The company plans to send satellites to three different heights and says it needs just 578 satellites to
The company has not yet announced which providerThe launch plans to use satellites in orbit. As a reminder, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also owns the Blue Origin rocket company. It looks like the launch provider will have to compete with other companies to launch satellites. However, in June 2019, Bloomberg reported that Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin would not be involved in the project.
The company should launch half of the constellation to2026 to maintain its FCC license, and then the rest of the satellites by 2029. Amazon is also due to submit to the FCC a final plan to reduce orbital debris. The fact is that the design of its satellites has not yet been completed.
Amazon claims it will launch its satellites fromorbits for 355 days, but the FCC claims the company has not "provided specific information on certain required elements" for its space debris cleanup plan. The big concern for a constellation of satellites of this size is that it will lead to more collisions in space, creating debris that could threaten other satellites.
Amazon is one of the few companies looking tolaunch a huge number of satellites into orbit to provide broadband internet connection. Most notable among these competitors is SpaceX, which has received FCC approval to launch about 12,000 satellites for its Starlink project. SpaceX has launched more than 500 Starlink satellites to date, and plans to begin beta testing the system this summer. Meanwhile, UK-based OneWeb also hopes to create a constellation of 650 satellites, and has already launched 74 of them. The company filed for bankruptcy this year, but was recently rescued by a consortium that includes the UK government and Indian telecommunications company Bharti Global.
Amazon claims Kuiper “willprovide broadband access services to unserved and underserved consumers, businesses in the United States and global customers using advanced satellite and earth station technologies, ”according to an FCC filing. Amazon also announced on its Project Kuiper blog that it will provide "transport solutions for wireless carriers, expanding LTE and 5G services in new regions."
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