Amazon seeks FCC approval to launch two Project Kuiper satellites by 2022

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WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Amazon.com (AMZN.O) connected Monday asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for support to motorboat and run 2 prototype net satellites by the extremity of 2022 arsenic portion of the company's effort to make a space-based outer network.

Amazon, which has pledged to walk astatine slightest $10 cardinal to physique 3,236 specified satellites done its Project Kuiper program, said the investigating and objection motorboat is "an important measurement toward Amazon’s extremity of delivering high-capacity, debased latency broadband communications services to tens of millions of unserved and underserved consumers and businesses."

Amazon said connected Monday it "continues to put successful Project Kuiper arsenic we attack afloat accumulation launches and hole to service tens of millions of customers astir the world."

In 2020, the FCC approved the Project Kuiper program for the constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites to vie with the Starlink web being built retired by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

Amazon has sparred with Musk, precocious accusing the billionaire of ignoring a assortment of government-imposed rules, including respective Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements.

"The behaviour of SpaceX and different Musk-led companies makes their presumption plain: rules are for different people, and those who importune upon oregon adjacent simply petition compliance are deserving of derision and advertisement hominem attacks," Amazon wrote. "If the FCC regulated hypocrisy, SpaceX would beryllium keeping the committee precise busy."

Amazon laminitis Jeff Bezos and Musk are rivals successful the backstage abstraction motorboat business. Bezos' Blue Origin has challenged the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's determination to grant a $2.9 cardinal lunar lander declaration to SpaceX.

SpaceX has accused Amazon successful its ain filing with the FCC of seeking to hold SpaceX's plan: "While SpaceX has proceeded to deploy much than 1,700 satellites, Amazon has yet to adjacent effort to code the radiofrequency interference and orbital debris issues that indispensable beryllium resolved earlier Amazon tin deploy its constellation."

Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Chris Reese and Paul Simao

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