The goal of launching more than 3,000 satellites into space is to provide broadband internet services to "millions of unserved and underserved consumers and businesses in the USA and around the globe".
They'd use Ka-band frequencies like those Iridium is utilizing for interlinks (not client associations) with its most recent satellites, and Amazon is requesting freedom to utilize hostile to impedance innovation to evade cerebral pains.
The report states, "Amazon didn't mention a timeline for putting the satellites into orbit".
Finally the company confirms that the satellites will be de-orbited 10 years after launching, to ensure that it will not be accused of further contributing to the debris floating around Earth.
Low earth orbit classification covers satellites which orbit at altitudes from 112 to 1,200 miles and they need to be powered to stay aloft. In the USA it is estimated that 21 million Americans lack fixed residential broadband and 33 million don't have fast mobile internet access.
Seeking Alpha reported that Amazon expects "to offer service to tens of millions of underserved customers around the world" via the network, which the company is developing under the code-name Project Kuiper. An array of such satellites, in numbers such as those proposed by Amazon will be able to offer continuous, widespread coverage - as when one satellite speeds off out of range there should be one or more to take its place with a stronger signal, and so on. In late June, the company announced that 57 of the first 60 satellites were working as intended and were in communication with the company's ground stations. Earlier this year, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that Starlink could earn $30 billion or more in revenues annually.
Others are attempting to serve the same need in the same way, including SpaceX, which is looking to launch a network of almost 12,000 broadband satellites for its "Starlink" network.
- Nicki Minaj cancels Saudi Arabia concert following backlash
- Viviani takes first Tour de France victory as Alaphilippe retains overall lead
- Train accident: PM Imran offers condolence to families of victims
- Telstra outage brings down Eftpos and ATMs across Australia
- Prime Day kicks off with Whole Foods deal, Taylor Swift concert
- Antarctic Glaciers Are Unstable, Can Slide Off Into Sea
- Royal security breach: Intruder breaks into Buckingham Palace while the Queen sleeps
- Apple Starts Exporting iPhones Made in India to European Markets
- Japanese probe makes successful touchdown on asteroid
- Bentley celebrates 100th birthday with this massive EXP 100 GT Concept