The power of SaaS in the Aerospace industry

The power of SaaS in the Aerospace industry
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At a Glance

For years, the focus of exploration has been on space. However, the moment has come for space exploration to reach new heights with the aid of Saas. After years of using outer space metaphors, rocketship emojis, and plagiarising phrases like “escape velocity,” the IT sector has finally met genuine space exploration. Starting with the purchase of subscription services (OpEx) rather than hardware, the space sector is beginning to catch up to certain more extensive technical advancements (CapEx).


Ever since Neil Armstrong became the first man to land on the moon in 1969, countries worldwide have been trying to explore and understand space outside of planet earth.

Many government space organizations across the globe, such as India’s ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization), USA’s NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), China’s CNSA (China National Space Administration), Russia’s Roscosmos (Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities) among others, are all trying to expand their understanding of outer space by launching many manned and unmanned space missions. 

For a long time, space has been considered the next frontier. After years of using outer space metaphors, rocketship emojis, and appropriating terminology like “escape velocity,” the IT sector has finally met genuine space exploration.

Apart from the government organizations, there are private aerospace companies that are vying to join the action. Companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, among others. 

Rise of SaaS in Space

The space industry is starting to catch up to some of these broader technological developments, starting with the purchase of subscription services (OpEx) rather than hardware (CapEx).

Space enterprises have a few structural differences. Businesses situated on the ground can move their applications to the cloud for a relatively low initial expenditure. This helps them to generate income rapidly. Beyond that, growing sales and marketing resources necessitates considerable continuing cash commitment. On the other hand, space businesses need a lot of money up front to deploy satellites and other technologies on the ground before the network is ready to generate revenue. They may thus grow fast while maintaining substantial profits and lowering capital requirements.

This is because there has never been a cloud in space. Newer businesses haven’t been able to launch their operations as low-cost, low-risk experiments. It’s either “all-in” or “go home,” which has reduced the number of applications for space services accessible to consumers.

Amazon built its server infrastructure for its primary business before launching Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006. As a result, a multibillion-dollar company was born, and cloud computing became accessible to anybody with an internet connection. Currently, AWS clients include Netflix, General Electric, and McDonald’s, among others. Similarly, any firm that has established a sustainable process and infrastructure in space for a core data business, such as my company, Spire, can now make that data available to organizations across sectors, allowing them to deploy apps to space in the same way that they can in the cloud.

The removal of complexity, danger, and even visibility from the space component is critical in making space services work for the client. Subscribers are less concerned with launch dates and sensor specifications than with obtaining their data on time and in a straightforward manner.

In the space sector, there are many different components. They are,

  • Satellite as a Service

Satellite as a Service is providing shortcuts to orbit for both newcomers and veterans to the space industry. Anyone looking to test a satellite sensor, radiation-tolerant circuit board, or spaceflight software may send it to various firms, like ISISpace in the Netherlands, Loft Orbital in San Francisco, NanoAvionics in Lithuania, Spire Global, or York Space Systems in Denver. Customers of Spire Space Services choose the amount of data storage, processing, and power that their payload requires, and Spire takes care of the rest. 

When compared to cloud services, whether it flies alongside meteorological, marine, and aircraft-tracking sensors on a cubesat in Spire’s Lemur constellation or on another Spire cubesat “is absolutely immaterial,” Platzer said. Customers don’t mind whether books are sold, or movies are streamed from the same server as long as they get the services they paid for. 

NASA could probably develop a satellite for Ball Aerospace’s air pollution sensor, Tropospheric Emissions: Pollution Monitoring (TEMPO). TEMPO was instead handed over to Maxar for integration and deployment aboard a commercial communications satellite by the space agency. The Satellite-as-a-Service concept is used for hosted payloads.

  • Space Data as a Service

Two examples of space industrialization that the firm provides as use cases for its micro-data center offering include IoT data gathering and analysis and experimental testing. Imagery, communications, weather forecasting, and navigation are all examples of commercial space utilization. Commercial recovery of space resources such as mined raw minerals from asteroids and space tourism are anticipated to be future space applications.

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