FCC greenlights Amazon's Kuiper 3236 satellite broadband constellation

Amazon to Take on SpaceX With Over $10 Billion Investment in Satellite Broadband Plan

Last year, Amazon said the project will launch a constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites to provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to people around the world who now lack broadband internet access.

In its initial FCC filing, Amazon claimed that an estimated 3.8 billion people around the world don't have reliable access to broadband internet, a problem that's been brought into stark relief as students of underserved communities struggle to attend virtual classes amid the covid-19 pandemic.

The project is aimed at creating low-earth-orbit (LOW) satellites that will directly compete with SpaceX's Starlink.

In all, Amazon will invest United States $ 10 billion in the project and will consist of five phases.

"A project of this scale requires significant effort and resources, and, due to the nature of [low-Earth orbit] constellations, it is not the kind of initiative that can start small".

The company said that the project will also benefit wireless carriers deploying 5G and other wireless services to new regions.

Although Amazon have yet to complete the final design for its constellation, the FCC report stipulates that the company proposes to deorbit their satellites in no more than 355 days - a shorter time frame than the 25-year standard established by NASA. The company has received permission from the government to release more than 3,200 satellites into orbit (amazon plan to launch satellites).

The FCC's five commissioners unanimously voted to allow Amazon to launch the new Kuiper fleet into space to communicate with antennas based on Earth - meeting the legal requirements to lift the new SpaceX competitor to space. Company executive Dave Limp said in a written statement that he has heard many things that people are not able to do their office work or school properly because of lack of reliable internet at home.

"There are still too many areas where broadband access is unreliable or in which it will not exist in any way".

Amazon will spend $10 billion on Project Kuiper. It's opening a research facility in Redmond, Washington, where the satellites will be designed and tested.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also has a company called Blue Origin, a space exploration company.

In comparison to Amazon's plan, SpaceX is working on blanketing the earth with almost 12,000 LEO satellites by 2027.

Amazon shares closed 0.6% higher at $3,051.88 on Thursday and gained 5% in the after-hours session to $3,204.60.



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