Amazon Announces AWS Ground Station

Recently at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, announced AWS Ground Station, a new service that makes it easy and cost-effective for customers to download data from satellites into AWS.

At AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services has announced AWS Ground Station - a new service exclusively for SMEs and Mid-size organizations, that makes it easy and cost-effective for the companies to download the data from satellites into AWS Global Infrastructure Regions using a fully managed network of 12 ground station antennas located around the world.
 
"Amazon EC2 made compute power accessible on a cost-effective, pay-as-you-go basis. AWS Ground Station does the same for satellite ground stations. Instead of building your own ground station or entering in to a long-term contract, you can make use of AWS Ground Station on an as-needed, pay-as-you-go basis." wrote Jeff Barr, Chief Evangelist for AWS.
 
Till now, the companies had to build these base stations themselves to get the data down from the satellites as they passed over the base stations on earth wherever those base stations happened to be. It required that providers buy land and build the hardware, then deal with the data themselves.
 
According to AWS, by offering this as a managed service, it will greatly simplify every aspect of the workflow and will save up to 80 percent on the cost of ground station operations by allowing companies to pay only for the actual antenna time used, and relying on AWS global footprint of ground stations to download data when and where you need it.
 
AWS Ground Station 
Source: AWS 
 
Each ground station is associated with a particular AWS Region; the raw analog data from the satellite is processed by AWS's modem digitizer into a data stream and routed to an EC2 instance that does the signal processing to turn it into a byte stream. Once the data is in digital form, AWS provides you host of streaming, processing, analytics, and storage options.
 
"You can use Amazon S3 to store the downloaded data, Amazon Kinesis Data Streams for managing data ingestion from satellites, Amazon SageMaker for building custom machine learning applications that apply to your data sets, and Amazon EC2 to command and download data from satellites." says the official website.