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Amazon planning 3,236-satellite constellation for internet connectivity

5 Apr 2019, 01:03 UTC
Amazon planning 3,236-satellite constellation for internet connectivity
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WASHINGTON — Amazon is joining the list of companies planning a constellation of thousands of satellites for broadband internet connectivity.
The internet shopping giant has asked international spectrum regulators to provide access to airwaves for a constellation of 3,236 satellites.
Amazon’s constellation is filed under the name Kuiper Systems with the International Telecommunication Union. Amazon confirmed its connection to Kuiper Systems in a statement to SpaceNews.
“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. “This is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet. We look forward to partnering on this initiative with companies that share this common vision.”
News of Amazon’s constellation application was first reported by GeekWire.
The Amazon constellation calls for three layers of satellites — 784 in a 590-kilometer orbit, 1,156 in a 630-kilometer orbit, and 1,296 in a 610-kilometer orbit.
Many details about Amazon’s proposed constellation remain unknown, such as who would build the satellites and when Amazon hopes to have them in orbit. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ...

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