Amazon gets FCC approval for $10bn internet satellite constellation launch

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 2, 2020

The Jeff Bezos-led giant on Thursday received the Federal Communications Commission's go-ahead to build, deploy, and operate its ambitious Kuiper constellation - a massive satellite network aimed at providing broadband services to the United States and other parts of the world.

Delivering high-speed, low-latency, affordable broadband service to places beyond the reach of fiber or wireless networks, however, is no small task.

Amazon announced Project Kuiper last spring to build a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation capable of providing reliable, affordable broadband service to unserved and underserved communities around the world.

To deliver the internet Amazon will be deploying Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, an approach also being used by other companies such as SpaceX's for its Starlink offering as Elon Musk's space company similarly looks to get into the internet market.

The project is still at a nascent stage but Amazon says it is committed to building the constellation and will invest $10 billion to make it a reality.

The company has until 2026 to launch half of the constellation to retain its FCC license, and then the remaining satellites by 2029.

Amazon said that Project Kuiper will be designed and tested in its all-new research and development facility opening in Redmond, Washington.

In 2018, the FCC voted to allow Space X, Telesat and two other companies to roll out new satellite-based broadband services.

Amazon has gotten an endorsement from the U.S. Government Communications Commission (FCC) to dispatch and work an arranged group of stars of 3,236 web satellites.

David Limp, Amazon's Senior Vice President, welcomed the positive sequence in the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at a blog article, writing: "We've heard so many stories recently about people that are not able to perform their job or finish schoolwork since they do not have reliable internet in your home". As of July 31, Amazon had posted listings for 110 open jobs related to Project Kuiper on its site.

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

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, also owns rocket firm Blue Origin which could assist in getting the satellites into orbit.

SpaceX building a competing constellation called Starlink and has already launched more than 500 satellites.

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