Amazon seeks FCC approval for Kuiper satellite constellation system2019-07-08 16:46 by Daniela
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Amazon has filed a request to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for permission to launch 3,236 communications satellites into orbit as part of Project Kuiper, which seeks to provide internet to under-served parts of the world.
Amazon's ambitions are no secret. It wants to create a system of satellites flying in low Earth orbit or LEO to deliver its services to as many people as possible. It already has the ground infrastructure to make that possible and all it needs is to get those satellites up in the air.
They'd use Ka-band frequencies like those Iridium is using in its latest satellites, and Amazon is asking for clearance to use anti-interference technology to avoid headaches. And yes, Amazon is aware of the potential problems with space debris. The satellites would deorbit themselves in less than 10 years whether or not they were still in contact with Earth.
"Amazon's mission is to be Earth's most customer-centric company, and the Kuiper System is one of our ambitious projects to fulfill this mission," the application reads. "The Kuiper System will deliver satellite broadband communications services to tens of millions of unserved and underserved consumers and businesses in the United States and around the globe."
The FCC already has approved nearly 13,000 low-Earth orbit satellites. Those include 11,943 for Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp., which launched an initial batch of 60 spacecraft in May.
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