Amazon needs partners if it’s going to transport its Project Kuiper internet satellites to space, and the tech mammoth now has them lined up. The company has reached deals with Arianespace, ULA and its close supporter Blue Origin to offer as numerous as 83 launches for Project Kuiper over the coming five years. The arrangements will let Amazon field the” maturity“of its satellites, and is apparently the largest marketable launch deal to date.
ULA will give the utmost launches, with 48 Atlas and Vulcan Centaur rockets ferrying satellites into orbit. Arianespace’s Ariane 6 will deliver satellites across 18 launches. Blue Origin will give just 12 launches aboard New Glenn, although there will be options for over to 15 fresh flights.
There was no mention of who would give the first launch, or a narrower timeframe for when that mission will do. Amazon expects to emplace its first two prototype satellites by the end of this year.
It’s no surprise that Amazon would land such a large deal,however.However, it needs guarantees that its satellite constellation will launch in a timely fashion — SpaceX has formerly stationed over 2, 300 satellites to date, If Amazon is going to contend with SpaceX’s Starlink. These deals let Amazon concentrate on getting Project Kuiper ready for service, and spare it the personality of asking its main rival SpaceX for help with any launches.