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Microsoft And SpaceX Partner To Connect Azure To Starlink Satellite Internet

On Tuesday 20th October 2020 Microsoft and SpaceX announced that they have reached an agreement to connect Azure cloud to Starlink satellite network. SpaceX marches towards its goal of high-speed internet that will be available for people everywhere in the world. It recently launched another set of satellites on 18th October 2020.

 

 

In the announcement, SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell said; “The collaboration that we’re announcing today will allow us to work together to deliver new offerings for both the public and the private sector to deliver connectivity through Starlink for use on Azure. Where it makes sense, we will work with [Microsoft]: co-selling to our mutual customers, co-selling to new enterprise and future customers.”

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In September 2020, Microsoft launched a new service called Azure Orbital. According to the company’s blog, Azure Orbital is a fully managed cloud-based ground station as a service that lets you communicate with your spacecraft or satellite constellations, downlink and uplink data, process your data in the cloud, chain services with Azure services in unique scenarios, and generate products for your customers.

 

The SpaceX and Microsoft partnership has been in the works for some time now, according to a CNBC report. Both companies built a software that connects Starlink’s network to Microsoft data centres. Microsoft is also partnering with SES, a satellite operator in Luxembourg.

 

Amazon is not letting Microsoft win without a fight in satellite cloud computing. Its cloud service, AWS offers satellite services and it is working on a project called Kuiper. This project involves launching about 3,236 satellites into orbit to provide internet connectivity.

 

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