Amazon plans to launch Satellites to provide ‘internet service’

WASHINGTON: Amazon has announced that they are going to launch its first two prototype satellites under the initiative Project Kuiper, a broadband service that will provide everyone access to the internet from space by late 2022.

“There is no substitute for on-orbit testing, and we expect to learn a lot given the complexity and risk of operating in such a challenging environment. We can’t wait to get started.” Rajeev Badyal, Project Kuiper’s vice president of technology, said in a statement.

Amazon has contracted ABL Space Systems, a rocket startup, to launch the satellites into low Earth orbit. Project Kuiper constellation will eventually comprise 3,236 satellites. Launches will take place at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. They are taking additional measures to avoid and mitigate the risk of orbital debris.

“Kuiper’s mission to bring high-speed, low-latency broadband service to underserved communities is highly motivating for our team here at ABL,” said Harry O’Hanley, CEO of ABL.  

Project Kuiper is aimed to provide high-speed internet to places poorly served by current infrastructure. This means that the customers will be able to access high speed internet from anywhere in the world,  thereby making it convenient specifically for the remote communities.

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