Aerospace and Satellite Communications to drive growth in Cloud
Accelerating the growth of Cloud Service Providers with Aerospace and Satellite Communications
Over the last few years, the adoption of cloud services is gaining momentum. With the exponential amount of data generated every day, cloud services have become the top trends, accelerating the digital transformation in the future. The big techs, like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle, IBM and Google, are playing big to hold the reigns in cloud computing. Moreover, countries are trudging towards technological war, where cloud computing holds prominence. As all the sectors have ventured into cloud adoption, one area which is observed to be frontier in Cloud Services growth in Aerospace and Satellite Communication.
The data that is generated due to satellite communication and aerospace transmission exceeds its storing capacity. The ground station, which is responsible for harnessing, collating, and managing data, is not well equipped enough to render data management demands. As the aerospace sector is heavily governed by technological advancements and collects data from the different networks through Internet-of-Things (IoT), managing such data with traditional methodology has parochial scope.
Understanding the lucrative opportunity one can make through this unmanageable data, Amazon Web Services has initiated a US$10 billion Project Kuiper. Through this project, the company will launch 3,236 satellites to create jobs, infrastructure, and improved network across the USA’s households. Being one of its kind, this project becomes the first one to be approved by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Countries Stoking Aerospace with Cloud Services
It is common knowledge that the USA and China are abundant in technology. Like mentioned earlier, the ongoing trade war is being fought solely based on technology. However, over the years, the UK has emerged as the powerhouse of the aerospace industry. The UK’s aerospace sector, which is the second largest in Europe, has an annual turnover of 35 billion pounds, with 2,500 companies. The government document suggests that the Gross Value Added (GVA) of the UK’s aerospace sector has increased to 10% compared to 4% of its manufacturing. Moreover, the global market for aircraft, spacecraft, and parts imports, excluding the UK for 2016, concluded to be about 142 billion pounds.
Airbus Defense and Space UK has recently signed a contract with the UK Ministry Of Defense to bolster the Skynet fleet. The contract involves the development, manufacture, cyber protection, assembly, integration, test and launch of a military communications satellite, Skynet 6A, which is planned to be launched by 2025. Moreover, the contract also assures the establishment of technological development programs, new secure telemetry, tracking and command systems, launch, in-orbit testing, and ground segment updates that will update the current Skynet 5 system.
Richard Franklin, Airbus Defense, and Space UK Managing Director said, “Satellite manufacturing, linked to supporting services, is a critical component of the Government-industry UK space strategy and this contract underpins the UK MOD’s and industry’s lead position in this sector. Building this military satellite will, like Skynet 5, lead to significant export opportunities in the years ahead, growing high-value manufacturing jobs and supporting a diverse supply chain in this increasingly important sector.”
With Brexiting UK already at a pedestal with technology, the integration of cloud service with satellite provides a great opportunity for the country to harness cloud service providers’ investment, especially when the country is on the verge of recession.
Leveraging Technology for Other Sector
The aerospace sector is not limited to provide insights about the satellite, communications, or broadcasting. A massive role of satellite communication lies with the weather prediction and in the agriculture sector. The data regarding the patterns of climatic conditions can be restored in cloud platforms and can be retrieved to gain insight into the crops and agriculture.
A team at the University of Hertfordshire has collaborated with Goonhilly Earth Station to develop a cloud platform that will monitor some 2.8 British fields every week to map and assess the crop’s health and yield. This collaboration is part of the Copernicus Earth Observatory Programme through radar imaging from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel Satellites.
Experts say that with the scope of cloud computing services, it becomes challenging to identify the cloud computing platform leading in services. But, as the aerospace sector continues to flourish, the cloud service providers will have a positive growth outlook.