According to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) report, mobile broadband services cannot cover approximately 14 million US rural populations, nor can they cover 1.2 million Americans in tribal territories. There are currently communication satellites such as Hughes Communications and ViaSat that provide residential broadband connectivity. But Telesat is looking for further steps to provide "fiber-like" Internet connectivity for residential and mobile customers.
"This collaboration, along with the US Air Force's selection of New Glenn's launch service agreement, gives New Glenn the opportunity to demonstrate its heavy-duty and capacity capabilities to civilian, commercial and national security customers when it begins its launch in 2021," Telesat CEO Bob Smith (Bob Smith) said.
The company said Blue Origin's Wew Glenn rocket has a large payload capacity that can help Telesat reduce the cost of deploying its satellites. This collaboration is also Amazon's founder Jeff Bezos Rocket. A recent victory.
In September, Blue Origin received a contract to supply the BE-4 engine to the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan rocket. ULA is a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin and is currently competing with SpaceX for military contracts. In October, the US Air Force awarded Blue Origin $500 million forDevelopmentIts New Glenn rocket.
Bezos is investing heavily in Blue Origin, which puts about $1 billion in Amazon stocks into rocket projects each year. Bezos said in a speech last September that he plans to increase his annual investment in 2019.
Musk's SpaceX is also trying to spread the Internet to Earth. Its "Starlink" satellite network will be launched from SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. In March, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved SpaceX to provide broadband services from its satellite constellation. The company said it plans to send 4,425 satellites to space this year. The speed is expected to be comparable to that of fiber-optic networks.
Telesat and Space Norway have also been approved by the FCC to operate similar networks.