Two recent agreements, in Bahrain and India, underline the growing importance of the space sector in areas like IoT and the cloud.
Bahrain-headquartered technology company the Beyon Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with LEO space system innovator E-Space to enable space-based IoT services in Bahrain.
By signing this MoU, the two organisations say they can collaborate on the development of satellite IoT solutions that leverage Beyon's established network capabilities and E-Space's advanced low Earth orbit (LEO) constellation and novel device capabilities. The joint development efforts aim to create unique IoT solutions that will support uninterrupted, ‘use anywhere’, real-time IoT data services.
This news comes a week after Amazon Web Services (AWS) India announced it had signed a strategic MoU with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) to support space-tech innovations through cloud computing.
ISRO, IN-SPACe and AWS will work collaboratively to nurture and grow the start-up community in the space-tech sector. AWS will provide eligible space start-ups with tools, resources, and expert technical support at no cost through the AWS Activate programme. This will enable start-ups to build innovative solutions and commercialise them faster. Start-ups will also benefit from access to AWS and its global experience of building aerospace and satellite solutions through the AWS Space Accelerator programme.
The three organisations will also collaborate on a new initiative to train students and educators in cloud computing, AI, ML, analytics and security, by leveraging AWS education programmes.
The collaboration follows the recent approval of the Indian Space Policy 2023 by the government of India. The policy provides a strategic roadmap for the growth and development of India’s space programme and ambitions.