Amazon on Thursday confirmed it’s working on a project to deploy a network of satellites for high-speed Online service in underserved parts of the world.
Project Kuiper was reported by tech news site GeekWire, which cited US regulatory filings disclosing that the satellite project that may cost billions of dollars to complete.
“Project Kuiper is a fresh initiative to establish a constellation of low earth orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity into unserved and underserved communities around the world,” Amazon said in response to an AFP inquiry.
“This is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of individuals who lack basic access to broadband internet.”
The figures described a strategy to place 3,236 satellites in low orbit at altitudes ranging from 367 miles (590 kilometres) to 391 miles (630-kilometre), based on GeekWire.
The frontier of distance is globally agreed to function as 62 miles (100 kilometres) over Earth, known as the Karman Line.
The Seattle-based online powerhouse was looking to associate with like-minded companies on the effort.
There was not any sign that Project Kuiper thus much involved Blue Origin, the rocket firm owned by Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, which blasted off the 10th test flight of its own New Shepard rocket early this year.
More evaluation flights lie ahead, but the first flights with passengers on board could begin by late night 2019.
Several companies have been trying to utilize space-based internet systems since the 1990s including one endorsed by Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Saudi royal household investors.