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Amazon’s first internet satellite launch was a success

What To Know

  • The aerospace manufacturer’s Atlas V rocket effectively transported the first pair of Project Kuiper satellites to a low Earth orbit last Friday.
  • Amazon has dedicated considerable effort to Project Kuiper, its endeavor akin to Starlink for internet satellite services, with initial plans to launch prototypes by the end of the previous year.
  • The company aims to launch production satellites in the first half of 2024 and commence beta testing with select customers by the end of the following year.
  • For those who missed the launch, a replay of the livestream is available below, with the rocket taking off at approximately the 26.

Amazon’s inaugural satellite launch achieved success, as reported by United Launch Alliance. The aerospace manufacturer’s Atlas V rocket effectively transported the first pair of Project Kuiper satellites to a low Earth orbit last Friday. Termed “Protoflight,” the mission took flight at 2:06 PM ET from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Amazon has dedicated considerable effort to Project Kuiper, its endeavor akin to Starlink for internet satellite services, with initial plans to launch prototypes by the end of the previous year. Protoflight holds significant value for the company as it presents a pivotal learning opportunity.

It affords Amazon the capability to gather real-world data from space, complementing the insights drawn from laboratory and field tests. Amazon anticipates a deeper understanding of how its network will perform in both terrestrial and celestial environments. Furthermore, this mission serves as a comprehensive assessment of satellite processing, launch procedures, and mission operations.

Following the mission’s conclusion, Amazon intends to actively deorbit both satellites to prevent them from burning up in Earth’s atmosphere. Rajeev Badyal, Vice President of Technology for Project Kuiper, noted, “Although we have extensively tested our satellite design in our laboratory and have a high level of confidence, there is no substitute for on-orbit testing. This marks Amazon’s inaugural foray into satellite deployment, and regardless of the mission’s outcome, we anticipate gaining invaluable insights.”

Amazon’s overarching goal with Project Kuiper is to provide swift and cost-effective broadband connectivity to underserved and remote communities worldwide. Following FCC approval, the company intends to deploy over 3,200 satellites within the next six years, with KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2 prototypes representing the initial iterations.

The company aims to launch production satellites in the first half of 2024 and commence beta testing with select customers by the end of the following year. For those who missed the launch, a replay of the livestream is available below, with the rocket taking off at approximately the 26:05 mark in the video.

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