Amazon’s Satellite Internet Service Hits Warp Speed
Amazon has sent its plans for a satellite internet service into hyperdrive, securing up to 83 different space launches to ferry satellites into orbit.
Amazon’s Project Kuiper will use three different rocket services to send the satellites into low-earth orbit, over the next five years. Aside from Blue Origin, the space company founded by Jeff Bezos, Boeing’s United Launch Alliance, and French company Arianespace SAS will be tasked with deploying the satellites.
Project Kuiper still has quite a way to go in order to compete with Elon Musk’s SpaceX project, which currently has 1,900 satellites in space, and 250,000 subscribers to its Starlink internet service.
The FCC has, however, authorised Project Kuiper to send 3,236 broadband satellites into low-orbit, with at least half required to be operational by July 2026.
Amazon says the 83 rocket launches it has secured will be enough to send most of these 3,236 into orbit.