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Definition: Project Kuiper


A satellite-based Internet service from Amazon. Announced in 2019, Kuiper is expected to launch more than 3,000 low-earth satellites that will cover the earth for Internet access. However, a time line for completion was not given. The project name comes from the Kuiper belt, an icy region outside the orbit of Neptune, named after planetary scientist Gerard Kuiper.

Kuiper and Amazon Synergy
It is expected that once Project Kuiper is running, Amazon will create transmission routes from its AWS cloud computing datacenters directly to Kuiper customers through its satellites. The technology would allow AWS, already the largest cloud computing service, to reach the entire globe.

In addition, Amazon's Prime Video streaming service would become available to everyone on earth. Amazon shopping is also a possibility for integration, providing there are sufficient delivery services available in remote regions. Then again, Amazon drones might fulfill that requirement. Stay tuned! See Amazon Web Services and satellite Internet.