Posted On: Sep 23, 2020

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announces expansion of AWS Ground Station to the Africa (Cape Town) region. This is now the seventh region within the AWS Global Infrastructure Network and the second region in the Southern hemisphere to offer AWS Ground Station.  

AWS Ground Station is a fully managed service that lets you control satellite communications, process satellite data, and scale your satellite operations. Global expansion to the Africa (Cape Town) Region now enables satellite owners and operators to connect with their satellites and process their space workloads more frequently. A low-latitude AWS Ground Station Region reduces the time between contacts for Low-Earth Orbit satellites and offers increased utility for customers whose operations require downlink in this range. Governments, businesses, and universities can benefit from this more timely satellite data to make more precise, data driven decisions.  

Customers can easily integrate their space workloads with other AWS services in real-time using Amazon’s low-latency, high-bandwidth global network. Customers can stream their satellite data to Amazon EC2 for real-time processing, store data in Amazon S3 for low cost archiving, or apply AI/ML algorithms to satellite images with Amazon SageMaker. With AWS Ground Station, you pay only for the actual antenna time that you use.  

AWS Ground Station is available today in US West (Oregon), US East (Ohio), Middle East (Bahrain), EU (Stockholm), Asia Pacific (Sydney), EU (Ireland), and Africa (Cape Town) with more regions coming soon. To learn more about AWS Ground Station, visit here. To get started with AWS Ground Station, visit the AWS Management console here.