Amazon plans to launch over 3,000 satellites into low Earth orbit over the next few years. “We’ll definitely be doing commercial testing next year,” said Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon devices. Amazon has to launch half of its Kuiper network of 3,236 satellites by 2026 to meet the regulatory mandate. company plans to invest more than $10 billion in this network. Dave said the plan is to build three to five satellites per day to reach this goal.
About 4,000 satellites of Musk’s company’s Starlink network have been launched. Amazon plans to launch a prototype of the satellites this year. It will be sent on a new rocket from the Boeing-Lockheed joint venture United Launch Alliance. Amazon also showed off a slate of three different terminals, or antennae, that will provide internet connectivity to customers with the Kuiper satellites.
“The standard customer terminal, with an 11-inch square antenna, will cost the company less than $400. This will provide customers with speeds of up to 400 megabits per second,” the company said. Each consumer terminal of Musk’s SpaceX costs $599. It claims to have more than 10 lakh customers. Internet connectivity is also being provided to the army of Ukraine through SpaceX. It has helped Ukraine a lot in the war against Russia. SpaceX has also announced to provide internet facility in the airplane. Under this, internet connectivity will be offered in private jets. The company will offer broadband Internet via satellite Internet for $12,500 to $25,000 per month. The hardware cost for broadband setup in private jets will be around $1,50,000. This cost is the antenna that will be installed to catch the network signal.
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