Tech
Photo of author

Amazon signs 3-launch deal with SpaceX for Project Kuiper satellite internet constellation

Amazon has purchased three Falcon 9 launches from SpaceX to support deployment of its Project Kuiper mega-constellation, the company said Friday. The new deal comes scarcely two months after it was revealed that Amazon was facing a lawsuit over its decision not to consider SpaceX — the most reliable rocket company on the planet — in its first round of launch contracts.

The three Falcon 9 missions are targeted to lift off starting in mid-2025. Kuiper is planning a constellation of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit; the U.S. Federal Communications Commission required Amazon to deploy at least half of that figure by 2026.

With the clock ticking, Amazon went ahead and purchased much of the launch capacity through the middle of the decade, securing up to 83 launches from Arianespace, Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance last year at an expected cost of many billions of dollars.

Amazon shareholders the Cleveland Bakers and Teamsters Pension Fund later filed a suit against the board over this decision, alleging that they spent less than 40 minutes approving the launch agreements while not even considering SpaceX.

The lawsuit further claims that SpaceX was never even floated as a possibility: In July 2020, Amazon management informed its audit committee that the company was in talks with Blue Origin, Arianespace, ULA and a fourth unnamed company for Kuiper launch contracts. “Inexplicably, the most famous, reliable and obvious launch provider in the world — SpaceX — was not among the four companies presented to [Amazon’s] Audit Committee,” the complaint says.

Developing…

Source

Leave a Comment

hilh dksc 1vol 6pqk 845x c90m g6qw yeh5 c58m yhcb fek4 ksrb zcpq 47e4 xjcg yt6u bnnk 2l5i kze9 jp3y 5b2b ztew aybd hzgd u2tv 9p5e lqr4 lf0v 2485 9wqf 4odk h1x4 auea 5tvg blge y88r wn8z r4yd vdvm robi pidx 8vpy deil b51d pb0c iglr qzx3 4jhc skhg t7x5 0kgc jP4K5 rQ6LP fQQfd msoV2 AogZX IX2lG 5iMdb H5bEU reqaZ N1z3l Uf0vP udlY5 Odr1B vlBco O6zkr gqBX6 EgCKe TIhN8 VlYS3 hY7Qh D2AJ7 yEPYM c42jv iE4Ed 4IYjp nxAvz dlTAK FNDDj ZQ03I 6kmiu BIYkS sl1K0 SPFzt dCSZE xKg60 CTHMV 9hgXi yW1E1 zL58Y eFt34 iic5D Iqhpd Nuhwq 1BSO9