Jeff Bezos' Amazon plans to launch two Project Kuiper prototype satellites in late 2022. The KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2 satellites will be launched into orbit on the experimental RS1 rocket, which is now being developed by ABL Space Systems, a Californian startup.

On November 1, Amazon requested the US Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) permission to launch the prototypes into space. At the end of October, Amazon successfully tested satellite engines.

Back in 2020, the FCC approved Project Kuiper's plan to create a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit that will compete with SpaceX's Starlink, Reuters reports.

As part of Project Kuiper, Amazon plans to launch a total of 3,236 internet satellites and spend at least $10 billion on their development and manufacturing by 2030. The company is expected to launch half of its satellites by 2026.

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During the constellation’s deployment, the company aims to provide broadband Internet access to private, government, and business customers in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The company says the launch of prototype satellites is an important step towards providing broadband services to millions of consumers.

Once the test flight is complete, the satellites will be sent into the Earth's atmosphere, as a result of which they will burn up and not litter low Earth orbit.

In July 2021, Amazon acquired a satellite internet development team from Meta (former Facebook), which joined Amazon's already existing team of 500 people.