The online trading company Amazon has received approval from the US telecommunications authority FCC to launch more than 3,200 satellites into orbit. According to Amazon, the aim is to improve the supply of Internet even to remote areas. However, the project could also offer new business opportunities by selling Internet services to individuals or companies.
Amazon manager Dave Limp referred to stories about people who cannot do their work or do their homework because they do not have reliable Internet access at home.[“Other companies have already put satellites into orbit. Among them is Elon Musk’s space company Space X, which received government approval in 2018.”]
Amazon estimates that the Kuiper project will cost ten billion dollars (8.5 billion euros) – about twice as much as reported as profit in the latest quarterly report. Amazon left it unclear when the project would be completed. The FCC stipulates that half of the satellites must be in orbit by July 2026. Amazon wants to set up a research facility in Washington State to design and test the satellites.
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