Lately we often talk about satellite internet services. Of course, the most famous case is SpaceX Starlinkbut apparently Elon Musk he’s not the only tycoon interested in the industry. Recently Apple has introduced its own Emergency SOS service e T-Mobile has announced that it will launch its own satellite network by 2023. There is also this tech mobilization Amazonwhich could now storm the world of satellite internet providers.
While Elon Musk promises global internet coverage thanks to its satellites, Amazon is preparing to take its first steps in the industry (and in space). The Verge reports that Jeff Bezos’ company plans are of provide broadband services globally at more affordable prices.
Amazon ready to launch its satellites to offer internet services?
According to the Amazon press release (source: The Verge), the company will begin operations to put its satellites into orbit at the beginning of 2023. In fact, work on the first two satellites would be completed: Kuipersat-1 e Kuipersat-2. Both will be “launched” into orbit with the new rocket Vulcan Centaur della United Launch Alliance (ULA).
Amazon currently has 47 launches planned with ULA and another 45 planned with aerospace companies Arianespace e Blue Origin. With a total of 92 pitchesAmazon plans to populate the sky with 3,236 satellites, which will provide broadband in a totally wireless way. A recent venture, which the ecommerce giant plans to carry out in partnership with numerous companies, such as Northrup Grumman, Beyond Gravity and others.
We are therefore still a long way away – at least 92 launches – from seeing a satellite internet service from Amazon. However, Starlink has shown us several times that the satellite system represents the future of global connectivity.
SpaceX is currently active on all continents of the Earth, including Antarctica, with more than 3,000 satellites in orbit. The company’s stated goal is to arrive 42,000 satellites by mid-2027to provide high-speed and uninterrupted Internet even in rural areas, where it is difficult to bring broadband through wired systems.