AWS Ground Station

Easily control satellites and ingest data with fully managed Ground Station as a Service

AWS Ground Station is a fully managed 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. Satellites are used for a wide variety of use cases, including weather forecasting, surface imaging, communications, and video broadcasts. Ground stations form the core of global satellite networks.  With AWS Ground Station, you have direct access to AWS services and the AWS Global Infrastructure including a low-latency global fiber network. For example, you can use Amazon S3 to store the downloaded data, Amazon Kinesis Data Streams for managing data ingestion from satellites, and Amazon SageMaker for building custom machine learning applications that apply to your data sets. You can save up to 80% on the cost of your ground station operations by paying only for the actual antenna time used, and relying on the global footprint of ground stations to download data when and where you need it. There are no long-term commitments, and you gain the ability to rapidly scale your satellite communications on-demand when your business needs it.

Introduction to AWS Ground Station

How it works

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Benefits

Ground Station as a Service

AWS Ground Station provides a global network of ground stations in close proximity to our global network of AWS infrastructure regions. With AWS Ground Station, you no longer need to worry about buying, leasing, building, scaling or managing your own satellite ground stations.

Security you can trust

Security at AWS is the highest priority. As an AWS customer, you will benefit from facility and network architecture built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations. AWS Ground Station provides premium data security and physical security without any additional costs.  

Pay-as-you-go

With AWS Ground Station, you only pay for the actual antenna time you use. There are no long-term contracts, or hidden fees. With a single price, you can use any antenna in the global AWS Ground Station network.

Faster data downloads

With multiple antennas at each of our geographically diverse AWS Ground Stations you can downlink your satellite data directly into an AWS region for immediate processing. Our Ground Station scheduling interface allows you to get your data when you need it without scheduling delays or antenna conflicts.

Immediate data processing

AWS Ground Station provides satellite antennas in close proximity to AWS infrastructure regions, giving you low-latency and low-cost access to AWS services to store and process your data. This allows you to reduce data processing and analysis times for use cases like weather prediction or natural disaster imagery from hours to minutes or seconds.

Self-service scheduling

You can easily schedule Contacts with your satellite using the AWS Management Console and APIs. Once reserved, Contacts can be rescheduled or cancelled up to 15 minutes prior to start.

Building Blocks

Global Network of Antennas

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AWS Ground Station's global network of antennas lets you communicate with your satellite multiple times per orbit. You can downlink valuable satellite data to your AWS VPC within seconds of collection while commanding your satellites to execute the next mission. Earth Observation satellite operators can now refresh their archives with high-resolution imagery on a more regular basis to enhance monitoring and change detection applications that better support industries like forest monitoring and agriculture.  

Cross Region Data Delivery

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Cross Region Data Delivery lets you operate multiple simultaneous contacts using AWS Ground Station’s global antenna network from a single AWS Region. This means you pay only for the minutes of antenna access without incurring an additional charge for transferring data back and forth between regions to process. Using AWS's low-latency, high-bandwidth global fiber network you can collect real time weather data to evaluate changing climate patterns around the world.

Real-Time Processing

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You can begin processing your satellite data within seconds of reception at the antenna system. This enables you to turn raw data into processed information or analyzed knowledge within a matter of seconds. Today, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operators are leveraging this capability to develop intelligence for first responders to use during active search, rescue, and recovery operations.

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“Working with AWS and leveraging the global coverage provided by AWS Ground Station, we are redefining what is possible in the satellite industry and reducing the cost and time required for organizations to benefit from satellite data. Combining Capella’s automated and real-time approach to collecting Earth observation data with AWS’s proven infrastructure and unparalleled portfolio of services helps our customers achieve timely insights that can save lives and protect the health of the planet.”

Payam Banazadeh
Chief Executive Officer, Capella Space

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