Space cloud computing war starts, Microsoft azure depends on SpaceX to “go to heaven”

On October 18, 2020 local time, the 14th batch of 60 satellite chain satellites of American space exploration technology company of Elon Musk, Kennedy Space Launch Center, Florida, USA, was launched on Falcon 9 rocket. < / P > < p > so far, SpaceX has launched 833 satellite chains in total. In addition to the two prototype satellites launched in early 2018, the total number of satellites launched has reached 835. According to the plan, its broadband network system consists of 11943 satellites, which is expected to cover all regions of North America and Canada by the end of 2020 and the whole world in 2021. < / P > < p > for Elon Musk, the star chain, which is still in the initial stage of construction, is “one of the most difficult engineering projects in my life”. The team is still working on the collection of delay data and network speed test. Even so, SpaceX, led by Silicon Valley’s iron man, seems to be a leader in the satellite Internet industry, and its cooperation with technology giants has begun. < p > < p > on October 20, 2020 local time, Tom Keane, vice president of azure, announced azure’s “next great leap” — establishing cooperation with SpaceX star chain project to enter space. According to Tom Keane, Microsoft’s product engineers and scientists will work with senior aerospace teams to build cloud computing capabilities to meet the unique needs of space: < / P > < p > in fact, billions of people around the world rely on more than 16 Ten thousand miles of submarine, land and subway optical fiber networks are connected, but in many remote areas, the growing demand for data and bandwidth is difficult to meet. < / P > < p > our approach is to provide a comprehensive satellite connectivity solution with multi orbit, multi band, multi vendor and cloud computing capabilities. We need the booming ecosystem of satellite providers to meet the growing network demand. < / P > < p > on the one hand, SpaceX, as a new partner of Microsoft, will provide high-speed and low latency satellite broadband for the new azure modular data center. < / P > < p > on the other hand, Microsoft will also cooperate with a European SES company to support O3b MEO, the earth orbit constellation in O3b, to expand the connection between cloud data center area and cloud edge devices. < p > < p > at present, SES operates the only multi orbit satellite constellation in the world. With its huge Intelligent Cloud network, SES provides high-quality connectivity solutions in land, sea and air. On September 22, 2020 local time, SES has just become a partner of Microsoft’s azure orbital solution, and the two will process a large amount of data generated by satellites through cloud services. < p > < p > Microsoft believes that satellite communications, together with the high-performance computing, machine learning and data analysis capabilities provided by azure, will bring many new opportunities to the society. < / P > < p > not long ago, Microsoft salvaged a data center that had been sunk in the sea for two years. Researchers assessed that the new seabed data storage method was feasible. < / P > < p > Microsoft is designed to deploy complete data centers to remote locations and extend existing infrastructure with on-site transmission solutions. < / P > < p > MDC will support high-strength, secure cloud computing in challenging environments, and can operate mainly on terrestrial optical fiber, low bandwidth networks, and even when completely disconnected. According to Tom Keane, possible scenarios include mobile command centers, humanitarian assistance, military missions, mineral exploration, etc. < / P > < p > Microsoft is developing a variety of reliable, reusable digital technologies in space to help spacecraft launch faster, but the premise is still to ensure the smooth completion of the mission. < / P > < p > as governments and enterprises are vigorously developing thousands of interconnected satellite constellations, precise planning and AI driven scheduling protocols are needed to ensure the optimal network connectivity and on orbit coverage. As the name implies, azure orbit simulator is a large-scale satellite constellation simulation environment through software and hardware, including complex real-time scene generation. Azure orbit simulator can use the satellite images collected in advance to process directly through virtualization and actual satellite hardware. Developers can evaluate and train AI algorithms and satellite networks before launching satellites. < p > < p > at the end of the blog, Tom Keane also showed the new opportunities azure brings to various space organizations, such as: < / P > < p > defense innovation Department of the U.S. Department of Defense: choose Microsoft and aerospace company ball aerospace We have created more practical space data, re conceived ground station technology, and jointly built a solution with fast cloud processing capability to support the US Air Force’s commercial enhanced space Internet operation project. Lockheed Martin, the world’s “arms giant”: uses hololens 2 for a variety of spacecraft assembly missions, which will also support NASA’s Artemis return to the moon in the future. Airbus: take advantage of the agility, innovation and competitive advantages of azure stack to build its aviation solutions. Sequence, an environmental geology solution provider, will use satellite data and azure computing power to promote the investigation of water quality and water quantity. World dairy giant Lando Lake: through azure farmbeat, digital agriculture is realized by using satellite images, data from sensors, UAVs and agricultural equipment. Why is azure in space? < / P > < p > perhaps the above statement of Tom Keane has explained clearly the necessity and Prospect of “space on cloud”, then, there may be deep reasons for this cooperation. < / P > < p > and we know that in terms of the market share of cloud computing, Amazon is the absolute number one in the industry, which is also related to its early entry into the field and stable occupation of the opportunity. In 2019, the annual revenue of Amazon’s cloud computing Department exceeded 35 billion US dollars, and analysts such as synergy and Gartner said that Amazon was firmly the first. < / P > < p > and the second is Microsoft, which uses the advantages of server operating system and office software, as well as its LinkedIn and other resources, to sell cloud computing services to enterprise customers and government departments, and the cloud computing business has developed rapidly. < / P > < p > even in the current market situation, it is important to note that both Amazon and Microsoft are increasing their investment. At the beginning of this year, Gartner’s latest forecast showed that the revenue of cloud computing business has increased by 246% in the past 10 years. In this process, Microsoft’s cloud computing business is developing rapidly, and the distance between the first and the second is shrinking. < / P > < p > not only that, the tension between them is also related to the US Department of Defense’s Jedi contract competition that has lasted for two years. < p > < p > until September 4, 2020 local time, the U.S. Department of defense repeatedly confirmed that it would award the Jedi contract to Microsoft, so Amazon AWS also kept protesting. < p > < p > of course, “space on the cloud” is not only the competition between Microsoft and Amazon in the field of cloud computing business, but also the competition between SpaceX and another commercial space company. < / P > < p > after all, when we talk about Jeff Bezos, we may not only think of his title as CEO of Amazon, but also as CEO of blue origin, a commercial space company. < / P > < p > in 2011, NASA started a program to encourage commercial companies to develop space vehicles to and from the space station to the ground, namely the commercial crew program. At that time, Boeing, blue origin, Sierra Nevada and SpaceX were successful bidders. After three rounds of fierce competition, SpaceX even surpassed Boeing company, which has a history of 100 years. At 3:23 a.m. on May 31, Beijing time, SpaceX DM-2 dragon spacecraft was successfully launched at 39A launch site of Kennedy Space Center. About 19 hours later, the manned dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the international space station, thus ushering in a new era of global commercial manned spaceflight. By contrast, most of the external evaluations on the origin of blue are: slow R & D progress, traditional operation and production ideas, which are far behind SpaceX in terms of technology and commercial application. Continue ReadingASMC, a lithography maker, was one of TSMC’s 14 top suppliers last year