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Amazon Launched First Test Satellites for Project Kuiper Satellite System

Published on October 10, 2023
Current Context: Amazon launched its first two prototype satellites for Project Kuiper Satellite System on October 6, 2023.Project Kuiper is Amazon’s initiative to provide fast, affordable broadband to communities around the world that are currently unserved or underserved by traditional internet and communications options.
Amazon Launched First Test Satellites for Project Kuiper Satellite System
  • The prototype satellites, named Protoflight 1 and Protoflight 2, were launched on a Blue Origin New Glenn rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • They will test the performance and functionality of the Kuiper System, which includes advanced LEO broadband satellites, small customer terminals, and a secure ground-based communications network.
  • Amazon plans to deploy a constellation of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit, operating in 98 orbital planes in three orbital shells.
  • The company has secured 77 heavy-lift launches from Arianespace, Blue Origin, United Launch Alliance, and has options for additional launches with Blue Origin. Amazon expects to provide service to the earliest Project Kuiper customers by the end of 2024.

Question:

Q.1 What is the name of Amazon’s initiative to provide fast, affordable broadband to communities around the world that are currently unserved or underserved by traditional internet and communications options?
a. Project Kuiper
b. Project Starlink
c. Project OneWeb
d. Project O3b
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