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AWS signs MoU with ISRO and IN-SPACe to support space-tech innovations through cloud computing in In

The tie-up between AWS, ISRO, and IN-SPACe is set to open up exciting opportunities for space startups, research institutions, and students, granting them access to state-of-the-art cloud technologies.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has inked a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe). This partnership will see AWS supporting innovations in space technology through the power of cloud computing.

This collaborative effort is poised to offer space startups, research institutions, and students the chance to harness cutting-edge cloud technologies, thereby expediting the development of pioneering solutions in the space industry.

Working hand in hand, ISRO, IN-SPACe, and AWS will provide eligible space startups with essential tools, resources, and expert technical support via the AWS Activate program. This support will empower startups to create innovative solutions and bring them to market more swiftly. Additionally, startups will gain access to AWS's global expertise in aerospace and satellite solutions through the AWS Space Accelerator program.

Shalini Kapoor, Director and Chief Technologist, Public Sector, AWS India and South Asia, expressed her excitement, saying, "We eagerly anticipate aiding Indian customers in crafting space-tech solutions that enhance life on Earth."

In a bid to foster further growth and innovation, the three organizations will also embark on a new initiative aimed at educating students and educators in cloud computing, AI, machine learning, analytics, and security. Leveraging AWS education programs, this endeavor will enable students to pursue industry-recognized cloud computing certifications, ultimately paving the way for the emergence of future space startups in India that harness advanced technologies.

Dr. Vinod Kumar, Director, Promotion Directorate, IN-SPACe, emphasized the significance of this collaboration, stating, "IN-SPACe has persistently strived to empower and facilitate the private space sector. This partnership with AWS stands as a testament to our commitment, and through this collaboration, we aspire to empower startups, students, and researchers to dream beyond the skies, drive innovation, and contribute to the global space industry."

This collaborative effort comes on the heels of the recent approval of the Indian Space Policy, 2023, by the Government of India, which outlines a strategic roadmap for the growth and advancement of India's space program and its aspirations.

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