Amazon recently hired Peter Marquez as its first-ever head of space policy at Amazon Web Services.

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* Amazon recently hired Peter Marquez as its first-ever head of space policy at Amazon Web Services

* Marquez was the director of space policy for the White House’s National Security Council under the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.

* Marquez joins AWS as Jeff Bezos’ trillion-dollar tech giant expands its influence and services in the space industry, most recently with the establishment of the AWS Aerospace and Satellite Solutions division.

AWS News

After technical advancement with EKS, Amazon Web Services Inc. has appointed former White House official Peter Marquez as its first director of space policy. It is the latest sign of how big a focus the space sector is becoming for the cloud giant.

The news was first reported by CNBC this morning. Teresa Carlson, the vice president of AWS’ worldwide public sector and regulated markets business, confirmed the report in a subsequent tweet.

There are many exciting things happening in the space community and this is going to be awesome,” Marquez wrote in a post on LinkedIn on Wednesday.

Marquez served as director of space policy for the White House’s National Security Council under Barack Obama and George W. Bush. He has also held senior positions in a number of private space-focused companies including Orbital Sciences Corp., a major aerospace manufacturer, where he was a vice president. Marquez also served in a vice president role at Planetary Resources Inc., a now-defunct asteroid mining startup whose technology was recently relaunched as an open-source project.

AWS’ efforts to win more business from space sector customers comes as parent Amazon.com Inc. also works to establish itself in this market. The company recently announced plans to spend no less than $10 billion on Project Kuiper, an internal initiative that seeks to deploy thousands of internet satellites in low-Earth orbit to provide broadband services. Project Kuiper may put Amazon in direct competition with Elon Musk’s SpaceX Corp., which is also building a low-Earth orbit internet constellation.

AWS could play a central role in its parent company’s efforts to take on SpaceX. The infrastructure AWS has built for the Ground Station antenna service, the experience it will gain from customer projects and any future aerospace products the cloud provider launches all have the potential to be useful for Amazon’s space push.

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