Amazon.com is seeking approval from US communications regulators to deploy more than 4,500 additional satellites as part of the company’s efforts to distribute broadband Internet to low-speed areas around the world.
Amazon previously announced that it would spend at least $10 billion (approximately Rs.74,200) to build the 3,236 satellites as part of its Project Kuiper program. Late Thursday, he applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for approval to deploy a total of 7,774 satellites for the project.
On Monday, Amazon sought FCC approval to launch and operate two prototype satellites by the end of 2022.
Amazon said in its documentary that “satellite will serve households, hospitals, businesses, government agencies and other organizations around the world, including geographic areas that do not have reliable broadband.”
“Although connectivity has improved worldwide, only 51% of the world’s population and 44% of the population in developing countries are online,” the company said in a statement.
In 2020, the FCC approved Project Kuiper’s plans for a constellation of low-orbit satellites to compete with Elon Musk’s SpaceLink network created by SpaceX.
Amazon has argued with Muscat, recently accusing billionaires of ignoring various government-imposed rules.
Amazon founders Jeff Bezos and Musk are rivals in the private space launch business. Bezos’ Blue Origin is challenging the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s decision to award SpaceX a $2.9 billion lunar contract.
SpaceX has deployed more than 1,700 satellites.
Earlier this week, the FCC approved Boeing’s application to launch and operate 147 satellites to provide high-speed broadband internet access.
Boeing first applied to the FCC in 2017 for permission to use the V-range constellation on most satellites in low-Earth orbit.
This week, Boeing said it “sees a multi-orbit future for satellite technology. As demand for satellite communications grows, a variety of orbital rules and frequencies will be required to meet unique customer requirements.