Why SpaceX And Amazon Are Launching 42,000+ Satellites
Amazon.com Inc announced yesterday that it will invest more than $ 10 billion in the creation of an orbital network of 3236 satellites that will provide high-speed broadband Internet services to people around the world, especially those who, due to various circumstances, still do not have such access..
This announcement follows the approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of a plan called «Project Kuiper» to deploy a constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites that will compete with SpaceX’s Starlink satellite network Ilona Mask. And also followed after the release of Amazon’s report, according to which the company made the largest profit in its 26-year history..
«A project of this magnitude requires significant effort and resources, and due to the specifics of the LEO satellite network, this is not an initiative that can start small. You must make up your mind», – the company says.
The project will also help wireless carriers deploying 5G and other wireless services in new regions, Amazon said..
In comparison, SpaceX has launched more than 500 satellites out of about 12,000 planned for its Starlink project in low Earth orbit, and plans to offer broadband services in the US and Canada by the end of the year. Federal Communications Commission approves SpaceX’s request for a satellite network in 2018.
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell, which in February announced the idea of organizing an IPO for Starlink in the coming years, said that the constellation of Starlink satellites will cost the company approximately $ 10 billion.
Satellite technology is extremely expensive to deploy and can provide high-speed Internet access for people who live in rural or hard-to-reach locations where fiber optic cables and cell towers are not available. This technology can also become a critical defense when hurricanes or other natural disasters disrupt communications..
FCC approval, passed unanimously (5-0), requires Amazon to launch half of its satellites no later than mid-2026 and complete the satellite network by mid-2029.
Amazon Says It Will Start Offering Broadband Services After Launching 578 Satellites.
Amazon currently has over 110 job openings for its «Project Kuiper», according to the information posted on the website. The satellites will be designed and tested at a new research facility in Redmond, Washington.