Ball Aerospace and Microsoft to Demonstrate Cloud Processing Capabilities for U.S Air Force's CASINO Project

The demonstration will aim to show how simultaneous, worldwide data streams from large, distributed constellations of small satellites can be processed quickly using Microsoft's Azure Cloud and Ball Aerospace algorithms.

FREMONT, CA: Ball Aerospace and Microsoft will demonstrate agile cloud processing capabilities in support of the U.S Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center's Commercially Augmented Space Inter Networked Operations (CASINO) project. Ball Aerospace, with more than 30 years of data processing experience, including developing unique and accurate exploitation algorithms for satellite systems, will collaborate with Microsoft to make use of their deep expertise in data protection, security, and privacy.

This demonstration will aim to show how simultaneous, worldwide data streams from large, distributed constellations of Lower Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites can be processed quickly using Microsoft's Azure Cloud and Ball Aerospace algorithms. "Together with Microsoft, we will show how this type of data processing system, which leverages Ball phased array technology and imagery exploitation algorithms in Azure, is flexible and scalable, designed to support additional satellites and processing capabilities in the future," said Steve Smith, Vice President and General Manager, Systems Engineering Solutions, Ball Aerospace.

The demonstration will also include a single downlink directly into a Microsoft data center using a Ball Aerospace phased array antenna. "Essentially, this is the ultimate intelligent edge scenario, where massive amounts of data must be processed at the edge, whether that edge is in space or on the ground. This partnership with Ball Aerospace enables us to bring satellite data to ground and cloud faster than ever, leapfrogging other solutions on the market. Our joint innovation in direct satellite-to-cloud communication and accelerated data processing provides the Department of Defense, including the Air Force, with entirely new capabilities to explore as they continue to advance their mission," said Tom Keane, Corporate Vice President, Azure Global, and Microsoft.

As innovators in integrated cloud services, data processing, and advanced analytics, Microsoft Azure enables an open platform that provides building blocks to develop, deploy, and manage intelligent solutions rapidly. "The powerful combination of Ball Aerospace’s 30-year track record of algorithm development and data processing works with Microsoft’s Azure cloud. The scalability that will be demonstrated lends itself very naturally to data processing for proliferated low earth orbit constellations,” Steve added. 

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