Amazon broadband project ready to blast off 

Amazon has deals with three rocket companies to help launch communications satellites that the online retail giant says will help provide fast, affordable broadband to millions of underserved people around the world.

Amazon said Tuesday that Arianespace, United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin will combine for up to 83 launches during the next five year

Deploying the majority of Amazon’s 3,236 low-earth satellites to be used for what Amazon is calling “Project Kuiper.”

Amazon and Blue Origin were both founded by Jeff Bezos, who blasted into space on a Blue Origin rocket last summer.

Blue Origin signed on for 12 launches, with options for up to 15 more

Arianespace is the European space consortium that launched NASA’s $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope in December 

Amazon contracted for 18 launches of its new Ariane 6 rocket that will put satellites into orbit

Amazon contracted for 38 launches with Colorado-based United Launch Alliance

Amazon has 1,000 employees working on Project Kuiper, which it says, once deployed, will be able to serve tens of millions of residential, business, and government customers in places without dependable broadband