First Amazon Kuiper internet satellites to be launched by ULA! Schedule and other major details


The first Amazon Kuiper internet satellites will soon be launched by United Launch Alliance (ULA).

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A photo shows the Amazon logo at the entrance to Amazon’s logistics center in Amiens, northern France, July 23, 2019.

The e-commerce giant decides to switch to ULA since ABL Space Systems’ rock is still incomplete.

Recently, Amazon said its Kuipersat-1 and Kuipersat-2 will be carried by the RS1 rocket.

Before the delays hit, Amazon expected RS1 to send its first internet satellites into space in late 2022.

But, ABL’s spaceship has yet to debut. Because of this, the e-commerce giant had to switch to ULA’s Vulcan rocket.

First Amazon Kuiper internet satellites to be launched by ULA!

According The Washington PostIn its latest report, Amazon announced on Wednesday, October 12 that it would be hitchhiking on ULA’s new Vulcan rocket.

First Amazon Kuiper internet satellites to be launched by ULA!  Schedule and other major details
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In this handout provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket carrying NASA’s first Orion deep space exploration craft is seen at Cape Canaveral Air’s Space Launch Complex 37 Force Station, December 3, 2014.

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The e-commerce giant has already contracted the American spacecraft launch service provider for a total of 47 launches.

“It’s absolutely a business-critical program,” said Rajeev Badyal, vice president of Project Kuiper.

He added that billions of people around the world still lacked reliable broadband connections.

The official further explained that it is important that unserved and underserved areas have proper internet services.

Expected launch date and more

CNBC reported that ULA’s Vulcan rocket is expected to launch Amazon’s first two Kuiper internet satellites as early as the first quarter of 2023.

But that remains uncertain since the United Launch Alliance is waiting for the BE-4 engines, which are built by Blue Origin.

On the other hand, the American space launch services company is also expecting Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander, one of the reserved spacecraft on the flight.

Once ULA successfully sends Amazon’s Kuiper satellites into outer space, e-commerce can begin to complete its artificial satellite constellation, which will include approximately 3,236 internet satellites.

Project Kuiper will compete with SpaceX’s Starlink broadband service. you can click here to see more details about Amazon’s upcoming satellite internet service.

Recently, the CAPSTONE team successfully stopped the spacecraft from spinning.

We also reported that SpaceX Starlink terminals may soon use cell towers to provide internet uplinks in Ukraine.

For more news on Project Kuiper and other new Internet services, always keep your tabs open here on TechTimes.

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