Microsoft is this week launching the Azure Space Partner Community, a new initiative that will brings collaborators into the company’s Azure Space solution. The company says the new service is an “ecosystem of space partners” that provides partners with key benefits around scaling and co-development of innovative solutions.

Microsoft has been expanding Azure Space in recent months, including adding new AI features. Since launching the product in 2020, Microsoft says many partners have already come on board. Among them are manufacturers, data providers, space operators, systems integrators, startups, and more.

Well known partners of Azure Space include Thales, Ball Aerospace, SkyWatch, SpaceX, Airbus, US Electrodynamic, Idirect, Nokia, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Partner Benefits

Under the Azure Space Partner Community, those companies and others will be able to connect with each other, providing more power to customers.

“The Azure Space Partner Community enables our partners to deliver the most comprehensive and innovative offerings to joint customers, helping to shape the future of space technologies and services,” Stephen Kitay, Senior Director of Microsoft Azure Space, writes in a blog post.

“The space industry is rapidly advancing and we believe in the power of bringing together this community in an ecosystem … We are excited to rapidly innovate and advance the industry with our inaugural cohort of partners, and we look forward to welcoming new partners in the days to come.”

The company says the new additions and partnerships will break down barriers for those taking on space workloads.

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