Amazon simply booked as much as 83 rockets to launch its personal satellite tv for pc web constellation

Amazon just booked up to 83 rockets to launch its own satellite internet constellation


The agreement includes two veteran rocket builders — United Launch Alliance, which is joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, and European company Arianespace — as well as Blue Origin, the rocket company started by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, which is still working to develop a rocket capable of reaching orbit.

Bezos remains the executive chairman of Amazon.

The contracts include a total of up to 83 launches, which Amazon is calling one of the largest commercial launch deals ever inked. The launches will take place over about five years. All three rockets that Amazon plans to use for these missions are not in operation yet but are expected to enter service later this year or 2023. Financial details were not disclosed.

In an interview with CNBC Tuesday, Dave Limp, Amazon’s senior vice president for devices and services, said only that the contracts will cost Amazon “billions.”

He added that the company’s goal is to launch a few test satellites to orbit within the next…