The FCC unanimously approved Amazon’s Project Kuiper, which gives the technical giant space to deploy and operate a constellation of 3,236 satellites. In July 2019, Amazon asked the FCC for permission to launch thousands of low-orbit satellites just months after the project was announced. As in SpaceX’s constellation Starlink, Kuiper’s goal is to provide satellite broadband services. Amazon hopes to help expand Internet access for homes and businesses in remote areas across the United States and around the world.
The company plans to invest more than $ 10 billion in the project, which will be deployed in five phases. According to the FCC, Amazon must deploy half of Kuiper’s satellites by 2026, and the entire constellation must be in place by July 30, 2029.