Lunar Outpost's MAPP rover

Lunar Outpost is developing a robotic resource prospector called MAPP, or Mobile Autonomous Prospecting Platform, and has already been given NASA’s go-ahead to collect material on the moon. (Lunar Outpost via YouTube)

The first 10 companies to participate in Amazon Web Services’ accelerator program for space-centric startups are targeting territory ranging from low Earth orbit to the surface of the moon and Mars.

Today’s announcement follows up on the unveiling of the AWS Space Accelerator in March. Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels said the 10 ventures were selected out of more than 190 proposals from 44 countries.

“These companies from the United States and Europe cover a wide range of space capabilities with impact here on Earth today, as well as on humanity’s approach to working and living in space in the future,” he wrote in a blog posting.

Over a four-week span, the companies will be provided with hands-on technical training in machine learning, high-performance computing and other tools of the cloud computing trade. They’ll hear from mentors about business development and investment, and they’ll receive $100,000 in AWS Activate credit for cloud services.

“As we like to say at Amazon, ‘speed matters,’ and our goal is to have these startups come out on the other side of their brief four weeks prepared to make an even bigger mark on the space industry,” Vogels said.

Some of the startups have fewer than 20 employees, while other have more than 100. They also come from a range of places on the funding-round timeline, from seed to Series C. Here’s the full rundown:

Cognitive Space, based in Texas, offers scalable constellation management for satellite operators by leveraging cloud and AI technology.

D-Orbit, which was founded in Italy and has a subsidiary in Britain, focuses on space logistics and transportation services, including in-orbit data storage …read more

Source:: GeekWire


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