The FCC has unanimously approved Amazon’s Kuiper project, giving it the technology giant in favor of deploying and operating a constellation of 3,236 satellites. Amazon asked permission from the FCC to launch thousands of low-Earth orbiting satellites in July 2019, just a few months after announcing the project. Similar to SpaceX’s Starlink constellation, Kuiper’s goal is to provide satellite-based broadband services. Amazon hopes to help expand Internet access to homes and businesses in remote areas of the United States and around the world.
The company plans to invest more than $ 10 billion in the project, which will be rolled out in five phases. According to the FCC, Amazon is due to deploy half of Kuiper’s satellites by 2026, and the entire constellation must be by July 30, 2029.