Published: Вс, Апреля 07, 2019
Business | By Eloise Houston

Amazon may launch satellites to provide internet directly from space

Amazon may launch satellites to provide internet directly from space

Project Kuiper will comprise of satellites at three different altitudes that include approximately 784 satellites at 367 miles, also 1,296 satellites at 379 miles, and 1,156 satellites at 391 miles. If the project manages to be successful, it will provide data coverage across parts of the planets that account for 95 percent of the world population, reports GeekWire.

Amazon has confirmed that it is working to start a satellite broadband service that will serve most of the world.

Amazon is seeking federal approval to launch thousands of small, low-Earth satellites, the e-commerce giant's latest expansion into the rapidly burgeoning commercial space industry. The company said in a statement following the report that its objective is to bring connectivity to "tens of millions of people" worldwide who now lack web access. We look forward to partnering on this initiative with companies that share this common vision, ' Amazon said in a statement.

Amazon likely named its broadband effort after the Kuiper belt, an area on the edge of our solar system, consisting of a disc of asteroids and ice objects. OneWeb launched its first six satellites in February, and Elon Musk's SpaceX launched two test satellites a year ago for its "Starlink" network, which is known to be the first step toward its goal of a constellation of 4,425 satellites.

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No launch date for the first Project Kuiper satellite has been provided. No timeline was given for Project Kuiper, but by 2021, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture is set to launch an orbital-class rocket.

Amazon's filings with the ITU "lay out a plan to deploy 3,236 satellites into LEO".

Amazon is to join the likes of Facebook, Google, SpaceX in the race to mark interstellar territory via its Project Kuiper initiative.

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