Companies Team Up to Enhance Space Cloud Computing

By Mandy Mayfield

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Satellite communication startup LEOcloud announced in July a partnership with supercomputer company Ramon.Space to build new satellite cloud computing devices for both commercial and military customers.

LEOcloud, which launched in February, is offering a two-phase strategy of initially co-locating edge computing cloud services at the closest point of connectivity to a satellite infrastructure where data is being sourced, Dennis Gatens, CEO and president of the company, said in an interview.

During phase one, LEOcloud will offer lowlatency hybrid cloud services that provide users with connectivity to “satellite data suppliers, hybrid cloud edge computing services and global connectivity,” the company said.

In phase two, the company will develop, launch and operate a satellite-based cloud infrastructure that provides low latency, secure, high availability, mission-critical cloud services.

LEOcloud plans to demonstrate its space-edge services to potential customers in the SeptemberOctober timeframe, Gatens said.

Ramon.Space’s technology serves as the computing infrastructure for LEOcloud’s low-Earth orbit constellation and includes supercomputing capabilities and machine learning that enable intelligent satellites to move, process and store data in orbit. The two companies have a shared vision for advancing cloud computing capabilities in that orbit, according to LEOcloud.

LEOcloud anticipates that a number of organizations would benefit from its capabilities, including the Defense Department

“We believe there’s a number of market segments where our value proposition will be very beneficial to the analytics and AI workloads,” Gatens said.

“We intend for this to be a service that will be very interesting to a range of DoD and government organizations giving them the ability for near real-time analysis of data based on their AI and analytics workloads.”

Ramon.Space, which is based in Palo Alto, California, announced in May that it raised $17.5 million in funding which will be used to continue development of its computing solutions, specifically supporting its rapidly expanding U.S. and Israel operations, the company said in a press release.

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