On Thursday, United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced that Amazon had secured Atlas V for nine launches from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL to support its Project Kuiper initiative. According to ULA, Amazon’s Project Kuiper will increase global broadband access through a constellation of 3,236 advanced satellites in low earth orbit.
“Project Kuiper will help bridge the digital divide across the United States and around the world, and we could not be more pleased to be working with Amazon to support the initiative,” said Tory Bruno, ULA’s president and CEO.
Amazon has committed more than $10 billion to deliver on Project Kuiper, aiming to make high-speed, low-latency broadband more affordable and accessible for unserved and underserved communities worldwide. According to ULA, the project will serve individual households, schools, hospitals, businesses, government agencies, and other organizations operating in locations without reliable broadband access.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said of the project, “We’re determined to make affordable broadband a reality for customers and communities around the world. ULA is a fantastic partner that’s successfully launched dozens of missions for commercial and government customers, and we’re grateful for their support of Kuiper.”