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Amazon’s Game-Changing Move: $120 Million for Revolutionary Internet Satellite Facility!

 
Amazon to Invest $120 Million in Satellite Construction Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Amazon has announced it will invest $120 million to build a satellite construction facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, as part of its ambitious space internet service called “Project Kuiper.” The goal of this project is to provide fast and affordable broadband to unserved and underserved communities worldwide. In order to achieve this, Amazon plans to deploy a constellation of more than 3,200 satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO).

The company aims to begin full-scale production launches and early customer pilots for Project Kuiper next year. The new satellite construction facility in Florida will play a critical role in these operations. Steve Metayer, the vice president of Kuiper Production Operations, emphasized the importance of this facility in realizing their ambitious plan.

Amazon already has a production facility in Kirkland, Washington, which is set to commence operations later this year. Once the satellite units are produced there, they will be transported to Florida for final preparations and integration with rockets from Blue Origin, another company founded by Jeff Bezos, and United Launch Alliance (ULA) before being launched into space.

While Amazon is planning to compete with SpaceX’s Starlink, Elon Musk’s company remains the dominant player in this field. SpaceX has already launched the first batch of its over 3,700 operational Starlink satellites. London-based OneWeb is also a significant player in this emerging sector.

Interestingly, governments are also joining the space race. China, for example, has plans to launch a constellation called GuoWang, comprising 13,000 satellites. Additionally, Canada’s Telesat is set to add 300 satellites, and German start-up Rivada has its eyes on launching 600. The European Union is working on its Iris project, which involves 170 satellites, while the US military’s Space Development Agency plans to launch between 300 and 500 satellites.

Amazon’s entry into the satellite internet service industry, along with the growing number of government and private-sector initiatives, signals the increasing importance of space connectivity in our interconnected world.

 
Source: AFP

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