Amazon’s plan for a fleet of 3,236 satellites wins backing of US authority

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Amazon.com’s plan for a fleet of 3,236 communications satellites gained the backing of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman, who mentioned he had requested fellow commissioners to approve the enterprise.

“Satellite constellations like this goal to supply high-speed broadband service to customers within the U.S. and world wide,” Ajit Pai mentioned in a tweet on Friday. Pai added that he had known as for circumstances on the proposed service by Amazon subsidiary Kuiper Systems with out specifying them.

Pai’s request is prone to lead to approval in closed-door voting on the company, the place he leads a Republican majority.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos needs to launch the small satellites in low orbits to supply web protection. Separately, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, has launched greater than 480 of a deliberate 12,000 satellites; in October 2019, the corporate based by Elon Musk sought permission for 30,000 extra.

The FCC coordinates coordinates trajectories and radio-frequency use.

Amazon final 12 months known as Kuiper “a long-term challenge that envisions serving tens of tens of millions of individuals who lack primary entry to broadband web.”

Amazon didn’t instantly reply to an e mail despatched to an inbox for press queries.

This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Only the headline has been modified.

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