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Amazon inks deal to launch its first internet satellites

2022-04-05 17:45 by
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Amazon is moving its business into the exosphere, with plans to deploy more than 3,000 satellites to beam internet connectivity all over the planet. On Tuesday, the company announced deals with three rocket companies that will launch those satellites.

Amazon booked 83 launches onboard rockets from Arianespace, Blue Origin, and United Launch Alliance to transport a majority of its Project Kuiper satellite constellation to low-Earth orbit within the next five years.

Prior to this recent deal, the company had already purchased nine Atlas 5 launches from ULA about a year ago. Although Amazon did not announce the total cost of the contracts, it is spending billions from its $10 billion overall budget for Project Kuiper, a company spokesman told the Verge.

The race to beam broadband internet using thousands of satellites in low earth orbit is heating up, with SpaceX so far gaining advantage over other players. Project Kuiper plans to launch its first two prototype satellites by year's end.

"Amazon is investing billions of dollars across the three agreements. Together, it is the largest commercial procurement of launch vehicles in history," an Amazon spokesperson told Reuters.

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