The AWS Space Accelerator is a four-week business support programme that is open to space startups. The criteria for entry was “seeking to use AWS to help solve the biggest challenges in the space industry”.
Specifically, there will be “an intensive, four-week program with AWS Cloud and technical training to help them accelerate research, development, and growth using AWS.”
It is organised in collaboration with London-based Seraphim Capital (which has its own space accelerator programme), an investment group specialising in the space industry, who will provide business development and investment guidance.
As mentioned, one company from the UK was among the winners announced by Werner Hans Peter Vogels, the chief technology officer and vice president of Amazon.
Specialising in Earth Observation, Satellite VU provides highest resolution thermal imagery to monitor the temperature of any building on the planet “in near real time to determine valuable insights into economic activity, energy efficiency and carbon footprint”.
The ten chosen companies are: Cognitive Space, D-Orbit, Descartes Labs, Edgybees, HawkEye 360, LeoLabs, Inc., Lunar Outpost, Orbital Sidekick, Satellite Vu, and Ursa Space Systems.
Rob Desborough, a London-based Portfolio Director at Seraphim Capital, writes:
“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 covering early-stage to growth. We’re excited to be joining their rides over the next 4 weeks as they change the world!”
You can read the announcement online, here and here.
AWS Space Accelerator
Amazon announced the AWS Space Accelerator for startups back in March.
“Startups provide a catalyst for bold new experimentation in the space industry,” said Clint Crosier, director of aerospace and satellite at AWS at the time.
“We are proud to announce the AWS Space Accelerator as part of our ongoing commitment to help startups succeed, and to shape the future of aerospace. We look forward to helping the first cohort of companies launch and grow through this new program.”
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