Amazon to launch over 3,000 satellites to provide global internet service

Amazon to launch over 3,000 satellites to provide global internet service

Moving forward with the initiative, the project has already filed with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) - the international organisation in charge of coordinating satellite orbits.

An Amazon spokesperson told The Verge: "Project Kuiper is a new initiative to launch a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world".

Amazon said its Kuiper constellation will provide data coverage for spots on Earth ranging from 56 degrees north to 56 degrees south, an area encompassing 95 percent of the world's population.

According to Badyal's LinkedIn page, he joined SpaceX in 2014 and most recently worked at SpaceX's satellite lab in Seattle, about 20 miles from Amazon's corporate headquarters.

Amazon is planning to launch 3,236 satellites so it can provide fast internet to "un-served and underserved communities around the world". Two experimental Starlink satellites were launched in February.

To date, only two test satellites have been launched-a few months before Badyal's departure previous year.

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Jeff Bezos (R), the founder of Blue Origin and Amazon.com, gestures toward a model of the BE-4 rocket engine.

SpaceX last week said it expects the first full Starlink satellite mission to launch no earlier than May.

Social networking giant Facebook is also developing an Internet satellite of its own, the report noted. Late past year, the FCC approved the addition of 7,518 satellites to the constellation, bringing Starlink's planned total to 11,943 satellites in orbit.

Amazon has yet to announce where the satellites will be manufactured and given the time it typically takes to get administrative endorsement for similar networks, Bezos' project would take at least two or three years to start participating in the space race with actual launches.

Starlink, as Musk's project is called, is set to begin launching satellites this year and according to the company will come online once 800 satellites are operational.

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