Amazon’s New Internet Satellites Plan

Amazon’s New Internet Satellites Plan

The firm is also trying to get said satellites into orbit as soon as possible, with a recent FCC filing noting that it plans to launch 3 236 satellites once it gets the okay from the United States regulatory body.

The satellite network will offer more reliable access and broadband-speed connectivity to numerous existing 3.8 billion people globally, and 21.3 million Americans that don't now enjoy any access to ground-based broadband, Amazon claims in the new filing.

The plan: Amazon has asked for permission to launch 3,236 satellites into orbit as part of Project Kuiper.

Low earth orbit classification covers satellites which orbit at altitudes from 112 to 1,200 miles and they need to be powered to stay aloft.

Finally the company confirms that the satellites will be de-orbited 10 years after launching, to ensure that it will not be accused of further contributing to the debris floating around Earth.

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Amazon didn't specify a timeline of events for putting the satellites into space. The plan was dubbed Project Kuiper and Kuiper Systems, a wholly-owned Amazon subsidiary, has been set up to implement it.

Amazon plans to use Ka-band frequencies, like those used by Iridium for interlinks with its latest satellites. Even in the U.S., 21.3 million people lack access to a fixed broadband service. Amazon says it can start offering broadband satellite services once the first 578 satellites are in position.

In its filing, Amazon asserts the company has the "expertise, infrastructure and financial resources" to make the project a success. Although it will take years for satellite constellations like these to roll out, there's a concern that Amazon might already be at a disadvantage.

Kuiper's president, Rajeev Badyal, was previously fired from SpaceX after CEO Elon Musk was unhappy with his progress in creating a satellite-broadband program. SpaceX has already launched its first batch of satellites in low Earth orbit for its Starlink broadband constellation.

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