In 2019, Amazon announced its goal of deploying a group of 3,236 satellites into low Earth orbit. Finally the company is preparing to go into space.
As per an announcement made on Monday, the e-commerce giant is planning to launch its first two prototype satellites under the Project Kuiper satellite broadband constellation by the 4th quarter of 2022, using rockets developed by ABL Space Systems.
Other companies are also whizzing to offer high-speed Internet to governments and consumers whose access is constrained by the digital divide in remote locations. Thus, with this launch, the company will formally be launching its competition with SpaceX and OneWeb to provide high-speed internet connections to customers living in low-earth orbit. It will also be an important test of the satellite’s design before the company launches any more devices into orbit.
Amazon unveiled a customer antenna concept in 2020 and has been testing prototype satellites on the ground for years. It plans to spend $10 billion on the project.
The two satellites are KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2. Both the satellites will be incorporating many of the technologies and subsystems that power the production version of our satellite design, including phased array and parabolic antennas, power and propulsion systems, and custom-designed modems. The teams are also doing experimental tests on low-cost customer terminal, which is designed to provide fast, reliable service at a more affordable price than older antennas.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved Amazon’s network to launch, deploy, and operate two prototype satellites for Project Kuiper. Also, it gave the company a deadline to launch half of the satellites by 2026. Both the two prototype satellites, KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2, will launch separately on rockets from ABL Space Systems.
🆕: The first two satellites for Project Kuiper will launch next fall. This is a big step toward our mission of providing fast, affordable broadband to unserved and underserved communities around the world. https://t.co/LIo7Aj2DSw pic.twitter.com/qmRR7LFyIe
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