Amazon‘s long awaited satellite based internet projecttook his first step. With the successful satellite launch announced by United Launch Alliance (ULA), Amazon sent the first two Project Kuiper satellites into space. This launch, carried out from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station with an Atlas V rocket, revealed Amazon’s claim in the satellite internet sector.
A Rival to Starlink Released: Amazon Kuiper Project
Amazon is expected to be an alternative to Starlink Kuiper Projecthas been eagerly awaited for a while. With this first launch, called Protoflight, Amazon aims to conduct tests in real-world conditions by sending two prototype satellites to low Earth orbit.
The company will exchange important data through these prototype satellites. These tests will be carried out in many areas, from launching satellites into orbit to launch and mission operations. If successful results are obtained, Amazon will de-orbit these prototype satellites and destroy them in the atmosphere.
Goal and Progress of the Kuiper Project
Amazon clearly states its goal with the Kuiper Project: To provide fast and affordable broadband service to regions around the world that do not have internet access or are underserved.
Having received the necessary approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Amazon plans to send more than 3,200 satellites into orbit in the next six years. KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2 prototypes appear as the first steps of this major project. Amazon plans to launch fully operational satellites in 2024 and offer beta tests to customers in the same year.