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Amazon Is Looking To Compete With Starlink – And It Has Signed A New Deal To Launch 83 Satellites

Amazon’s aspirations to contend with Elon Musk’s SpaceX by broadcasting satellite internet to consumers across the world have advanced after the business obtained rocket launch contracts with partners in the US and Europe. The company stated that it has secured agreements for up to 83 launches, which would carry the vast majority of Amazon’s 3,236 “Project Kuiper” broadband satellites into orbit. Despite concerns about asteroids and comets and their effect on the celestial sphere, the initiative is one of several aimed at putting thousands of satellites into low-Earth orbit. According to firm spokespeople, the bundle of transactions represents the “leading commercial acquisition of propulsion systems in history.” Amazon did not provide detailed financial specifics about the deals or a launch timetable, but did state that it was “spending billions of dollars throughout the three contracts.” According to one Amazon executive, the business will contribute “no less than $10 billion.”

Despite the delayed timeline, Amazon will not comment on its strong connection with its founder and board chair Jeff Bezos influenced its choice to cooperate with Blue Origin. “With these massive, heavy-lift rockets, we can deploy more of our network with fewer missions, simplifying our launch and installation timeline,” Amazon stated that it now has over 1,000 personnel engaged on Project Kuiper, the majority who are mostly in design and construction. The program, which will focus on giving internet access to impoverished regions, will necessitate the creation of a minimal antenna to respond to signals. The idea of a constellation of mini-spacecraft giving global internet access is not new, and many other groups have previously deployed hundreds of satellites into orbit. The most sophisticated is Elon Musk’s Starlink program, which has so far launched around 1,915 satellites into orbit out of the 42,000 required to maintain worldwide internet access.

“Trying to secure launching bandwidth from several sources has been a fundamental aspect of our plan from day one,” stated Rajeev Badyal, Project Kuiper’s vice president of technology. “This method eliminates the risk involved with launch system stand-downs while also supporting Amazon’s economical long-term pricing, saving time and money that we can transfer on to our clients.”