Amazon seeks U.S. approval to deploy 4,500 additional satellites for internet project

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WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Amazon.com (AMZN.O) is seeking support from U.S. communications regulators to deploy much than 4,500 further satellites arsenic portion of the company's effort to present broadband net to areas astir the satellite that deficiency high-speed service.

Amazon had said antecedently it planned to walk astatine slightest $10 cardinal to physique 3,236 specified satellites done its Project Kuiper program. Late connected Thursday it asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for support to deploy a full of 7,774 satellites for the project.

On Monday, Amazon asked the FCC for support to motorboat and run 2 prototype satellites by the extremity of 2022.

Amazon said successful its filing the satellites "will service households, hospitals, businesses, authorities agencies, and different organizations astir the world, including successful geographic areas wherever reliable broadband remains lacking."

"Although connectivity has improved connected a planetary basis, lone 51% of the planetary population, and 44% of the colonisation of processing countries, are online," the institution filing said.

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.

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

SpaceX has deployed much than 1,700 satellites.

Earlier this week, the FCC approved Boeing Co's (BA.N) exertion to motorboat and run 147 satellites to supply high-speed broadband net access.

Boeing archetypal filed with the FCC successful 2017 seeking support to deploy a V-band Constellation of mostly low-Earth orbit satellites.

Boeing said this week it "sees a multi-orbit aboriginal for outer technologies. As the request for outer communications grows, diverseness volition beryllium required crossed orbital regimes and frequencies to fulfill unsocial lawsuit demands."

Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Frances Kerry

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