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Amazon's Project Kuiper Secures Rockets for Broadband

Published Tue, Apr 12 2022 06:04 am
by The Silicon Trend





Amazon's Project Kuiper Secures Rockets for Broadband

Over the next five years, as part of Amazon's Project Kuiper will put thousands of satellites into low earth orbit by three heavy-lift rockets. The project targets offering broadband connectivity using 3,236 satellites. Amazon's rival group, Starlink of Elon Musk, has more than 2,300 satellites in orbit. The rockets will be created by Arianespace, Blue Origin - founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and United Launch Alliance.


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Project Kuiper Goals

The tech giant says Project Kuiper targets offering high-speed, low-latency connections to users, including business, disaster relief operations, households, government agencies, mobile operators, and other sectors working without reliable network connectivity. Like Starlink, customers can connect to the network through a terminal that communicates with the satellites.

Senior VP for Amazon Devices & Services - Dave Limp says Project Kuiper will offer fast, budget-oriented broadband connections to millions of customers in unserved and underserved communities across the globe.


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New Rockets

The tech giant plans on launching 83 rockets over the next five years, saying it will result in the most significant commercial procurement of launch vehicles in history. This year, the company plans two prototype missions using a rocket developed by ABL Space Systems. However, unlike the Falcon 9 rockets of Elon Musk, Amazon's three new rockets for Project Kuiper's launches are still in the development phase.

Mr. Musk hopes to introduce as many as 30K Starlink satellites into space. But, as low-earth orbit becomes increasingly congested, astronomers have complained that the light from these satellites disrupts the views of the night's sky. In addition, there are concerns that so many satellites in orbit worsen the risk of collision and the issue of space junk.


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