News Desk: Jeff Bezos-headed Amazon has announced the launch of first two satellites under Project Kuiper, its low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, which will provide fast and affordable internet to ‘unserved and undeserved’ communities across the globe. The two satellites, both prototypes, will be launched in fourth quarter next year, the company announced, reports Hindustan Times.
“The first two satellites for Project Kuiper will be launched next fall. This is a big step towards our mission of providing fast, affordable internet to unserved and undeserved communities across the world,” the Seattle-headquartered firm tweeted on Monday.
In a statement, Amazon said that the two satellites will be called ‘KuiperSat-1’ and ‘KuiperSat-2,’ adding that these will be used to test the communications and network technology that will be used in the final satellite design.
Project Kuiper was developed under Kuiper Systems LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon which was set up in 2019. Currently, more than 750 people are working on it, and hundreds more will be added to the team in the coming years, Amazon said.