Amazon to launch satellites into space to generate its own internet network
Amazon has announced its plan to launch a total of 3,236 satellites into space in order to generate a new high-speed broadband network.
The plan forms part of its ‘Project Kuiper’ initiative, which aims to provide broadband to those who lack basic internet access. If it is given the go-ahead by regulators, the satellite constellation will be positioned at three different altitudes and reach up to 95 percent of the world’s population.
It will function using the AWS Ground Station, a computing service that Amazon established last year to enable communications between the satellites and Earth.
This comes ahead of Facebook’s satellite project, which was announced in July of last year. Amazon’s constellation may be launched by founder Jeff Bezos’ own spaceflight company BlueOrigin, though it is reviewing other options for launch.
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By Martha Davies