How many satellites does Amazon want to launch into orbit?

Answer: 3,236.

by / July 10, 2019
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Not to be outdone by Elon Musk and SpaceX, Amazon is well on its way to potentially becoming your next Internet service provider. The e-commerce giant recently filed a request with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch more than 3,000 satellites into Earth’s orbit as part of its Project Kuiper.

With Project Kuiper, Amazon intends to deliver broadband Internet access to unserved and underserved populations in the U.S. and around the world. According to the company, 21.3 U.S. residents lack fixed broadband access and 3.8 billion people around the world don’t have a reliable broadband connection. In addition to getting those populations online, Amazon also hopes to use Project Kuiper to provide “high-throughput mobile broadband connectivity services for aircraft, maritime vessels and land vehicles.”

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