Amazon’s Project Kuiper completes the first launch of its satellite internet network. Amazon’s answer to Tesla’s Starlink is the company’s own endeavor to beam internet service from space.
Amazon’s Project Kuiper Satellite Internet Network
Amazon has reportedly completed its much-anticipated and long-delayed first launch of satellites for Project Kuiper, which is the planned orbital internet network of the company.
A pair of test satellites which were aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that reportedly lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, just after 2 p.m. ET on Friday, as shown by launch footage that was posted on X (formerly known as Twitter) by ULA. And if all goes well, the satellites in question will be deployed at an altitude of 311 miles above the ground and then remain in low Earth orbit for testing.
The two satellites as you should know are prototypes of the eventual 3,200-plus plans to help build and deploy over the next couple of six years.
What Is Amazon’s Project Kuiper
Project Kuiper for those that don’t know is Amazon’s plan to build out a new service category to directly rival Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet from SpaceX, which at the moment has thousands of satellites in orbit and providing internet to more than a million customers in several countries. Andy Jassey, the CEO of Amazon has stated that the Kuiper satellite service will be a core part of the business going forward.
While the initial plan, which was set last October, was for the initial launch of Kuiper to be on the newest Vulcan Centaur launch vehicle of the ULA, which makes use of engines that are built by Blue Origin (a company helmed by Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder), it was however instead mounted on an Atlas V rocket. The next launch of ULA is set to be the first with the Vulcan rocket.
When You Will Get Internet Service from Amazon
Amazon aims to start launching its very own operational satellites in the first half of the coming year, with beta testing for commercial customers reportedly planned around, as reported in the early parts of Friday by Cord Cutters News.
The service also aims to be available to consumers, government, health care, businesses as well as various organizations so that they can get affordable broadband services where there isn’t already access to fast and reliable internet.
Amazon as well as regular customers, states that in the event of natural disasters or other forms of emergencies, Project Kuiper terminals can be deployed to add internet infrastructure faster than before.
How to Get Amazon’s Internet Service
Amazon So far, has partnered with several providers to extend their 4G and 5G networks, so once it finally launches, you will be able to get unrestricted access to Amazon’s satellite internet via those very providers if you’re living in those set regions. Vodafone as well as Vodacom will install Project Kuiper infrastructure alongside their very own cellular towers.
And as the launch of the beta service gets close, more information will become available on just how you will be able to sign up for it in other parts of the globe.
MORE RELATED POSTS
- Apple Could Add Satellite Connectivity to the Apple Watch Pro
- Apple Already Completed Satellite Connectivity Testing For the iPhone 14
- India Says not to Preorder Starlink Until It Obtains a License
- Elon Musk Criticized After Space Complaint by China to UN
- Elon Musk’s Starlink Reportedly loses $886M Subsidy