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Amazon to ramp up manufacturing of Project Kuiper satellites

2022-10-27 17:40 by
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Amazon says it'll open a 172,000-square-foot production facility in Kirkland, Wash., to manufacture thousands of satellites for its Project Kuiper broadband internet constellation.

"The new facility will create more than 200 highly skilled aerospace and manufacturing jobs in the Puget Sound region and provide the scale required to build as many as four satellites per day," the company added.

Unveiled in 2019, Project Kuiper, is Amazon's plan to build a network of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit to provide high-speed broadband internet. Amazon notched a key milestone in 2020 when the Federal Communications Commission authorized the satellite internet system.

Amazon already has a 219,000-square-foot facility for Project Kuiper in Redmond, Washington, that's devoted to research and development. But the company needs more room to scale up production for Project Kuiper, which entails operating thousands of satellites in Earth's orbit to beam high-speed internet to customers on the ground.

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