Amazon’s Kuiper satellites will soon appear in the night sky. The company is preparing to send its first two satellites, KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2, as part of the Protoflight mission, which is scheduled to launch on October 6. Project Kuiper is Amazon’s answer to SpaceX’s Starlink service. Amazon plans to launch 3,200 satellites over the next six years. Kuiper satellites will provide Internet connection even in remote places where traditional providers cannot reach.

The KuiperSat-1 and KuiperSat-2 satellites will allow the company to conduct a series of tests. The ground team of the Kuiper project will also have the ability to monitor how the network is performing, as Protoflight will be testing satellite connections to the ground network and customer terminals“We have done extensive testing in our laboratory and have a high degree of confidence in the design of our satellite, but there is no substitute for testing in orbit,” Rajeev Badyal, vice president of the Kuiper project, said in a statement. “Amazon sends satellites into space for the first time and no matter how the mission turns out, we will learn an incredible amount.”

ULA’s Vulcan Centaur rocket will lift the satellites to an altitude of 500 km, and the team will then begin testing the on-board systems, confirming that all electronics are working, making first contact and deploying the satellites’ solar panels. According to Amazon, both satellites will be removed from orbit at the end of the mission. ULA will broadcast a live stream of the event on October 6, beginning at 2:00 PM CEST.

Source: www.engadget.com