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Definition: Project Kuiper


A satellite-based Internet service from Amazon. The name comes from the Kuiper belt, an icy region outside the orbit of Neptune that was named after planetary scientist Gerard Kuiper. Announced in 2019, Amazon obtained FCC approval for 3,236 low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites that will cover the earth. Service to initial customers is expected by the end of 2024.

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 sufficient delivery services are available in remote regions. Then again, Amazon drones might fulfill that requirement. Stay tuned! See Amazon Web Services and satellite Internet.