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« on: October 06, 2019, 08:13:42 PM »

Amazonís Project Kuiper and OneWeb raise the curtain higher on their satellite plans

FROM: GEEKWIRE.COM
by Alan Boyle October 1, 2019 at 10:11 pm


Filings with the Federal Communications Commission are providing fresh details about the plans being laid by Amazon and OneWeb to set up networks of satellites for global broadband internet access.

OneWeb, for example, is seeking FCC approval for up to 1.5 million ground terminals that customers would use to receive and transmit satellite data.

Amazon, meanwhile, is answering questions from the FCC about how the satellites in its Project Kuiper constellation would be maneuvered and deorbited. The answers make clear that Project Kuiperís satellite design is still very much in flux.

Thatís in contrast to SpaceX, which has already launched 60 of its Starlink satellites and is expected to send another batch into orbit as early as this month.

SpaceX, Amazon and OneWeb are considered the leading competitors in the nascent market to offer high-speed internet access from low Earth orbit, or LEO, to the billions of people who are currently underserved. Other players in the LEO broadband market include Telesat and LeoSat.

In a recent FCC filing, SpaceX suggested that it could begin providing limited service to parts of the United States by the end of next year.

OneWeb launched the first six satellites of its constellation in February and is expected to launch about 30 more in December. The London-based consortium says itís planning to offer satellite internet access starting in late 2020 ó with the worldís Arctic regions as its initial focus.

OneWebís request for authority to operate 1.5 million user terminals in the United States was filed on Sunday. The terminals, which would be equipped with 18-inch-wide antennas, would work with OneWebís gateway facilities to process the signals beamed down from its constellation.

It typically takes months for the FCC to gather comment and make its decision about such a request. SpaceX filed a similar application for 1 million user terminals back in February, and that application is still pending.

Amazon isnít as far along in its plans. It hasnít said exactly when it intends to start building, launching or operating Project Kuiperís satellites, and it hasnít yet settled on a launch provider. But the Seattle-based company is nevertheless making a big commitment to Project Kuiper, which CEO Jeff Bezos called ďa very good business for AmazonĒ during a Las Vegas conference in June. Amazon is listing about 100 job openings for the satellite project, virtually all based in Bellevue, Wash.

One recent FCC filing relating to Project Kuiper is a Sept. 18 letter from C. Andrew Keisner, lead counsel to Amazonís Kuiper Systems subsidiary. The letter addresses a series of questions from the FCC asking about the projectís status.

Keisner told the FCC that the systemís ďconstellation design and implementation plan are ...............

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