Amazon’s innovative Project Kuiper is meant to bring speedy internet connection to rural areas around the globe similar to Starlink.
The company The success of the project will bring affordable, low-latency, high-speed internet access to underserved or unserved areas across the globe.
Amazon recently got a Federal Communications Commission approval to launch about 3,236 low Earth orbit satellites for its Project Kuiper and two of those will be launched in the fourth quarter of the year 2022 if all go well.
The two satellites that will be launched include KuiperSat-1 and KuperSat-2 both of which will reach low Earth orbit onboard the ABL Space System’s new RS-1 rocket.
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According to Amazon, the introduction of the satellite system is an important step in the development process that will allow for testing designs that can be further improved for future operations.
And while there has been plenty of testing on the ground, the vice president of technology for Project Kuiper, Rajeev Badyal, acknowledges “there is no substitute for on-orbit testing, and we expect to learn a lot given the complexity and risk of operating in such a challenging environment.”
The prototype satellites will not deliver the intended home internet connectivity that the company had claimed – since it’s just a demo to test how things would work out.
Another thing is the fact that both test satellites (KuiperSat-1 and 2) will be made to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere which will ultimately lead to their demise.
The company will however take precautionary measures in order to mitigate the risk of orbital debris.
As interesting as the launching of numerous satellites to low Earth orbit is, Amazon will need a minimum of 578 satellites before the service can even be available to the general consumers which is why it’ll all take time even though it’s something we can all look forward to.