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Amazon Plans to Launch its Own Constellation of Internet Satellites

Amazon has announced tentative plans to join others in the global race to launch the first fully functional system of orbiting internet satellites.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezon plans to launch his own constellation of Internet satellites | Wikimedia Commons

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezon plans to launch his own constellation of Internet satellites | Wikimedia Commons

Amazon is now among the few companies planning to use Internet satellites to provide the world with a stronger and more stable broadband network. According to reports, Amazon expressed its desire to launch a constellation of over 3,000 satellites into low-Earth orbit in the future.

Amazon reportedly asked international spectrum regulators to provide the requirements and spectrum rights for 3,236 Internet satellites. The constellation was allegedly filed under the name of Kuiper Systems with the International Telecommunication Union.

In a statement, Amazon confirmed its connection with the Kuiper Systems:

“Project Kuiper is a new initiative to launch a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world.

This is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet. We look forward to partnering on this initiative with companies that share this common vision.”

Kuiper Systems: Amazon’s Constellation of Internet Satellites

Little is currently known about Amazon’s constellation of Internet satellites. At the moment, the company has not yet filed with the Federal Communications Commission for its market access in the United States. It is also not known who would build the satellite, where it would be built, and when it would be launched.

Initial reports claim that the constellation will be divided into three layers. The first layer would be comprised of 784 satellites that will orbit 590 kilometers above Earth. The second layer would be made up of 1,156 satellites that will orbit at 630 kilometers above Earth. Lastly, the third layer would have 1,296 satellites circling our planet at an altitude of 610 kilometers.

Amazon has not issued any official statement yet about the Kuiper Systems. When asked if the satellites would be launched through Blue Origin, an Amazon spokesperson said that they “will look at all options.”

Read More: OneWeb Launches First Batch Of Satellites For Its Global Internet Constellation

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    Shannon Harrington April 14 at 11:31 am GMT

    Wow, Amazon never missed to amaze us.

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    John Usrey April 15 at 10:53 am GMT

    Fantastic, all deserves a high-speed broadband connection.

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