Amazon will help lift the Greek space program above the clouds | greece economy
ATHENS – Amazon Web Services (AWS), which opened a cloud center in the Greek capital, is now working with the government to help promote the country’s space program, which has gone nowhere.
Amazon is keen to expand into global space efforts, Space News said in an article, adding that the deal also aims to promote a space economy and to attract and train aerospace professionals.
This includes access to the AWS Activate program, which offers space and other startup tools and resources to use its cloud networking technology.
AWS is also launching a referral program for Greek professionals and organizations looking to store and work with qualified space-related data, through the Open Data Registry on AWS, he said.
“We look forward to working closely with government departments on these initiatives, designed to support the country’s continued focus on innovation in aerospace and technology,” said Cameron Brooks, director of the public sector in Europe at AWS, in a statement.
“This agreement builds on our current commitment to support Greece’s growing digital economy,” he said. the European Union.
Amazon has also committed an initial $ 10 billion to develop its own low-earth orbit constellation, Project Kuiper, which envisions 3,236 satellites for broadband services around the world, the report adds.
While it has not specified when it could start launches, it must deploy at least half of its constellation by July 2026 to comply with its regulatory license.
The Hellenic Space Agency was formed in 2018 under the ruling former radical left SYRIZA and renamed a year later as the Hellenic Space Center, with the aim of developing a space program during a long economic crisis.
But he ran into problems from the start when famed Greek-American scientist Stamatios Krimigis resigned as chief, citing political interference and adding that he would not let himself be used.
“Conditions are created which undermine the three ‘A’s”, as he put it, using the first letter of the Greek words for evaluation, meritocracy and excellence, which other SYRIZA ministers have said. not to apply.
“I detected a clear intention and an insistent persistence to promote actions without evaluation, without meritocracy, far from international models, those which serve personal agendas and the complete surveillance of the general secretariat”, he writes in his letter of resignation .
He returned as an adviser to the New Democracy government which ousted SYRIZA easily on July 7. Early election of 2019, although the space program was not as visible during the COVID-19 pandemic.