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Amazon’s Project Kuiper Satellites Pass Initial Tests and Gear Up for Next Phase of Testing

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Amazon announced on Monday that the initial test phase of its Project Kuiper internet satellites has been successful, revealing promising results as the project moves forward.

The first two satellites, launched into space onboard an Atlas V rocket on October 6, are operating as intended, harnessing energy from the sun and establishing clear communication channels across the globe, according to a company blog post.

Rajeev Badyal, Vice President of Technology for Project Kuiper, emphasized the stability of the satellites in orbit and the valuable lessons learned from this milestone achievement, which will inform further improvements to production systems.

The next phase will involve comprehensive testing of the data network, routing internet data through Amazon’s ground network powered by Amazon Web Services, and finally reaching customer terminal antennas.

Amazon remains committed to its timeline, targeting satellite production to begin before the end of this year, followed by the launch of production satellites in the first half of next year. Beta testing with commercial customers is scheduled for the second half of next year, as confirmed by the company’s CEO, Andy Jassy.

In 2020, Amazon received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build and deploy a $10 billion satellite network to provide high-speed internet service to underserved areas with low population density.

Notably, Amazon’s Project Kuiper initiative intensifies the competition between Jeff Bezos, former CEO of Amazon, and Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, as SpaceX’s Starlink already offers its own internet satellite service.

Shares of Amazon recorded a 1.5% increase in late morning trading on Monday.

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