They'd use Ka-band frequencies like those Iridium is utilizing for interlinks (not client associations) with its most recent satellites, and Amazon is requesting freedom to utilize hostile to impedance innovation to evade cerebral pains. Satellites will orbit 366 to 391 miles above Earth. The filing states that Amazon's satellites will be operating at altitudes of about 370 to 390 miles. They will de-orbit after 10 years to mitigate the risk of space debris, Geekwire reports.
In the filing, Amazon's wholly owned Kuiper Systems subsidiary cited several studies suggesting that 3.8 billion people across the world still don't have access to reliable broadband services.
"We now have in our sights new competition in the broadband marketplace and new opportunities for rural Americans who lack access to high-speed Internet access", Pai said in remarks prepared for a talk at the US Chamber of Commerce.
Seeking Alpha reported that Amazon expects "to offer service to tens of millions of underserved customers around the world" via the network, which the company is developing under the code-name Project Kuiper. Starlink satellites are already in orbit, including 57 once you take out the three that SpaceX lost contact with post-launch.
Amazon is moving forward with a plan to launch thousands of satellites into space in order to bring broadband internet service to the almost all of the United States.
The company, however, warns that its satellite system won't cover many regions across the globe, including some parts of Alaska.
The first batch of SpaceX's Starlink satellites were launched in May.
Kuiper's president, Rajeev Badyal, was previously fired from SpaceX after CEO Elon Musk was unhappy with his progress in creating a satellite-broadband program. Amazon is asking the FCC if it will waive the requirement to provide service to the entire USA and all territories - particularly Alaska, which is out of range of the intended satellite cluster orbit paths.