Amazon’s Project Kuiper Launches Prototype Satellites, Edging Closer to Global Broadband Accessibility
First Production Satellites to be Launched in H1 2024, Beta Testing for Early Commercial Customers in Late 2024
Amazon is rapidly advancing its Project Kuiper, a low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite broadband initiative, by preparing to launch a pair of prototype satellites. This development is a significant step toward making “affordable broadband” accessible to a broader global audience.
The company has also confirmed that its first production satellites are scheduled for launch in the first half of 2024, with select early commercial customers having the opportunity to participate in the beta testing program by the end of next year.
Under Project Kuiper, Amazon plans to deploy over 3,200 satellites in low Earth orbit to provide Internet connectivity to ground-based terminals within the next six years.