Project Kuiper to launch with Arianespace, Blue Origin, and ULA
Amazon has entered into agreements with Arianespace, Blue Origin, and United Launch Alliance (ULA) to provide launch services for its Project Kuiper constellation.
“Project Kuiper will provide fast, affordable broadband to tens of millions of customers in unserved and underserved communities around the world,” said Dave Limp, SVP for Amazon devices and services.
“We still have lots of work ahead, but the team has continued to hit milestone after milestone across every aspect of our satellite system. These launch agreements reflect our incredible commitment and belief in Project Kuiper, and we’re proud to be working with such an impressive lineup of partners to deliver on our mission.”
Amazon said the contracts cover up to 83 launches over a five-year period, providing capacity for Amazon to deploy the majority of its 3,236-satellite constellation.
The firm said it is the largest commercial procurement of launch vehicles in history.
“Securing launch capacity from multiple providers has been a key part of our strategy from day one,” said Rajeev Badyal, VP oof technology for Project Kuiper at Amazon. “This approach reduces risk associated with launch vehicle stand-downs and supports competitive long-term pricing for Amazon, producing cost savings that we can pass on to our customers. These large, heavy-lift rockets also mean we can deploy more of our constellation with fewer launches, helping simplify our launch and deployment schedule. We’re excited to move one step closer to connecting residential, business, and government customers around the world.”