Amazon moved their Project Kuiper prototypes from Vulcan to Atlas V. Between that and some recent conversations I’ve had, I thought it would be a good time to check in on Kuiper and to see how they’re progressing towards deployment. I do some math, and it’s not good.
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- Amazon moves Project Kuiper prototypes from Vulcan to Atlas 5 - SpaceNews
- Amazon signs multibillion-dollar Project Kuiper launch contracts - SpaceNews
- Arianespace signs unprecedented contract with Amazon for 18 Ariane 6 launches to deploy Project Kuiper constellation - Arianespace
- Blue Origin opens rocket engine factory - SpaceNews
- Barry Jenakuns on X: “Fun fact, because Bezos own's Blue Origin, Amazon have to declare how much money they spend(/receive) on them. Assuming that this is for the 27 launch option, the $2.7 billion spent would give a per launch cost for New Glenn of $100 million.”
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