Microsoft and Ball Aerospace show that satellites can connect cloud services to the battlefield
Recent demonstrations have shown that commercial cloud computing can be used to securely process and deliver information from low-Earth orbiting satellites (LEOs) to military ground stations, command centers, or directly to field fighters. of battle.
As part of the Space Force and Missile Systems Center’s commercially augmented space interconnected operations program, Microsoft and Ball Aerospace demonstrated that data and images from distributed constellations of LEO satellites could be processed, analyzed, and distributed. quickly using Microsoft’s Azure cloud and Ball Aerospace images. exploitation algorithms.
For the demonstrations, the simulated infrared data was sent from Telesat satellites to a Microsoft Azure cloud data center, where it was processed using the Ball event-based architecture and then distributed to several endpoints, officials said in a press release. In the final demonstration showing that satellite data could be transmitted directly to war fighters, the data was reduced directly from Telesat’s LEO satellite network to a phase-matrix antenna built by Ball connected to a tactical vehicle equipped with an Azure Stack Edge device.
“For years, the military has envisioned an agile, connected force structure,” said Steve Smith, vice president and general manager of Systems Engineering, Ball Aerospace. “Our tests showed that the cloud is, in fact, a viable solution for data processing, exploitation and data dissemination that is not only fast, but also flexible, secure, scalable and resilient.”
Direct satellite-to-cloud communication and enhanced ground-based data processing provide the Department of Defense with advanced analytics features that can drive predictive modeling and discover useful information, according to Microsoft Azure Global Vice President Tom Keane. “By combining satellite data with other sources directly in Azure, the Microsoft-Ball Aerospace team has demonstrated an innovative approach to soil processing that also opens up the possibilities for a wide range of commercial applications.”
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