Amazon Web Services (AWS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) to assist space technology innovations through cloud computing. The signing of the strategic collaboration follows the recent approval of the Indian Space Policy, 2023 by the centre.

Under the collaboration, AWS will provide eligible space startup tools, resources, and expert technical support at no cost via the AWS activate programme which is expected to enable startups build innovative solutions and commercialise them quickly. The startups will also benefit from access to AWS and its global experience of building aerospace and satellite solutions through the AWS space accelerator programme.

In addition, the three firms also intend to work on a new initiative to train students and educators in cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), analytics, and security using AWS education programmes.

According to AWS, this programme would allow students to pursue industry-recognised cloud computing certifications and establish future space startups in India utilising cutting-edge technologies.