Amazon is ready to fly not only with earnings star last quarter but in the truest sense of the word. The giant led by Jeff Bezos has in fact received the go-ahead for Project Kuiper from the FCC. The goal of the project is to launch a mega constellation of satellites into the low Earth orbit that will be used to provide broadband and low latency internet connectivity in every part of the planet. It is therefore a similar program to SpaceX's Starlink.
The authorization provided by the FCC is a necessary step for Project Kuiper to actually get to the heart, Amazon submitted the request in July last year shortly after the announcement of the project. The online shopping giant plans to invest over $ 10 billion in Project Kuiper and launch a total of 3,236 satellites. According to the documentation filed with the FCC, the aim is to send half of them into orbit by 2026 and to finalize the work by 30 July 2029.
The unknowns at this point are no longer bureaucratic but of a practical nature. Rajeev Badyal, vice president of Project Kuiper – remember that the research and development team in charge became formally independent of Amazon in 2020 – underlines that, as is the case with all broadband systems based on a network of satellites sent into the LEO orbit (Low -Earth-Orbit), there are numerous challenges to face. To solve them, a group of engineers and scientists has been formed – there are still many open positions – but Amazon's contribution will also be crucial, both in financial terms and for how much the experience gained in the field of network infrastructures (think the leading role that the multinational has in the cloud services market).
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Spacelink's Starlink has shown that the obstacles to be overcome to carry out projects like this can be found both in the sky – and therefore relate to the launch of satellites – and on Earth, given that the system, in order to become fully operational, needs the installation of stations terrestrial radios. Then there is another '' side effect '' linked to the production of space waste: on the point Amazon wanted to reassure the FCC by committing to deorb the satellites of Project Kuiper within 355 days from the completion of their mission and not after the 25 canonical years provided by the standards set by NASA; He also added that he will comply with the other space waste management guidelines set by the US aerospace agency.
Many operational details are still missing on Project Kuiper: it is known that it will continue to be carried out in the research and development center located in Redmond and that the services guaranteed by the satellite network will be made available for both end users and for the network operators themselves. they can use them to extend 4G and 5G coverage to other areas of the planet.
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