Friday, 26 April, 2019

Amazon To Launch Over 3000 Satellites For Global Broadband

GettyImages-455597370 Amazon to launch satellites for broadband internet
Emmett Howard | 09 April, 2019, 18:57

It came after the Washington D.C. -based company Kuiper System filed to International Telecommunications Union to put 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit, including 784 satellites at an altitude of 590 kilometers, 1,296 ones at 610 kilometers and 1,156 satellites at 630 kilometers. Its confirmation will make Amazon the latest FAANG member to take its terrestrial internet ambitions into space.

San Francisco: In a bid to provide Internet to the "unserved and underserved communities around the world", Amazon is working to launch a constellation of 3,236 satellites into low-Earth orbit.

Christened Project Kuiper, the aims of the program are the same as those of Project Loon: provide robust internet services to populations that can not be served by existing solutions.

Badyal, who worked for Microsoft Corporation before hopping over to SpaceX, was sacked by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in June 2018 over serious disagreements concerning the pace of Starlink satellite development.

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SpaceX launched its first two prototype broadband data satellites. Well-informed sources said Badyal "wanted three more iterations of test satellites", while Musk insisted the job could be done "with cheaper and simpler satellites, sooner". A number of these SpaceX bosses have followed Badyal to Kuiper Systems.

Jeff Bezos, CEO at Amazon is said to have plans to elevate Blue Origin, his private space company from its startup mode.

"There's no time-frame for when Amazon's satellites might be sent into orbit, but it will need to receive the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) approval before it can do so", the report added. Late previous year, the FCC approved the addition of 7,518 satellites to the constellation, bringing Starlink's planned total to 11,943 satellites in orbit.

Badyal previously ran the satellite network division at SpaceX, which launched its first two test satellites previous year. Badyal's hiring could be a sign that Amazon is trying to bring in talent with the experience of developing this type of satellite internet network. Starlink will become operational once at least 800 satellites are deployed.

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