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Thales Alenia Space, Microsoft to use cloud AI for satellites

by Liam Garman
07 April 2021 | 1 minute read

Thales Alenia Space and Microsoft have agreed to improve satellite imaging systems through cloud-based integrations.

Thales Alenia Space and Microsoft have teamed up to improve cloud based systems in space, onboarding Thales Alenia Space’s DeeperVision system on the Microsoft Azure Orbital program.

Thales Alenia Space’s DeeperVision allows satellite imagery to be analysed immediately at the point of capture, by utilising artificial intelligence. The artificial intelligence tracks changes to the earth's surface over time to then analyse and identify any anomalies.

Vice president strategy and innovation at Thales Alenia Space, Clarence Dufloq, noted that, “Thales Alenia Space and Microsoft are innovating together by combining their expertise in space and cloud technologies. Customers can now combine all the functionality of Thales Alenia Space’s DeeperVision solution for processing dataflows and generating timely information with the cloud capabilities of Azure Orbital. This information is enriched by high-speed, high-volume artificial intelligence and machine learning to create an unprecedented impact on and beyond the planet!”

Tom Keane, CVP of Azure Global at Microsoft, continued, “Processing space satellite imagery at cloud-scale changes the game for our customers who need these AI/ML data insights to quickly make informed decisions for mission success. Supporting impactful innovation for our customers is a top priority for our Azure Space efforts – adding DeeperVision to Azure Orbital is a testament to our ongoing collaboration with Thales Alenia Space.”

Liam Garman

Liam Garman

Liam began his career as a speech writer at New South Wales Parliament before working for world leading campaigns and research agencies in Sydney and Auckland. Throughout his career, Liam has managed and executed a range of international media and communications campaigns spanning politics, business, industrial relations and infrastructure. He’s since shifted his attention to researching and writing extensively on geopolitics and defence, specifically in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and is undertaking a Masters in Strategy and Security from UNSW Canberra.

Thales Alenia Space, Microsoft to use cloud AI for satellites
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