Amazon came up with the details of its proposed plan of deploying a constellation of 3,236 broadband satellites. It also told the American telecom regulators that it could start its operations in restricted places once even less than one-fifth of the total strength of the constellation is put up in the space.
The constellation, which is known as Kuiper System of satellites will have an operational life of 7 years, which is even lesser than the lifespan of a typical geostationary communication satellite. All the satellites will be launched in five installments. This has been decided by the US Federal Communication Commission.
The first installment will be made up of 578 satellites. They will provide broadband internet service in an area starting from North of Philadelphia, and stretching as far as Moscow, between 39 degrees north and 56 degrees north, and from Hastings in New Zealand to the South of the Sandwich Islands in Great Britain located in the Atlantic Ocean, between 39 degrees south to 45 degrees south. The next four installments will be providing coverage to the regions around the Equator.
The final date of the launch of the constellation has not yet been fixed, nor has the type of launch vehicle that will take the satellites up in the space been decided upon. However, Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, who also is the owner of Blue Origin, the satellite launch company has told that the first launch will take place in the year 2021 with the help of the New Glenn Orbital launch vehicle, owned by Blue Origin.
The constellation will be facilitating the global transportation system, including aircraft, boats and various types of land-based transportation vehicles, making it one of the major competitors of the other LEOS or Low Earth Orbit Systems like LeoSat and Telesat, which do not put emphasis on the consumer broadband.
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