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Amazon signs up SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launches for Kuiper satellites

A Falcon 9 rocket lifts off on NASA's SpaceX Crew-7 mission, taking four crew members to the International Space Station (ISS), from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., August 26, 2023. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo
A Falcon 9 rocket lifts off on NASA's SpaceX Crew-7 mission, taking four crew members to the International Space Station (ISS), from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., August 26, 2023. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

Amazon signs up for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launches for Kuiper satellites. On Friday, the e-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN.O.) said that it has agreed with SpaceX to launch three of Elon Musk’s Falcon 9 rockets to assist in deployment plans for its Project Kuiper.

Kuiper is Amazon’s low-Earth orbit satellite broadband network, which was built to accept a number of different launch providers and vehicles. The company announced the project in 2019, which was also the year SpaceX began deploying its first operational Starlink spaceship.

Kuiper is something that Amazon plans to construct as a constellation consisting of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit. The first pair of prototype satellites for the project, which is the satellite internet unit, was successfully launched on October 6, according to the project’s specifications.

In addition, SpaceX’s Starlink intends to provide broadband internet access all around the world by utilizing its network of 5,000 satellites.

For example, “the most obvious point is the recognition that SpaceX is by far the leader in terms of transporting hardware into space,” said Brian Mulberry, client portfolio manager at Zacks Investment Management, which holds a stake in Amazon. “SpaceX is by far the leader in terms of transporting hardware into space.”

“There’s obviously Blue Origin and some other competitors; they just have not been able to achieve the type of regular success that SpaceX has.”

According to Amazon, the Falcon 9 launches are scheduled to commence in the middle of the year 2025. The company also stated that it intended to begin producing satellites in the first half of 2024.

“We expect to have enough satellites deployed to begin early customer pilots in the second half of 2024,” according to the organization.

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