“We’re determined to make affordable broadband a reality for customers and communities around the world,” says Jeff Bezos,“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.”
“We’ve designed our satellites and dispenser system to accommodate multiple launch vehicles—this gives us the flexibility to use many different rockets and providers to launch our satellite system,” says Rajeev Badyal, VP of technology for Project Kuiper.
Atlas V is the current iteration of the Atlas rocket family and was used to launch the Perseverance Rover now on Mars and OSIRIS-REx, which just collected its first samples from the asteroid Bennu.
Amazon committed $10 billion to Project Kuiper and has more than 500 people working on the programme.
‘In addition to this announcement, our team is heavily focused on inventing new technology to make broadband more affordable and more accessible for customers,’ says Amazon.