3 000 more satellites in orbit
Like Starlink and OneWeb, Kuiper is an Amazon project aiming to provide affordable broadband access to communities. unserved or underserved across the world ”. The company has given details of its system and is planning a late first launch 2022, aboard an RS1 rocket.
Amazon is preparing to get down to business: “ we have applied for an experimental license with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for launch, deploy and operate two satellite prototypes for the Kuiper project ”she announces. But the names were not spelled out: KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2.
It is therefore a question of testing the technologies that will be used subsequently on the final models: “ We have invented many new technologies to meet our cost and performance targets for the Kuiper project “, says Rajeev Badyal, vice president of technology in charge of this project.
Once the laboratory tests have been carried out, it is necessary to proceed to the conditions real in space.
With Kuiper, smaller and more affordable antennas