Amazon.com said that it will invest more than $10 billion to build a network of 3,236 satellites that will provide high-speed broadband internet services to people around the world who lack such access.
Amazon announced Project Kuiper last spring to build a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation capable of providing reliable, affordable broadband service to unserved and underserved communities around the world.
When Amazon disclosed the project past year, Mr. Musk turned to Twitter to call Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos a copycat.
In all, Amazon will invest USA $ 10 billion in the project and will consist of five phases. In addition, the company must commit to taking the equipment out of orbit after the end the project, so as not to contribute to the high amount of space waste in the region.More news: Half-year loss for Heathrow as passenger numbers plummet
Amazon said it will make this offering a subscription-based service, a product available to consumers specifically in remote locations where wires can not go and other types of signals are blocked.
According to Amazon's FCC filing, the company will send the satellites to three different altitudes in the low-Earth orbit to establish the broadband system, but to begin services, it just needs 578 probes in place.
David Limp, Amazon's Senior Vice President, welcomed the positive sequence in the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at a blog article, writing: "We've heard so many stories recently about people that are not able to perform their job or finish schoolwork since they do not have reliable internet in your home".
SpaceX's program is expected to begin offering internet service in the northern United States and Canada later this year, with the company planning on eventually launching thousands of satellites to deliver broadband.More news: South Africa: Cases of COVID-19 top 500,000
Amazon is moving forward with its Project Kuiper, one of several systems planned to bring internet to customers without land-based connections.
The company is opening a research facility in Redmond, Washington, where the satellites will be designed and tested.
The FCC has greenlit Amazon's plans to deploy a constellation of 3,236 broadband satellites into the night sky.
Amazon should see the same access and capture of the telecommunications market, which has led to tense regulatory battles with SpaceX and other companies - even leading to Musk calling Bezos a copycat.More news: Battletoads will arrive on Xbox One and PC on August 20th
Amazon has been asked by FCC to present a final plan explaining how it will operate the network without adding orbital debris, which is already way too much.