Tencent Technology News, before, foreign media reported that the global e-commerce giant Amazon is ready to enter the satellite broadband market, providing Internet access to the ground population through satellite. According to the latest news from foreign media, on June 6, Amazon's head, Bezos, confirmed the news. He said that he plans to spend billions of dollars to build a network of thousands of satellites to provide broadband Internet services. .
According to foreign media reports, Bezos said at a conference in Las Vegas on Thursday that Amazon's satellite broadband project codenamed "Kuibo plan" (Kuibo is the name of a famous Dutch astronomer), this A project is a big bet that the company needs to continue because its large-scale nature makes smaller, similar projects less meaningful.
Bezos said that the satellite broadband project “is a very good business for Amazon” because it requires a lot of capital expenditure. “This is a multi-billion dollar capital expenditure. Amazon is a big enough company, satellite broadband is what we need to do now, and if it works, this project will have a huge impact. ”
In the past documents submitted to the International Telecommunication Union, Amazon stated that its goal is to bring 3,236 satellites into low-Earth orbit and use them to provide Internet access services worldwide. The project is independent of Blue Origin, a space launch vehicle manufacturer in Bezos.
Blue origin is a private rocket launching company that competes with SpaceX. It has successfully achieved rocket reuse and reduced launch costs. It is believed that more than 3,000 satellites required by Amazon's satellite broadband service will also be commissioned by Blue Origin to launch into space.
Bezos: “As the name implies, you will eventually reach out to those who are not well-off. Rural areas and remote areas. I think you can see that in the future, broadband access will be very close to the basic needs of human beings. ”.
When Bezos talked about the project, an animal rights activist rushed to the podium. The protesters were brought to the background by security personnel and no incidents occurred.
In the field of satellite broadband, the most active is the SpaceX company of Musk. The company has been approved by the US government and plans to launch more than 10,000 small satellites to provide broadband Internet access to the ground population.
In May of this year, SpaceX has deployed more than 60 satellites for broadband access to space orbit. Recently, some astronomers are also worried that if more than 10,000 small satellites enter the space, the brightness will be too high, which may cause light pollution in space, affecting astronomical observations, but Musk recently explained this concern, it is said that the SpaceX team has As required, minimize the brightness of broadband satellite reflections in space.
Previously, after the news about the Amazon satellite broadband project was exposed, Musk once ridiculed Amazon and Bezos on the Twitter website. He believed that Amazon was copying SpaceX's business.
In terms of private rockets, Musk's SpaceX company is far ahead of Bezos' blue origin company. SpaceX is now able to help NASA transport supplies to the International Space Station. This year, SpaceX also plans to help send American astronauts to the International Space Station. .
In fact, satellite broadband has become a hot market. In addition to SpaceX and Amazon, Boeing and other military companies in the United States are also preparing to launch a large number of satellites to provide Internet users with Internet access.
It should be pointed out that satellite communication is actually not a new technology, but the current satellite communication and satellite Internet service fees are high, far from being acceptable to the general public. And SpaceX, Amazon and other companies hope that the lower cost of small satellites, as well as the use of rockets to reduce the cost of launch, truly achieve the satellite Internet and satellite communication services acceptable to the people. (Tencent Technology Review / Cheng Hao)