Amazon Plans to Launch Over 3,000 Satellites to Offer Broadband Internet

Project Kuiper was first reported by technology news site GeekWire, which cited US regulatory filings revealing the satellite project that could cost billions of dollars to finish.

“Project Kuiper is a fresh initiative to establish a constellation of low earth orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world,” Amazon said in response to a AFP inquiry.

“This really is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet.”

The filings described a plan to put 3,236 satellites in low orbit at altitudes ranging from 367 kilometers (590 kilometres) to 391 miles (630-kilometre), according to GeekWire.

The frontier of space is internationally agreed to function as 62 miles (100 kilometres) over Earth, called the Karman Line.

The Seattle-based online powerhouse was seeking to partner with like-minded businesses on the effort.

There was not any sign that Project Kuiper thus far involved Blue Origin, the rocket firm owned by Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, which blasted off the 10th test flight of its New Shepard rocket early this season.

More evaluation flights lie ahead, but the very first flights with passengers on board could start by late night 2019.

Many businesses have been attempting to use space-based internet systems because the 1990s including one backed by Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Saudi royal family investors.


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