Kuiper is Amazon's project to develop a low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite system to provide global internet connectivity.
This week Amazon reached a significant milestone by securing 83 launches over the next five years to put its planned satellite constellation into orbit. The launch agreements were signed with Arianespace, Blue Origin, and the United Launch Alliance.
As reported by CNET and others:
The heavy-lift launch agreements fall under Project Kuiper, Amazon's effort to build a space-based internet service by way of a constellation of satellites orbiting overhead. Amazon ultimately hopes to deploy 3,236 satellites into orbit and says the agreements for 83 launches spread over five years will get the majority of the job done.
Amazon received approval from the FCC in 2020 to build this constellation of LEO satellites to compete with Starlink as well as other satellite companies hoping to provide space-based broadband.
Key Mobile Internet Related Considerations:
- Amazon is making progress toward launching its constellation of LEO satellites to compete with market leader Starlink.
- The first launches are scheduled for 2023, so Project Kuiper will not be able to provide satellite-based service for several years
For more information:
- Amazon Sets the Stage for Five Years of Project Kuiper Satellite Internet Launches - CNET
- Amazon signs multibillion-dollar Project Kuiper launch contracts - SpaceNews
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