Amazon procures 9 ULA satellite launch vehicles for broadband internet program

CIOReviewIndia Team | Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 06:44 IST

Amazon procures 9 ULA satellite launch vehicles for broadband internet programRecently, Tech giant Amazon.com Inc stated it had held nine satellite launch vehicles from United Launch Alliance (ULA) to support the initial deployment of its broadband internet initiative, Project Kuiper.

Atlas V launch vehicles from ULA, a joint rocket venture between Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp is the first of several vehicles which will be used to deploy Amazon's satellite assemblage to orbit.

Amazon's Project Kuiper, a planned network of over 3,000 satellites that will provide high-speed internet from space, faces stiff competition from the Starlink network by Elon Musk's SpaceX.

E-Commerce giant states, "Atlas V is a highly reliable launch vehicle, and provides the right level of performance, capacity, and dependability we need to begin our large-scale deployment."

Last year, Amazon stated “Company will invest more than $10 billion to build a network of 3,236 satellites that will provide high-speed broadband internet services to people around the world who lack such access. There are now more than 500 people working on the Project Kuiper program at Amazon.”

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