Amazon has announced that it is passing a milestone in developing the hardware needed for a planned satellite Internet called Project Kuiper.
The company revealed the design of the antennas that its customers are supposed to use to take advantage of the satellite Internet.
The company said: It has completed the initial development of the antenna, which will be placed in the low-cost customer terminal, which connects users to the Amazon network.
Project Kuiper is Amazon’s plan to launch the company’s upcoming massive constellation of 3,236 internet satellites into low Earth orbit, a system that would rival SpaceX’s Starlink network.
Amazon said it has been field testing the antenna in multiple environments, including broadcasting 4K videos from the geostationary orbit satellite, also referred to as the geosynchronous equatorial orbit.
The satellites are in geostationary orbit at an altitude of 35,786 km above the equator, and Amazon indicated that they are about 50 times farther than the planned Project Kuiper satellites orbit at a distance of 600 km.
“Our prototype delivers speeds of up to 400 Mbps, and performance continues to improve in future trials, without revealing the complete customer terminal design,” the company wrote in a blog post.
In July, Amazon received approval from the FCC to launch 3,236 satellites for the Satellite Internet project, and the company pledged to invest $ 10 billion in the project.
The Amazon network begins providing service after the launch of 578 satellites into orbit, noting that the project has not yet finished designing the satellites.
Amazon aims to provide coverage to remote areas that do not have access to the traditional high-speed internet.
SpaceX has so far launched about 900 satellites – a fraction of the total required for global coverage, but enough to start providing service in some areas, including the northwestern United States.
In October, SpaceX began public beta testing of the Starlink project with a $ 99 monthly subscription.