Amazon wants to offer high-speed Internet to “unserved and underserved communities” across the planet. The strategic plan is to launch a constellation of 3,236 low Earth orbit satellites under the Project Kuiper.
The so-called initiative was first spotted by GeekWire as Kuiper Systems LLC recently made three filings with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The international agency is responsible for coordinating satellite orbits.
An Amazon spokesperson confirmed its move to GeekWire, stating: “Project Kuiper is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet. We look forward to partnering on this initiative with companies that share this common vision.”
Satellites will be sent up into orbit at three different altitudes: 784 satellites at 367 miles, 1,296 satellites at 379 miles, and 1,156 satellites at 391 miles.
Besides Amazon, there are other companies too working on similar satellite projects. SpaceX is mulling over launching as many as 12,000 satellites and OneWeb 650 satellites. Facebook, on the other hand, is working on Athena, its very own internet satellite.