Project Kuiper is a new initiative to launch a low earth orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved & underserved communities around the world.
Amazon confirmed that it is working on a project to deploy a network of satellites for high-speed internet service in underserved parts of the world.
This is a long-term project that envisions serving 100 Lakhs people who lack basic access to broadband internet. The filings described a plan to put 3,236 satellites in low orbit at altitudes ranging from 590 kilometres to 630 kilometre. The frontier of space is internationally agreed to be 100 kilometres above Earth, known as the Karman Line.
Amazon would be one of several companies seeking to use satellites to deliver internet to remote areas including Elon Musk’s SpaceX and OneWeb, a venture-backed startup with funding from Japan’s SoftBank, Airbus and chipmaker Qualcomm.
Several companies have been attempting to use space based internet systems since the 1990s including one backed by Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Saudi royal family investors.