Amazon launches UK venture company ‘AWS Space Accelerator’ to help grow space startups

An AWS Ground Station satellite antenna in one of the company’s data centers in Boardman, Oregon.

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Amazon Web Services announced Tuesday the launch of a new space launch support program, with the tech giant partnering with UK-based venture company Seraphim Capital on the project.

The AWS Space Accelerator is a four-week business support program that will take place in June, AWS Vice President for Partners and Program Sandy Carter wrote in a blog post.

The Accelerator will select 10 companies to participate, with startups receiving up to $ 100,000 in “AWS Activate Credits” – essentially funds that can be used for various parts of the Amazon cloud service.

Startups will also receive mentoring during the accelerator, “from space and engineering experts with years of experience working on AWS,” the company said.

“Startups provide a catalyst for bold new experimentation in the space industry,” said Clint Crosier, director of aerospace and satellite at AWS, in a statement. “We look forward to helping the first cohort of companies create and grow this new program.”

AWS formed the Aerospace and Satellite unit last year as the company saw a growing need for cloud-based support across the aerospace industry.

Applications to participate in the AWS Space Accelerator are open on Tuesday. The proposals are due on April 21st.

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