Amazon Secures 83 Rocket Launches For Project Kuiper

Amazon.com Inc has secured 83 rocket launches over five years to put together Project Kuiper, a satellite constellation, to beam broadband internet.

The 83 rocket launches would aid the e-commerce giant’s bid to take on Elon Musk-owned SpaceX’s Starlink.

Amazon said the rocket launches deals were sealed with Europe’s Arianespace, Blue Origin, and United Launch Alliance(ULA).

ULA is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing Co.

Project Kuiper aims to use over 3,000 satellites in low earth orbit to beam high-speed, low-latency internet to customers, including households, businesses and government agencies.

The contract includes 18 launches with Arianespace’s Ariane 6 rockets, 12 launches with Blue Origin’s New Glenn and 38 launches with ULA’s Vulcan Centaur rockets.

Amazon.com also said it was designing and developing its low-earth orbit satellites and customer terminals in-house.

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