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Project Kuiper means a lot to Amazon than its response to SpaceX

On 30 July, the U.S Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proclaimed that the entity was allowed to deploy and supervise its Kuiper Constellation. The allowance came with the caveat of getting an assurance from Kuiper that will tamper with the recently legalized satellite operations. 

It appears to be a temptation when a mega constellation of many satellites is placed into the orbit and trigger a conflict between Elon Musk’s Starlink and Jeff Bezos Kuiper. It is not a big deal because those satellites are in the space, and what amount of space can fit two mega constellations? Some experts assert that the stuck game of Amazon will originate from the capability to incorporate the remaining ecosystem vertically. 

Amazon is unique in playing its games as opposed to SpaceX and OneWeb because they have some ongoing activities. If Kuiper manages to take the trophy, Amazon can offer both broadband accessibility to satellites and Amazon Web Services. Currently, Amazon already provides cloud computing services, data examination, and machine learning, among many more. 

The FCC authorized the liftoff of 3236 satellites; however, only a few satellites were launched without hesitation. Currently, Amazon anticipates launching half of the 2026 satellites and preserving the operating license it got from Federal Communication Commission. 

Amazon plans on investing $10 billion that will help in the making of the constellation. The satellites will then surround the earth, what we call ‘low earth orbit.’ The low earth orbit (LEO) can be any orbital height of fewer than 2000 kilometers. Those satellites will operate their missions in a Ka-band that ranges from 26.5 to 40HZ. 

A standard talk that exists between broadband developing entities is that those constellations will deliver access to broadband. In the real sense, terrestrial fiber or cellular network has become the heartbeat, except for those people residing in the remote areas. Tim Farrar, a satellite communication consultant, said that it would appear deluded when the entities fight against terrestrial providers. Tim added that broadband connectivity is meant for those customers who lack internet connectivity options. 

The last-resort users can be plants, weathering the costly expenses of satellite broadband like aviation, oil, and gas. Lots of money can be made from such plants than just making excess satellites and connect them to one rural subscriber. What such plants have in common is data since it helps in crushing, moving, and storing vast amounts of data.