Amazon Plans to Launch Over 3,000 Satellites to Offer Broadband Internet

Project Kuiper was first reported by tech news site GeekWire, which mentioned US regulatory filings revealing that the satellite project that may cost billions of dollars to complete.

“Project Kuiper is a fresh initiative to establish a constellation of low earth orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities across the world,” Amazon said in reaction to an AFP inquiry.

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

The filings described a plan to place 3,236 satellites in low orbit at altitudes ranging from 367 kilometers (590 kilometres) to 391 miles (630-kilometre), based on GeekWire.

The frontier of space is internationally agreed to function as 62 miles (100 kilometres) above Earth, known as the Karman Line.

The Seattle-based online powerhouse was looking to associate with like-minded companies on the effort.

There was not any indication that Project Kuiper thus much involved Blue Origin, the aircraft firm owned by Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, which blasted off the 10th test flight of its own New Shepard rocket early this year.

More evaluation flights lie ahead, but the first flights with passengers on board could start by late night 2019.

Many businesses have been trying to utilize space-based internet systems since the 1990s including one endorsed by Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Saudi royal household investors.