Amazon’s Mission Kuiper Satellite tv for pc Web is testing a prototype antenna

A Project Kuiper engineer sets up a prototype antenna for a test.

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Amazon has passed an important early milestone in the development of the hardware for the planned satellite internet network Project Kuiper, the company announced on Wednesday.

Jeff Bezos’ e-commerce and technology giant said his Kuiper team has completed the first development of the antenna, which will be housed in its “low-cost customer terminal” that will connect users to the Amazon network. The Kuiper project represents Amazon’s plan to put 3,236 internet satellites into orbit – a system that would rival SpaceX’s Starlink network.

Amazon said it had tested the Kuiper antenna “in multiple environments”, including “streaming 4K quality video from a geostationary (GEO) satellite.” Geostationary satellites are typically in an orbit about 35,000 kilometers from Earth, which, according to Amazon, is “about 50 times farther” than the planned orbit for Kuiper’s satellites, about 600 kilometers away.

“Our prototype already delivers speeds of up to 400 Mbps and performance will continue to improve in future iterations,” the company wrote in a blog post.

A diagram of Project Kuiper’s antenna for the customer terminals.

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