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Amazon Tests ML Software to Analyze Satellite Images from Space

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D-Orbit's ION satellite runs a machine-learning experiment for analyzing Earth-observation data.

Said Unibap's Fredrik Bruhn,"We want to help customers quickly turn raw satellite data into actionable information."

Credit: D-Orbit

Amazon, Italian space startup D-Orbit, and Swedish computing technology developer Unibap have spent 10 months testing in space Amazon Web Services (AWS) machine learning (ML) software that can analyze satellite images and transmit the best ones to Earth.

The software ran on D-Orbit's ION satellite; AWS said the Unibap-built ML payload analyzed "large quantities of space data directly onboard" the satellite.

AWS said the software also reduced the size of images sent to Earth by up to 42%.

Said Unibap's Fredrik Bruhn, "Providing users real-time access to AWS edge services and capabilities on orbit will allow them to gain more timely insights and optimize how they use their satellite and ground resources."

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