Recent public filings with the FCC from Amazon show that the company is embarking on a “big, audacious space project” which will involve launching over 3,000 satellites to deliver global broadband. Yes, that is big. The filings from Project Kuiper show that the satellites will be put into low Earth orbit to provide broadband connectivity to underserved communities.
Amazon will be launching 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit to “provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world,” the company said. These satellites will provide data coverage for 95 percent of the land where the population lives. “This is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet,” the spokesperson for the company said.
We don’t know how much this project is going to cost. We also don’t know when Project Kuiper will be launched. It will likely cost billions of dollars, but it could make billions of dollars in revenue for the company later.
Since the company made filings, they are pretty serious, but how long it will take for Amazon to put these satellites in orbit to deliver high-speed broadband across the globe, we can’t say. It is a bold project.