Amazon’s Kuiper internet service will lift off later today. The online retailer’s first test satellite will hitch a ride aboard the Atlas V rocket and takes off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.
Interested in watching the feed of the launch? You can catch it on United Launch Alliance’s YouTube site here. United Launch Alliance is supplying the Atlas V rocket carrying the Kuiper satellite.
The launch window opens up at 2 p.m. ET. The launch had been delayed several times, including from last week, due to factors like weather.
Amazon is positioning Project Kuiper as a core part of the company’s future. It’s expected to provide not only home internet services, but connect businesses, hospitals and other businesswith its satellite-based internet connection.
Today’s launch is part of an initial test of Project Kuiper. If the test is successful, Amazon plans to mass produce the satellites and launch them starting next year. The company said it intends to launch more than 3,000 satellites into low-earth orbit, creating a constellation capable of beaming down internet services.
Project Kuiper would join SpaceX’s Starlink as another provider of satellite-based internet connection.