Since its launch, Microsoft Azure Space has been committed to enabling people to achieve more, both on and off the planet. This mission has transcended various industries, including agriculture, finance, insurance, and healthcare.
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Today, we are announcing a crucial step towards democratizing access to space development, with the private preview release of Azure Orbital Space Software Development Kit(SDK)—a secure hosting platform and application kit designed to enable developers to create in the cloud and deploy and operate applications on-orbit.
How can Microsoft empower satellite operators to focus on their mission and enable them to continue the operation of their satellites, without making capital investments in their ground infrastructure? To answer that question, Microsoft worked alongside the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and our partner Xplore, to demonstrate how the commercial cloud can provide satellite mission management for NOAA’s legacy polar satellites (NOAA-18)—extending the mission life of these satellites while reducing the cost of operation through Azure Orbital Ground Station as-a-Service (GSaaS).