Microsoft announced several partnerships and capabilities for Azure Space today, including work with Airbus, SpaceEye, and iDirect. Much of Microsoft’s work centers around getting clearer images and information from satellites in space. Additionally, Azure Orbital is now in preview, letting users control satellites and communicate from ground stations around the globe.
Microsoft’s own ground stations, as well as partner stations around the world, make it easier and more affordable to communicate with satellites. The Azure Orbital preview supports both KSATlite and Microsoft ground stations. The program allows customers to use antennas from these stations to communicate with satellites. Next year, ViaSat and USEI ground stations will also work with Azure Orbital.
Microsoft partnered with Airbus to bring high-resolution satellite imagery and elevation data to Microsoft Azure Maps.
Esri, Blackshark.ai, and Orbital Insight also have new partnerships with Microsoft.
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