Amazon snatches up Facebook’s satellite Internet team to compete with SpaceX

An exterior view of an Amazon fulfillment center in Las Vegas.
An exterior view of an Amazon fulfillment center in Las Vegas. Photo credit Ethan Miller/Getty Images
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Amazon has acquired a group of wireless internet specialists on Facebook’s payroll, a Facebook representative told The Informer. The new addition bolsters Amazon’s efforts to launch hundreds, potentially thousands, of satellites to offer broadband Internet globally.

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The Los Angeles-based experts left Facebook and moved to Amazon in April. The group includes software engineers, mechanical engineers, and physicists with experience developing aircraft or wireless networks.

The team will focus on building a network of nearly 600 low-Earth-orbiting (LEO) satellites by 2025. Amazon has spent at least $10 billion on the project – nicknamed “Kuiper.”

Amazon – which earnestly wants to compete with Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink satellite network ​​– compensated Facebook to keep details of the talent acquisition confidential, The Information reported.

Facebook not only gave up some intellectual property the team had developed, but it turned over their offices as well.

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