AWS Ground Station
AWS Ground Station is a comprehensively managed service enabling you to control communication via satellite, data processing, and also operation scaling with zero issues about managing your ground station architecture. Satellites are used for a lot of different purposes, some of them include weather foretelling, providing surface images, video, and communication broadcasting and so on. The idea behind ground stations is that they form the base of global satellite networks. They provide efficient communication from the ground to the satellites. As of today, you will get two choices, you build your own ground stations or get a contract with the official providers to do so. Once the data is downloaded, there would be the need for servers, storage equipment, and other networking devices so that they would be placed in close proximity with the antennas for processing data and transporting them to the satellites.
AWS Ground Stations provides a direct connection to the AWS services offered along with the AWS Global Infrastructure. This would include the low inaction global fiber network situated where the data would be downlinked into the Ground Station. This is advantageous since you would be able to control satellite communications easily. You would also be able to swiftly consume and process satellite data, and repeatedly combine the data with all of your applications working on AWS Cloud. For instance, you would be able to make use of Amazon’s S3 for storing the data. You can then use the Kinesis Data Streams by Amazon for the management of data consumption from satellites.
You can even make use of SageMaker for creating machine learning applications as per your customizations and with respect to your current datasets. AWS Ground Station would help you to save up about 80% of the ground station operation costs by only letting you pay for the duration in which you have used the antenna. It would also be dependent upon the global footprint of the installed ground stations so that data can be downloaded as and when you need it. This will again save up on creating the additional ground station building capital by a huge margin. You don’t have to commit to anything in this case, plus you get the advantage to marginalize your satellite communication on the go and when your company requires it.
Operation of using AWS Ground Station
The AWS Ground Station would be located on the ground and would be managed as a service. The procedure for operation is as shown below,