Amazon is moving quite quickly on its own plan to deploy tens of thousands of internet satellites. The company has registered for FCC permission to establish 3,236 satellites as part of Project Kuiper. The spacecraft would be grouped into 98 orbital planes, and fly at altitudes between 366 and 391 miles per hour.
Amazon in a July 4 filing informed that the Federal Communications Commission its own Kuiper satellites will deliver broadband to millions of customers and businesses that currently lack sufficient access to the internet. The bureau coordinates trajectories and radio-frequency usage.
They would utilize Ka-band frequencies such as those Iridium is using in its newest satellites, and Amazon is requesting clearance to generate use of anti-interference technologies to prevent headaches. And sure, Amazon is aware of the possible problems with debris. The satellites would orbit themselves within ten years, whether or not they have been in contact with Earth.
As Amazon said in an application, The Kuiper System will help mobile network operators to extend wireless services. It also advised the possibility of “high-throughput mobile broadband connectivity services for aircraft, maritime vessels, and land vehicles.”
Amazon did not mention a timeline for placing the satellites to orbit. However, the FCC filing shows that it has been thinking about this plan for some time. SpaceX is already launching its broadband satellites and programs about three times as many.