AWS for Aerospace and Satellite (A&S) Solutions

Enabling successful space missions with the cloud

Amazon Web Services (AWS) helps commercial and government customers build satellites, conduct space and launch operations, and reimagine space exploration. Our reliable global infrastructure and unmatched portfolio of cloud services position AWS to equip organizations in the private and public sector to process and transform space collections into data, make that data actionable and accessible to customers around the globe, and redefine how organizations transform the space market segment. With the AWS Cloud, customers are accelerating space missions, removing barriers to innovation on Earth, and inspiring future generations.

Introduction to AWS Ground Station

What's new

On Mars, powered by the cloud: Mars 2020 rover launches

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched its Mars 2020 rover—Perseverance, which will explore Mars for past signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for return by a future mission. All images returned from the mission will be hosted on the Amazon Web Services Cloud.

Amazon Web Services unveils new space business segment

The world is entering an exciting new age in space. New companies have moved into the space business and are launching more satellites and human missions into orbit than ever before. AWS introduces our new business segment dedicated to helping the global aerospace and satellite industry and welcomes its new leader.

Capella uses space to bring you closer to Earth

Capella runs its entire IT infrastructure on AWS to automate and scale its operations, including satellite command and control using AWS Ground Station. Combining Capella’s Earth observation solution with AWS’s infrastructure and services helps customers achieve timely insights that can save lives and protect the health of the planet.

Mission: Exploring Earth to space

Far above the clouds, one of the fastest growing missions for the public sector is taking place. Technological advances and open data initiatives provide new paths to explore space, impacting our lives here on Earth. From satellites to rovers, cloud computing and cloud-enabled technologies help us find answers to our biggest questions.

Earth observation using AWS Ground Station

Recently, new instrumentation aboard satellites such as radar now allow us to “see” through clouds, allowing observation of any part of the Earth. The reliable, repeatable, and accurate data now flowing from satellites is opening up the reality of operational services powered by satellite imagery.


Most experience.

For over 14 years, AWS has delivered cloud services to millions of customers around the world running a wide variety of use cases. We have the most operational experience, at greater scale, of any cloud provider. Multiple aerospace and satellite customers work with AWS to drive innovation in space.

Most functionality.

AWS has significantly more services than other cloud provider with more than 175 fully featured services for a wide range of technologies. AWS also has the deepest functionality within those services.

Virtual AWS Ground Station.

AWS Ground Station is the only fully managed cloud service that lets you control satellite communications, process data, and scale your operations without having to worry about building or managing your own ground station infrastructure.

Industry-leading AI and ML.

AWS offers the broadest and deepest set of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) services. AWS provides the most comprehensive storage, networking, analytics, and security capabilities to build, run, and manage ML applications in production.

Largest community of partners.

The AWS Partner Network (APN) includes thousands of systems integrators who specialize in AWS services and tens of thousands of independent software vendors (ISVs) who adapt their technology to work on AWS.

Maxar uses AWS to deliver forecasts 58% faster than weather supercomputer

"With the fast networking speed provided by AWS, we accomplished what many IT experts considered impossible."

Stefan Cecelski
Data Scientist, Maxar Technologies

Case studies


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is using unsupervised learning and anomaly detection to explore the extreme conditions associated with solar superstorms.


Listen to SpaceFlight Industries discuss how it used AWS to build satellites, construct ground stations, and more to deliver value to customers.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses Amazon CloudFront to keep citizens informed of eclipses and hurricanes.

Lockheed Martin

Aerospace and defense firm Lockheed Martin migrated its SAP HANA relational database management system, which stores and retrieves SAP application data, to the cloud.


Learn how Maxar (formerly DigitalGlobe) moved 100 petabytes of satellite imagery data to the cloud. See how they apply Amazon SageMaker to handle machine learning at scale.

Get started

It's easy to get started with Amazon Web Services. Just sign up for an AWS account or contact a public sector account representative to learn more.