Amazon signs SpaceX as launch partner for internet satellite
Amazon.com enters into an agreement with its competitor SpaceX for three launches using Elon Musk's Falcon 9 rocket. The move allows Amazon to secure additional capacity for deploying its internet-from-space satellites into orbit. Amazon.com Inc. has finalized a deal that entails the e-commerce giant, depending in part on its primary competitor, to launch its satellite constellation into orbit. The launches are reportedly scheduled to commence in the middle of 2025.
Bloomberg has reported that Starlink, the satellite constellation from SpaceX, is currently operational with around 5,000 satellites providing internet services from low-Earth orbit.
In a post on X, the social-media company formerly known as Twitter, Musk wrote, “SpaceX launches competitor satellite systems without favor to its own satellites. Fair and square."
In a parallel business approach, Amazon's Project Kuiper has recently deployed its first two test satellites from an intended constellation of 3,236 satellites. The project aims to commence beta testing with corporate clients in the latter part of the upcoming year.
Initially, Amazon aimed to launch its first satellites by the fourth quarter of 2022. However, setbacks, including testing failures and other issues with its launch partners, have caused delays in the scheduled flights.
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