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Amazon will launch its first two satellites in late 2022

 Amazon's ambitious satellite internet initiative Project Kuiper aims to launch its first two prototype satellites in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to a test launch license the company has filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

The two prototypes are called KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2, and the two prototypes are supposed to be launched via a new experimental rocket called RS1, which is currently being developed by ABL Space Systems.

Amazon will launch its first two satellites in late 2022

The Project Kuiper initiative aims to launch a giant constellation of 3,236 satellites into low Earth orbit over the next decade. This is in order to provide broadband Internet coverage with low latency to the ground.

The plan aims to serve rural communities and other areas where it is difficult to provide infrastructure for traditional Internet services.

This concept is similar to that of the Starlink initiative from SpaceX. It is a constellation of broadband Internet satellites that propose to send approximately 12,000 into low Earth orbit.

But unlike Project Kuiper, Starlink has launched more than 1,700 of its satellites and created a beta program for hundreds of users. While Amazon has not yet launched any satellites from the Project Kuiper initiative.

And it looks like the Amazon subsidiary is almost ready to go. The company last week offered to test the thrusters used by satellites to maneuver through space.

The company claims that these prototypes allow it to test the same communication and networking technology that is included in the final satellites.

Amazon has an initiative called Project Kuiper

Both models operate at an altitude of 590 kilometers above the Earth. The KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2 feature the same technology needed for the final constellation, including antennas, modems, power and propulsion.

While in space, the satellites are used to test their ability to communicate with four user stations and a ground station in Texas designed to transmit and receive broadband signals.

The company said it did some testing on the ground with its user terminals. It claimed to get maximum transfer speeds of 400Mbps.

The company is also trying to reassure the space community that it is trying to mitigate any harmful effects of its satellites. One big criticism of such satellites is that they lead to a much more crowded environment in low Earth orbit. It also increases the possibility of collisions in space and makes it more difficult to launch satellites in the future.

The announcement comes a week after announcing a partnership with Verizon to expand the carrier's 4G/LTE and 5G coverage to more underserved regions. Such a deal depends on Amazon launching its satellites first.

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