Amazon Developing New Space and Satellite Services

Over the last several years, AWS has grown to play an increasing role in enterprise and federal government IT infrastructure. Now, Amazon is planning to expand its efforts in space as well.

According to an Amazon job posting, the company is building a “new AWS service that will have a historic impact.”

The listing, titled Space and Satellite System Software Development Engineer, goes on:

AWS, the world leader in providing a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in 190 countries around the world, needs software development experts who want to be part of a big, audacious space project!

We are seeking a Software Development Engineer to build and maintain highly available, massively scalable, real time satellite data processing systems! This team will have the opportunity to work on highly visible projects that directly impact both Amazon teams and Amazon customers around the world as we build space processing services and features used by thousands of commercial and government customers each week.

In another job posting, Amazon asks, “Are you passionate about building, owning and operating satellite and space systems and ready to make another game-changing technology? If the answer is yes, then Amazon Web Services (AWS) has an exciting opportunity for you.”

That listing, titled Space and Satellite Product Manager – Technical, goes on (emphasis ours):

For this role we need a Product Manager to help us develop services and features that enable our customers to integrate their space systems with Amazon’s massive-scale data center networks. These products will provide high bandwidth and low latency solutions for networking launch vehicles, aggregating satellite systems, inter-connecting space system networks, and enabling management and monitoring of all satellite control network devices and critical data center infrastructure. As a leader within this new business line, you’ll join other thought leaders to work hard, have fun, and make history building new space services.

Both positions are based in Amazon’s Herndon, Virginia offices. (Update: These listings appear to now be removed from the site. See our screenshots of them below.)

Jeff Bezos is reputed to have had a lifelong interest in space and separately owns Blue Origin, but this is the first time we’ve seen Amazon specifically target the space and satellite markets with new products and services.

Earlier this year, Jamie Baker, Health & Science leader at AWS, while on the AWS Public Sector podcast, hinted at the impact that on-demand computing infrastructure can have on satellite applications. And this summer, at the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC, Amazon invited members of the government and commercial space industries to discuss topics related to space and cloud infrastructure.

We’ll continue tracking Amazon’s space efforts, so stay tuned. The full job listings posted by Amazon can be read below:


Above image credit: NASA