SAN FRANCISCO – LEOcloud, a startup focused on space-based edge computing, announced on November 15 that it has entered into a strategic collaboration agreement with commercial space station provider Axiom Space.
Under the agreement, the two companies will work together to develop and deliver space-based cloud services linked to terrestrial cloud computers.
“The value and benefits of edge computing on the planet are well known and understood,” said Dennis Gatens, CEO and Founder of LEOcloud. space news. “Extending that edge into space is the fundamental value proposition here. Compute and data storage requirements will be met locally compared to application workloads running back on Earth.”
A key benefit for data customers, “whether government, military or commercial customers, is reducing the time from raw data to actionable insights,” Gatens added.
LEOcloud’s space-based infrastructure is designed to host Microsoft, Red Hat or AWS cloud services.
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Azure Space, hosted on LEOcloud’s infrastructure, enables customers to run artificial intelligence and machine learning applications in orbit while collaborating with peers on Earth.
“Our collaboration combines the possibilities of space with the power of Microsoft Azure to extend capabilities anywhere in space through new space infrastructure, making cloud connectivity and computing increasingly achievable for everyone at the ultimate edge: space orbit. .” said Microsoft’s Steve Kitay. Azure Space senior director said in a statement. “Together, Microsoft and LEOcloud can open up new edge and cloud computing scenarios, providing organizations around the world with fresh insights from spatial data, providing innovative solutions to some of the most complex and time-consuming questions.”
Similarly, Red Hat believes that collaborating with LEOcloud will help “provide a common foundation from core to edge to cloud to provide a reliable and secure infrastructure for mission-critical, high-stakes environments like space.” We do it,” said Francis Chow, vice president of Red Hat Edge. The general manager said in a statement.
LEOcloud has been building relationships with industry partners since the company was founded in 2021 to provide edge computing for space operations and build an aggregation of space-based data centers.
Partners include Exodus Orbitals, a startup developing an application hosting platform in space; Leaf Space, a ground segment services startup; and Ramon.Space, a startup offering computers designed for space environments.
“Ramon.Space has an important tradition of providing computing and data storage solutions for multiple projects, including deep space projects,” said Gatens. “This allows companies like LEOcloud to offer it as part of their service.”