The FCC unanimously approved the Kuiper Amazon project, giving the tech giant the ability to deploy and control the constellation of 3,236 satellites. Amazon has asked the FCC to allow the launch of thousands of low-orbit satellites in July 2019, just months after the project was announced. As in the constellation Starlink SpaceX, Kuiper’s goal is to provide satellite broadband services. Amazon hopes to help expand Internet access for households 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 deployed in five stages. According to the FCC, by 2026, half of Kuiper’s satellites must be located in the Amazon, and the entire constellation must be in place by July 30, 2029.