Amazon Will Launch 83 Satellites To Beat Elon Musk In Satellite Internet Race; Total 3000 Satellites Will Be Used!
The US tech giant Amazon.com Inc, in a strong competition to billionaire and entrepreneur Elon Musk-owned SpaceX’s Starlink, has secured rocket launches with three companies to provide beam broadband internet.
For this, the tech major is spending huge sums of money, on a scale of billions, as the e-commerce giant plans to launch its first two prototype satellites to the low earth orbit (LEO) by the end of the ongoing calendar year.
Here’s everything you need to learn about Amazon’s expansion in the beam broadband internet space.
Amazon’s Project Kuiper and Securing Launches
The tech major has secured rocket launches with three companies, it informed on Monday, one of them being the company founder Jeff Bezos owned Blue Origin.
The Project Kuiper, according to the company, has over the past 5 years, secured 83 launches.
Even though Amazon wishes to offer a strong competition to SpaceX, the latter company continues to hold advantage over other players.
It plans to launch two of its prototype satellites by the end of 2022, as the company, as mentioned before, is investing billions of dollars across the three agreements.
According to an Amazon representative, together, it is the largest commercial procurement of launch vehicles in history
There are 18 launches in the contract with Arianespace’s Ariane 6 rockets, 12 launches with Blue Origin’s New Glenn. About 15 more can also be added, while 38 launches with the Vulcan Centaur rocket are made by United Launch Alliance.
The tech major’s devices unit head, Dave Limp said, “Amazon’s devices unit, said the company “wanted diversity in our launch partnerships. It’s the largest contract ever signed by Arianespace in its history.”
He also added that it was a result of two years and half of talks with them. Also, these launches will happen between 2024 and 2027.
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