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Join the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center on December 9, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST for an expert discussion on the overall capabilities that cloud computing provides specific industries to enable mission success in new and exciting ways.  

Event description

The development of space exploration technologies has already benefited Earth in many ways, especially regarding communications, planetary observation, and economic growth. As the space launch and satellite markets continue to innovate swiftly, space technologies are increasingly critical to rapid decision-making for governments, industry, and individuals.  With the recent increase in planet-wide disasters such as wildfires, resource shortages, mass migrations, and others, how can space technologies more effectively sustain Earth and life on it? 

Cloud computing is key to enabling the necessary innovation that can address changing critical needs. Cloud computing capabilities support critical industries beyond space: national security, weather forecasting, terrain mapping, wildfire predictions, and more. The effective operation of those sectors requires managing voluminous amounts of data, all enabled by cloud capacity.  

As the cloud increases data accessibility and processing for users, it removes old limits for a variety of industries, stakeholders,  and customers of all shapes and sizes, which can all now leverage rapidly shared geospatial data  to support prompt decision making here on Earth. 


Clint Crosier
Director, Aerospace and Satellite Solutions
Amazon Web Services

Dr. Divya Chander
Nonresident Senior Fellow, GeoTech Center
Atlantic Council

Fang Yuan, PhD
Assistant Director of Product Development
Digital Earth Africa

Joseph Bonivel, PhD
Nonresident Senior Fellow, GeoTech Center
Atlantic Council

Paul Grambauer
Cloud Data Scientist

Peter Marquez
Head of Space Policy
Amazon Web Services

Moderated by

David Bray, PhD
Director, GeoTech Center
Atlantic Council

The GeoTech Center champions positive paths forward that societies can pursue to ensure new technologies and data empower people, prosperity, and peace.