The firm is also trying to get said satellites into orbit as soon as possible, with a recent FCC filing noting that it plans to launch 3 236 satellites once it gets the okay from the U.S. regulatory body. The filing reiterated Amazon's plans to associate "tens of millions" of individuals around the globe, in spite of the fact that the company cautioned that it couldn't cover everything - it requested a waiver on a prerequisite to serve the entire USA as its satellites wouldn't cover parts of Alaska. Satellites will orbit 366 to 391 miles above Earth. The filing seeks permission from the USA communications regulator to launch a total of 3,236 communications satellites to provide the backbone of its network.
Amazon didn't specify a timeline of events for putting the satellites into space. To avoid potential issues with space debris, the satellites would de-orbit in about 10 years.More news: Bruins sign Heinen to two-year deal
FCC approval is needed for Amazon's plans because it is the government body that coordinates trajectories and radio-frequency use, explains Bloomberg. Even in the USA, 21.3 million people lack access to a fixed broadband service.
Seeking Alpha reported that Amazon expects "to offer service to tens of millions of underserved customers around the world" via the network, which the company is developing under the code-name Project Kuiper.More news: US Women's National Soccer Team Celebrates Second Consecutive World Cup Victory
According to Kuiper Systems, the satellite system would take advantage of the ground-based infrastructure that has already been created for Amazon Web Services.
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The first batch of SpaceX's Starlink satellites were launched in May. "That's why the FCC under my leadership has moved quickly to give a green light to satellite entrepreneurs like OneWeb, SpaceX, and O3b and is considering other applications from entrants like Amazon and Boeing". Earlier this year, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that Starlink could earn $30 billion or more in revenues annually.