Amazon Web Services has appointed former White House official Peter Marquez as the company’s first-ever head of space policy.
Before joining AWS, Marquez served as Partner at Andart Global, a consulting firm with a focus on new technologies, especially outer space.
Marquez was the Director of Space Policy for the White House’s National Security Council from 2007-2010. In that role, he led the drafting of a US space policy document that stressed international cooperation and discouraged development of space-based weapons.
The appointment of Marquez comes at a time when AWS is expanding its influence in the growing space industry. In June, the company revealed a new unit called AWS for Aerospace and Satellite Solutions.
The Aerospace and Satellite Solutions business segment will bring AWS services and solutions to the space enterprise and work with customers and partners around the world to:
- Re-imagine space system architectures.
- Transform space enterprises.
- Launch new services that process space data on Earth and in orbit.
- Provide secure, flexible, scalable, and cost-efficient cloud solutions to support government missions and companies advancing space around the world.
“It’s been an amazing time running a company at Andart Global and now it’s time for a new adventure,” Marquez posted on LinkedIn. “There are many exciting things happening in the space community and this is going to be awesome.”