Microsoft partners with SpaceX over its new Azure cloud computing unit
SpaceX has tapped Azure, a massive cloud-computing service built by Microsoft, to help it develop and operate experimental satellites capable of detecting missile launches all over the world.
Microsoft revealed its partnership with SpaceX as part of its larger announcement of new modular datacenters, or shipping-container-like platforms crammed with cloud-computing resources that can be deployed to remote areas of the world.
SpaceX plans to seamlessly link Microsoft’s new devices through Starlink, the rocket company’s growing fleet of internet-beaming satellites. (SpaceX plans to launch up to 42,000 spacecraft and link them with lasers to ostensibly provide a faster, space-based alternative to fiberoptic networks.)
“The collaboration includes connecting Starlink’s high speed, low-latency satellite broadband with Azure’s new Modular Datacenter (MDC),” Microsoft wrote in an announcement about the partnership. “The two companies also plan to further connect Starlink with Microsoft’s global network ” including Azure edge devices ” integrating SpaceX’s ground stations with Azure networking capabilities.”