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Amazon Working to Bring Inclusive Internet with 3,236 Satellites

Social networking giant Facebook is also developing an Internet satellite of its own, the report noted

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The logo of Amazon, online retailer is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, France. VOA

In a bid to provide Internet to the “unserved and underserved communities around the world”, Amazon is working to launch a constellation of 3,236 satellites into low-Earth orbit.

The project “Kuiper” will consist of 784 satellites at an altitude of 367 miles from the earth, 1,296 satellites at 379 miles and 1,156 satellites at 391 miles — facilitating Internet availability to over 95 per cent of the earth’s total population.

“Project ‘Kuiper’ will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world,” The Verge quoted an Amazon spokesperson as saying on Friday.

“This is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband Internet.”

Moving forward with the initiative, the project has already filed with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) — the international organisation in charge of coordinating satellite orbits.

Even though Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos has his own spaceflight company called “Blue Origin”, the company is considering all other options as well.

Amazon logo. Wikimedia

Details on whether the company intends to build its own satellites or buy them from a third party remain unclear as of now.

“There’s no time-frame for when Amazon’s satellites might be sent into orbit, but it will need to receive the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval before it can do so,” the report added.

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Apart from Amazon, other tech majors have also lately been working with satellites.

Elon Musk-owned SpaceX has plans to launch as many as 12,000 satellites as part of its “Starlink” constellation and London-based global communications company “OneWeb” wants to launch 650 satellites to implement new space-based Internet communication systems.

Social networking giant Facebook is also developing an Internet satellite of its own, the report noted. (IANS)

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SpaceX Launches 60 ‘Starlink’ Satellites to Bring Cheaper Global Internet

Starlink is targeted to offer service in parts of the U.S. and Canada after six launches, rapidly expanding to global coverage of the populated world after 24 launches

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SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk, left, speaks during an event. VOA

Elon Musk-run SpaceX has launched 60 “Starlink” satellites into low-Earth orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida that will bring cheaper Internet access to the world.

The 60 mini satellites went into space aboard Falcon 9 rocket, ending a nearly three-month launch hiatus for the company.

The “Starlink” satellites will be deployed at an altitude of 280 km to beam broadband Internet services.

Prior to orbit raise, SpaceX engineers were to conduct data reviews to ensure all Starlink satellites are operating as intended.

“Once the checkouts are complete, the satellites will then use their onboard ion thrusters to move into their intended orbits,a SpaceX said in a statement late Monday.

The 60 Starlink satellites are part of the second batch of SpaceXs broadband Internet mega constellation.

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. Wikimedia Commons

SpaceX is developing a low latency, broadband internet system to meet the needs of consumers across the globe.

Enabled by a constellation of low Earth-orbit satellites, Starlink will provide fast, reliable internet to populations with little or no connectivity, including those in rural communities and places where existing services are too expensive or unreliable, the company said in a statement.

Since the most recent launch of Starlink satellites in May, SpaceX has increased spectrum capacity for the end-user through upgrades in design that maximise the use of both Ka and Ku bands.

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Additionally, the components of each satellite are 100 per cent demisable and will quickly burn up in Earth’s atmosphere at the end of their life cycle – a measure that exceeds all current safety standards.

Starlink is targeted to offer service in parts of the U.S. and Canada after six launches, rapidly expanding to global coverage of the populated world after 24 launches. (IANS)