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Amazon spends billions of dollars on its Kuiper project

Amazon spends billions of dollars on its Kuiper project

Project Kuiper Do broadband satellite module Amazonthat you intend to compete with SpaceX satellite internet service from Elon Musk. The company has already bought 83 stadiums Billions of dollars are expected to be spent on space launches, according to Micah Maidenberg in The Wall Street Journal.

Amazon’s Project Kuiper Said It’s Even Safe 83 planned launches They will transfer Satellites in orbit for five years. The Seattle-based e-commerce giant has not sent any satellites, though it has said it will launch two prototypes this year.

Project Kuiper and SpaceXAnd his official name Space Exploration Technologies Inc.. Among the companies and government agencies that are competing for it Send broadband satellites into low Earth orbitIn some cases, markets are betting that they can compete with traditional broadband providers.

New Amazon releases planned Rely on larger missiles still under development They must show that they can fly as expected. The launch of companies contracted to put the Kuiper satellites into orbit, including Blue Origin LLCencountered delays in developing those missiles.

Executives at those launch companies declined to say when the Amazon unit’s satellites would begin to be put into orbit under the new deals.

Aerospace company Musk has jumped to the fore by building a A fleet of satellites in orbit. The SpaceX Starlink Internet Service Owns 250,000 subscriberssaid an executive at a recent industry event, and issued more than 1900 satellites in what it calls a first-generation satellite system, according to a regulatory filing in January.

SpaceX said in the presentation that it is making improvements to its Starlink satellites and Starship, the large rocket that SpaceX wants to use for Starlink deployments and other missions.

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With government approval

in 2020, Federal Communications Commission Authorize Project Kuiper to implement 3236 broadband satellites, according to an FCC filing. The agency asked that at least half of it work for July 2026Otherwise, the Kuiper project may lose the right to transmit some satellites. The new launches purchased by Amazon will provide the ability to deploy most satellites authorized by the Federal Communications Commission, according to the company.

Dave Limp, Senior Vice President of Devices and Services at AmazonHe declined to say how much the company would spend on the planned launches, but said the total spending was in the billions. “Project Kuiper has purchased presentations due to the 2026 deadline, and also because the unit has passed business building milestones.”

hired project Kuiper blue originthe space company he founded Jeff Bezos, former CEO of Amazon who serves as CEO on the e-commerce company’s board of directors, to make dozens of offers, along with options for 15 others.

United Launch Alliancea company owned by Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.. , he has a mission 38 stadiums, in addition to the nine launches Amazon announced last year on a separate ULA rocket. The French company is expected to be Arianespace SA performance 18.

In addition to handling Project Kuiper flights on its planned rocket New GlenBlue Origin builds engines for Centaur VulcanAnd the missile that United launch It has been developed and that it will be used to send satellites to the Amazon drive.

Garrett Jones, Senior Vice President of Blue Origin for New Glenn Rocketsaid the company plans to deliver engines to United Launch soon and is working to have four reusable New Glenn boosters by 2025.

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“Out of those three vendors, they all obviously have some risk associated with them and we’ve examined that more closely,” Limp said. “We feel that everyone is on the right track.”

work in development

Project Kuiper is working on planned service agreements. Agreement reached last year with Verizon Communications Inc. included Providing satellite links It aims to expand some of Verizon’s networks to reach rural and remote areas of the United States. Starlink SpaceX Signed a similar agreement with A Japanese telecommunications provider.

“Starlink takes the lead on Project Kuiper,” according to Satellite Industry Analyst Chris Quilty of Quilty AnalyticsBut he said Amazon’s business has the advantage of looking at the challenges of a market leader.

Limp noted that there is room for more than one winner for satellite broadband, due in part to the number of disconnected and disadvantaged people around the world.

The United Launch CEO, Tori Bruno, he said his company will launch Vulcan Centaur missiles for a national security client before Project Kuiper flights. “This pressure is already there.”

Amazon On Monday, it closed in the green at $3,366.93 and the recent crossover of the moving averages, which is the 70’s below the 200 period, will give us a bearish signal. At the same time, the Ei indices are practically bullish.