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Amazon has confirmed the basic details of what it has been calling Project Kuiper, which would put more than 3,000 low-orbit satellites around the Earth that would high-speed internet connectivity to people who do not have broadband access.

Amazon is not along in this goal; Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX and Airbus-backed OneWeb also are engaged in similar projects.

Reuters reports that “companies such as SpaceX, LeoSat Enterprises and Canada’s Telesat are working to enable data networks with hundreds or even thousands of tiny satellites that orbit closer to Earth than traditional communications satellites, a radical shift made possible by leaps in laser technology and computer chips.”
KC's View:
I’m glad that these companies are making broadband access for all such a priority. I understand that it will potentially benefit their companies greatly, and I’m okay with that, because I long have felt that in the US, it is almost political and public policy malpractice that there are people in this country who do not have cell service and do not have broadband access. How can we be expected to be a 21st century nation if we equip our people with the tools of the 20th century?

By the way, I was just curious where the name of the Amazon project came from, so I did a little research … and this is what I found on Wikipedia:

Gerard Peter Kuiper (December 7, 1905 – December 23, 1973) was a Dutch–American astronomer, planetary scientist, selenographer, author and professor … Kuiper is considered by many to be the father of modern planetary science.[1] As professor at the University of Chicago, he was dissertation advisor to Carl Sagan.

Now, my next question was, what the hell is a selenographer?

Again, from Wikipedia:

Selenography is the study of the surface and physical features of the Moon. Historically, the principal concern of selenographists was the mapping and naming of the lunar maria, craters, mountain ranges, and other various features.

Just in case you were interested. (I was.)