Amazon wants to offer internet connectivity from space

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos founder of Blue Origin LLC speaks at a space symposium in Colorado Springs Colorado

Amazon would be one of several companies seeking to use satellites to deliver internet to remote areas including Elon Musk's SpaceX and OneWeb, a venture-backed startup with funding from Japan's SoftBank, Airbus and chipmaker Qualcomm.

Amazom.com Inc.is planning to launch thousands of satellites to provide broadband internet access around the globe.

The initiative, which Amazon has codenamed Project Kuiper, seeks to launch a total of 3,236 satellites.

SpaceX's Starlink network of 12,000 satellites has other things going for it.

Amazon likely named its broadband effort after the Kuiper belt, an area on the edge of our solar system, consisting of a disc of asteroids and ice objects. The endeavor, titled Project Kuiper, involves deploying 3,236 low-Earth orbit satellites in to cover roughly 95% of the global population.

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Amazon and Lockheed Martin in November announced the launch of AWS Ground Station to leverage the cloud-computing capabilities of Amazon Web Services to support communications with satellites, particularly those in low Earth orbit.

A spokesperson from Amazon confirmed that the initiative exists in an email statement to GeekWire, calling it a "long-term project aiming to serve tens of millions of people that lack basic Internet connectivity". "We anticipate partnering on this initiative with organizations that share this common vision".

Meanwhile, Facebook, Boeing and LeoSat have revealed plans to beam internet from space.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will keep 75 percent of the Amazon stock he and his now ex-wife MacKenzie own, as part of the settlement agreement she disclosed on Thursday. It also has yet to make a decision about how it will launch them into orbit. And, wouldn't you know it, Amazon launched AWS Ground Station for space-to-ground communications a year ago.

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