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Project Kuiper Protoflight Mission (Atlas V #1)

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Communications

Low Earth Orbit Space Launch Complex 41 Cape Canaveral, FL, USA Probability: 85%

This launch will launch 2 KuiperSat demonstration satellites to 500 km altitude, 30 degree inclination orbit. They were previously scheduled on the 1st Vulcan launch. Project Kuiper is a mega constellation of satellites in Low Earth Orbit that will offer broadband internet access, this constellation will be managed by Kuiper Systems LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon. This constellation is planned to be composed of 3,276 satellites. The satellites are projected to be placed in 98 orbital planes in three orbital layers, one at 590 km, 610 km and 630 km altitude.

Telemetry

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Updates

Cosmic_Penguin • Oct. 6, 2023, 6:57 p.m.

Launch success.


Cosmic_Penguin • Oct. 6, 2023, 6:57 p.m.

Launch success.


Cosmic_Penguin • Oct. 6, 2023, 6:06 p.m.

Liftoff.


Atlas V 501

Family:
Configuration: 501

Atlas V with 5m Fairing, 0 SRB, 1 Centaur upper stage engine.

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Specifications
  • Minimum Stage
    1
  • Max Stage
    2
  • Length
    58.3 m
  • Diameter
    3.8 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    5.4 m
  • Launch Mass
    334 T
  • Thrust
    3827 kN
Family
  • Name
    Atlas V 501
  • Family
  • Variant
    501
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Atlas V 501
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $120000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    8210 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    3780 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity


In-active Cargo Unmanned
Destination:
Serial Number:

Details

United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance

(ULA)

CEO: Tory Bruno Founded: 2006 Successes: 161 Failures: 0 Pending: 45

Agency Type:

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. ULA was formed in December 2006 by combining the teams at these companies which provide spacecraft launch services to the government of the United States. ULA launches from both coasts of the US. They launch their Atlas V vehicle from LC-41 in Cape Canaveral and LC-3E at Vandeberg. Their Delta IV launches from LC-37 at Cape Canaveral and LC-6 at Vandenberg.

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Project Kuiper prototypes successfully test inter-satellite optical links

Amazon has successfully tested inter-satellite links between its two Project Kuiper prototypes in low Earth orbit, the company announced Dec. 14 as it prepares to start filling out a mesh broadband network in space next year.

CNBC

Amazon to connect Kuiper satellites with laser links to boost space internet network

Amazon will include a key speed-boosting technology in its coming Project Kuiper internet satellites, the company announced Thursday.

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Amazon Project Kuiper Reveals Faster Than Fiber Optical Inter-Satellite Link Capabilities

Amazon's Project Kuiper has announced the successful testing and validation of its optical inter-satellite link (OISL) capabilities.

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Project Kuiper ready for satellite production after successful prototype tests

Commercial Project Kuiper satellites are entering production next month without design changes after two recently launched prototypes aced end-to-end tests, the broadband constellation’s vice president of technology said in an interview.

CNBC

Amazon says its first Project Kuiper internet satellites were fully successful in testing

A little over a month after launch, Amazon on Thursday announced its pair of prototype internet satellites were fully successfully in operations and testing.

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