Amazon Web Services Selects 10 Companies for First Space Accelerator Program

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Space Accelerator has selected 10 companies for its four-week program that teaches business how they can grow using analytics technology and cloud computing.

“Today, I’m thrilled to announce the 10 startups we selected to take part in the first cohort of the accelerator: Cognitive Space, D-Orbit, Descartes Labs, Edgybees, Hawkeye 360, LeoLabs, Lunar Outpost, Orbital Sidekick, Satellite VU, and Ursa Space,” said Amazon CTO Werner Hans Peter Vogels in a blog post.

“These companies from the United States and Europe cover a wide range of space capabilities with impact here on Earth today, as well as on humanity’s approach to working and living in space in the future. We selected them out of more than 190 proposals from 44 countries—an inspiring metric of the breadth of ideas that are percolating around the world,” he added.

Below is a breakdown of the 10 companies that will participate in the four-week long program.

Cognitive Space: Offers AI-driven solution for near real-time dynamic mission management, collection planning & optimization, and revenue/performance capacity forecasting. (Houston, Texas)

D-Orbit: Provides solutions based on proprietary technologies that enable the optimization of operations both in orbit and on the ground through last-mile delivery of satellites, orbital transportation, space logistics, and space waste management. (Como, Italy)

Descartes Labs: Provides geospatial intelligence and analytics using satellite data. (Sante Fe, NM)

Edgybees: Uses computer vision, artificial Intelligence, and real-time video processing to enhance aerial video and imagery. (Gaithersburg, Md.)

Hawkeye 360: Provides radio frequency (RF) data analytics serves through the operation of a commercial satellite constellation. (Herndon, Va.)

LeoLabs: Offers commercial tracking and monitoring services for low Earth orbit to satellite operators worldwide through its own global radar network. (Menlo Park, Calif.)

Lunar Outpost: Focuses on developing autonomous robots that have both Earth and space applications. (Golden, Colo.)

Orbital Sidekick: Establishing a space-based infrastructure of hyperspectral sensors to provide monitoring services and solutions to the energy industry and other sectors. (San Francisco, Calif.)

Satellite VU — Offers high-resolution thermal imagery and insights on human-created structures. (Walton-On-Thames, UK)

Ursa Space — Provides business and government decision-makers access to on-demand analytic solutions through its radar satellite network and data fusion expertise. (Ithaca, NY)

“Over the next four weeks, we’ll immerse these companies in the cloud with hands-on technical training in capabilities like machine learning and high performance computing. We’ll provide them each with up to $100,000 in AWS Activate credit to experiment with how they can transform their data and operations in the cloud. Further, to help specialize, they’ll have the chance dive deeper during workshops into services such as AWS Robomaker for robot developers, AWS IoT Greengrass for managing IoT applications, and AWS Ground Station for communicating with satellites and managing satellite data,” Vogels said.