Starlink Challenger. Project Kuiper’s internet satellites are to be built at a new factory in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland
Amazon said it will expand its manufacturing capabilities for Project Kuiper, by developing a 172,000-square-foot dedicated satellite production facility in Kirkland, Washington.
The Announcing the new satellite factorycomes after it announced in 2020 its initial 219,000-square-foot R&D facility to develop prototype internet satellites.
Earlier this month, Amazon revealed that Project Kuiper will do just that Two prototype satellites launched in early 2023 on a new rocket.
The first two satellites (known as Kuipersat-1 and Kuipersat-2) will be completed later this year, and it plans to deploy both satellites on the first flight of United Launch Alliance (ULA’s) new Vulcan Centaur rocket in early 2023.
The new 172,000-square-foot facility in Kirkland will be dedicated to satellite manufacturing, with Amazon planning to launch 3,236 satellites into low Earth orbit to expand high-speed internet access worldwide.
To this end Amazon In April, I signed a missile deal with three companies To provide heavy lift launch services for the Kuiper project.
Amazon has secured up to 92 launches with ULA, Arianespace and Blue Origin to publish its range – “representing the largest commercial purchase of launch vehicles in history.”
“These facilities have the potential to support the development of prototypes and the start of commercial production of satellites, but to achieve our vision for the project we need to work on a much larger scale,” Amazon said.
“This requires dedicated manufacturing space, and we are excited to announce plans to develop a 172,000-square-foot dedicated satellite production facility in Kirkland, Washington,” she said. “The new facility will create more than 200 highly skilled aerospace jobs in the Puget Sound and provide the scale needed to build up to four satellites per day.”
Dave Limp, head of Amazon devices, said in a statement An interview with the Washington Post That in order to achieve its goal of getting more than 3,000 satellites into orbit, Amazon will need to build one to three satellites “every day, maybe a little more.”
“Putting Project Kuiper satellites into space requires great precision, expertise, and a world-class team committed to our vision,” said Rajeev Paddyal, Vice President of Technology at Project Kuiper.
“This new satellite production facility will significantly expand our manufacturing capacity as we move closer to launch and deployment, and brings us one step closer to achieving our mission of connecting underserved and underserved communities around the world,” Badial said.
Amazon said the satellites for Project Kuiper have been designed and developed in-house to maximize performance while minimizing costs, and the manufacturing facility will give Amazon additional control over the production and testing process.
By centralizing operations here in Puget Sound, she said, she can also ensure close coordination between the design and development teams in Redmond and the manufacturing teams in Kirkland.
“We are excited about Amazon’s selection of Kirkland for Project Kuiper’s satellite production facility,” said Kirkland Mayor Benny Sweet. “Whether you’re looking to get on your feet or pursue a high-profile advanced career, this will provide more economic opportunities for professionals who live here and for those who haven’t yet made contact with Kirkland’s homeland.”
Amazon founder and former CEO Jeff Bezos was Announcing Project Kuiper back in 2019.
Bezos admitted at the time that building the Kuiper project would cost billions of dollars.
“It is also a very good business for Amazon because it is very high capital [capital expenditure] Bezos said four years ago. “It’s billions of dollars in capital expenditures. … Amazon is a big enough company now that we need to do things that, if successful, can actually move the needle.”
Then in July 2020 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given its official approval For Amazon’s Project Kuiper satellites – Amazon has pledged to invest $10 billion in the project.
Project Kuiper aims to provide high-speed, low-latency broadband to a wide range of customers, including individual homes, schools, hospitals, businesses, government agencies, disaster relief operations, mobile operators, and other organizations operating in places without a reliable Internet connection.
Amazon said more than 1,000 people are currently working on the Kuiper project, and the team is making significant progress as it prepares to serve tens of millions of customers around the world.
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