AMAZON’S FIRST INTERNET SATELLITE LAUNCH
Amazon’s first satellite launch was a big success! They sent two Project Kuiper satellites into space on a rocket called Atlas V. This mission, called Protoflight, took off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Amazon has been working on Project Kuiper, which is similar to SpaceX’s Starlink, for a while. They initially planned to launch the first models by the end of last year.
Protoflight is essential for Amazon. It lets them learn about how their satellites work in the real world, not just in a lab. They want to understand how their network performs on Earth and in space. This mission also helps them test how to process satellites, launch them, and operate the whole mission.
When it’s all done, Amazon will carefully bring the satellites back to Earth.Rajeev Badyal, who is in charge of technology for Project Kuiper, says that even though they’ve done a lot of testing in their labs, nothing beats testing things in space.
The goal of Project Kuiper is to provide fast and affordable internet to places that don’t have it. Amazon got permission from the FCC to put up more than 3,200 satellites in the next six years.
The first two, KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2, are just the beginning. They plan to launch the real ones in 2024 and start testing them with some customers by the end of the next year. This is a big step toward making the world more connected!