Amazon is ready to fly, not only with the earnings star of the last quarter, but in the true sense of the word. The giant led by Jeff Bezos, has in fact been received by the FCC the go-ahead to Project the Kuiper belt. The objective of the project is to launch in the low earth orbit mega-constellation of satellites that will be employed to provide broadband internet connectivity and low latency in every part of the Planet. Is a program similar to Starlink of SpaceX.
The authorization provided by the FCC is a necessary step in order to Project the Kuiper belt may actually entering in the alive one, Amazon has made the request in July of last year shortly after the announcement of the project. The colossus of online shopping is expected to invest in the Project Kuiper over 10 billion dollars and launch a total of 3.236 satellites. According to the documentation filed with the FCC, the aim is to send into orbit half by 2026 and to finalize the work by July 30, 2029.
The unknowns at this point are no longer bureaucratic but of a practical nature. Rajeev Badyal, vice president of Project Kuiper – remember that the research and development team in charge of it formally became independent from Amazon in 2020 – emphasizes that, as is the case with all broadband systems based on a network of satellites sent in orbit LEO (Low-Earth-Orbit), there are a number of new challenges. In order to resolve them was formed a group of engineers and scientists – there are still many open positions – but will be determined by the contribution of Amazon, both in financial terms, both for the experience gained in the field of network infrastructure (think of the role of the first plan that the company has in the market of cloud services).
Starlink of SpaceX has shown that the obstacles to be overcome in order to realize projects such as this one can be either in heaven – and cover and then the launch of the satellliti – both on the Ground, given that the system, in order to become fully operational, and requires the installation of radio stations on land. Then there is another “side effect” linked to the production of waste in space: on point Amazon wanted to reassure the FCC committing to deorbitare the satellites of Project the Kuiper belt within 355 days of the completion of their mission, and not after the age of 25 canons, provided for by the standards set by NASA; he also added that it will comply with the other guidelines on the management of waste space set by the space agency of the united states.
There are still many operational details on the Project Kuiper: you know that you will continue to be brought forward in the research and development center located in Redmond, and that the services guaranteed by the satellite network will be made available both to end users for the same network operators that can use them to extend the coverage of 4G and 5G to other areas of the Planet.