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Constellation of Amazon satellites

City lights and the aurora from the International Space Station, 412 km above Russia and Kazakhstan. March 19, 2019.

City lights and the aurora from the International Space Station, 412 km above Russia and Kazakhstan. March 19, 2019. NASA.

Amazon wants to launch thousands of satellites into low Earth orbit (590 to 630 km) to provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity across the globe. Its Kuiper project aims to deploy no less than 3,236 satellites to cover all latitudes between 56 degrees north and 56 degrees south, an area where approximately 95% of the world’s population lives. So far, few details are available. Neither the planned schedule for the launch of the service nor the access price are public.

GeekWire, “Amazon to offer broadband access from orbit with 3,236-satellite ‘Project Kuiper’ constellation.”

 

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by Laurent Gloaguen.
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