites into AWS Global Infrastructure Regions using a fully managed network of ground station antennas.

After uploading satellite commands and data via AWS Ground Station, customers can download large amounts of data over the high-speed AWS Ground Station network, process it in an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud instance, store it in Amazon Simple Storage Service, apply AWS analytics and machine learning services to gain insights, and use Amazon's network to move the data to other regions and processing facilities, the company said May 23.

"Customers can rely on AWS Ground Station's global footprint to downlink data when and where they need it, get timely data, and build new applications faster based on readily available satellite data, without having to buy, lease, and maintain complex and expensive infrastructure," Shayn Hawthorne, general manager of AWS Ground Station, said in a statement.

AWS Ground Station does not require any up-front payments or long-term commitments, and does not need any ground infrastructure to build or manage. Customers pay-by-the-minute for antenna access time used.

Amazon Web Services is a unit of Amazon.com Inc.