Amazon has taken it one step closer to space. The company received authorization from the U.S. government to put more than 3,200 satellites into orbit in order to service the internet to parts of the world that do not. At the same time, it will be a new business with the sale of the service to people or companies, Said Amazon.
«Lately we’ve heard a lot of stories from people who can’t do their job or complete their studies because they don’t have reliable internet at home,» manager Dave Limp said in a statement.
Amazon said it will invest $10 billion in the initiative, called Project Kuiper. He will set up a research center in Redmond, Washington state, where he will design and test the satellites.
The sum would be three times what the company earned in its most recent quarter.
Other companies have put satellites into orbit, such as SpaceX, the aerospace company of Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO. The SpaceX project received government approval in 2018.
Space is one of the main interests of Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon and the richest man in the world. He has a space exploration company and has said that in the distant future heavy industries could be installed in space to keep emissions out of Earth’s atmosphere.
Amazon did not say when it hopes to launch the Kuiper Project, but the Federal Communications Commission, which approved the initiative on Thursday, said half of the satellites will be in orbit by July 2026.