AWS and Satellogic Space-Cloud Collaboration help reduce data processing time

Imagery of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Photo: Satellogic

Satellogic and Amazon Web Services (AWS) detailed how AWS cloud infrastructure supports Satellogic, in a case study on how cloud and space work together. Clint Crosier, director of AWS Aerospace and Satellite Solutions, said By satellite that by helping Satellogic scale, AWS has learned to reduce the company’s satellite imagery processing time by 20-30%.

Satellogic collects high-resolution Earth Observation (EO) data from its 17 commercial satellites in orbit. The company claims that this constellation can capture more than 5 million square kilometers of multispectral and hyperspectral images per day, which is more than the area of ​​Russia. In addition, each Satellogic satellite can capture motion videos up to 60 seconds long.

In one blog post published on WednesdayAWS said Satellogic uses Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to store the large amount of captured data and manage costs.

Processing this amount of data is also a challenge. Satellogic processes the large amount of images with AWS compute services such as Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Services (Amazon EKS) and AWS Lambda. Companies have said that Amazon EKS reduces data processing times by 20-30% on average. Then, clients access the processed data through a service layer built on top of Amazon CloudFront and Amazon API Gateway. Satellogic plans to expand its constellation to more than 300 satellites to image every square kilometer of the globe daily, and will rely on AWS to reach this size.

Crosier said AWS actually learned from Satellogic when it took on the challenge of helping the company increase the amount of data it collects, processes and analyzes.

“We learned how to scale this problem and increase their ability to process data, while reducing the time needed for processes,” Crosier said. By satellite. This was done through high performance computing capabilities and optimization capabilities.

Satellogic has been an AWS customer long before AWS created the Aerospace and Satellite Solutions division, but hiring space experts at AWS has allowed the company to better serve Satellogic, Crosier said.

“The AWS system elastically and automatically scales the number of servers they need, and sizes them based on the specific workloads they put on the system,” Crosier said. “We’ve built a process where they start with 17 and go to 300, and it’s almost invisible because everything is configured automatically behind the scenes on the AWS platform.”

Matt Tirman, President of Satellogic North America, commented in the blog that this collaboration between Satellogic and AWS will help Satellogic as it adapts to serve customers in multiple industries, develop advanced applications, and improve emergency response. .

“Using AWS to store, process and deliver data captured by its constellation of satellites, Satellogic enables customers to access daily global coverage of the Earth’s surface, an essential source of information for use cases such as emergency response, food security, global logistics. , remote asset monitoring, among others,” Tirman said.

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