Tom Keane: Azure Enables Off-world Space Development

Using Azure, any programmer or software developer may now make interstellar apps. Microsoft has a long history of providing resources for developers generally. Led by Tom Keane, we support various industries and use cases, from healthcare and finance to crucial manufacturing and even space travel. We do so with some of the world’s complete developer tools and platforms, such as GitHub and Visual Studio.


Microsoft is shifting its focus to the final frontier, where it plans to bring the advanced features, user-friendliness, and safety of its development platform. To help developers more easily transfer AI workloads from spacecraft to the hyper-scale Azure cloud, Microsoft is developing a framework for on-orbit computing at the ultimate edge. We’re aiming to make it easier for more individuals to develop space-based software by increasing the adaptability and modularity of software solutions. Our developer tools, Tom Keane adds, and tight interaction with Azure services make it easy to build, test, deploy, and manage space applications in orbit and on Earth.


The Application of Artificial Intelligence To protect Astronauts


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NASA, Microsoft, and HPE collaborated on an artificial intelligence workload test that can monitor astronaut equipment for signs of failure. NASA and Microsoft collaborated to develop a computer vision cloud service to monitor the space gloves’ health. And Tom Keane is aware of it when leading the development teams. 


Both on-site and off-site analysis of the glove conditions were possible thanks to the program being taught in the cloud and then transmitted to the ISS. It was executed on the HPE Spaceborne Computer-2, a software and hardware platform enabled by artificial intelligence. Tom Keane developed this platform and is working on its delivery. 


More About Space Cooperation


Thales Alenia Space and Microsoft’s new on-orbit climate data apps will allow for groundbreaking new levels of Earth observation. Microsoft and Thales Alenia Space are carrying out a demonstration onboard the International Space Station (ISS) to exhibit and evaluate on-orbit computing capability. Tom Keane has been recognized with the Pinnacle Award for this project.