Project Kuiper Set to Move into New State of the Art Facility in Washington

Project Kuiper Set to Move into New State of the Art Facility in Washington

Amazon's Project Kuiper is a mega constellation that consists of 3,236 satellites that the company plans to deploy in Low Earth Orbit for low bandwidth, high-speed broadband. With this plan, Amazon joins the likes of SpaceX, OneWeb, and Telesat in planning large constellations of internet-beaming satellites

Fremont, CA: Amazon's project Kuiper team will move to a permanent research and development headquarters with state of the art facilities in 2020, for designing and testing the planned mega constellation of broadband satellites. The company is currently completing the renovation of two leased buildings in Redmond, Washington, which will house the Project Kuiper team in a 219,000 square feet R&D labs, prototype manufacturing facilities, and office and design space.

“As Amazon’s Project Kuiper team continues to make great strides, the team has once again outgrown its current facility,” Amazon said in a statement. “With that in mind, we are leasing and renovating a long term home for the Kuiper team, which will become Kuiper’s primary headquarters for research & development, as well as its primary prototype manufacturing and qualification facility.”

Amazon's Project Kuiper is a mega constellation that consists of 3,236 satellites that the company plans to deploy in Low Earth Orbit for low bandwidth, high-speed broadband. With this plan, Amazon joins the likes of SpaceX, OneWeb, and Telesat in planning large constellations of internet-beaming satellites. Amazon is yet to announce as to when it plans to launch the first Kuiper satellite but will need to launch at least one before 2026, in order to comply with the seven-year countdown that started in March, with the International Telecommunication Union for Ka-band spectrum essential for the constellation.

Earlier in July, Amazon had informed the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in July that it intends to launch the satellites in a total of five waves, with each satellite designed to operate for seven years. Blue Origin's New Glenn orbital rocket is expected to make its first launch. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also owns Blue Origin. The company's cloud platform, Amazon Web Services, also has a ground station that communicates with satellites as they circle around the planet. According to the company, Kuiper has made significant progress in achieving its goal to serve tens of millions of people who lack primary access to broadband internet.

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