Telesat is said to have picked New Glenn for its massive payload that can help in reducing satellite launching cost.
Blue Origin, the Jeff Bezos owned aerospace manufacturing company, has reportedly been selected by Canada’s Telesat to launch its internet satellites into space. New Glenn, the massive heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle, developed by Blue Origin, has been chosen for the purpose.
Sources close to the matter are of the opinion that through the partnership the companies would be competing with SpaceX, owned by Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, that is planning to launch thousands of satellites to increase internet access on earth.
For the record, 14 million rural Americans along with 1.2 million Americans who live on tribal lands do not have access to mobile broadband. Satellites launched by ViaSat and Hughes Communications do deliver residential broadband connections but Telesat wants to offer fiber-like internet networks to residential as well as mobile customers.
Bob Smith, CEO, Telesat has been reported to say that the partnership is expected to give New Glenn the chance to prove its volume and heavy-lift capabilities to national security, civil and commercial customers when its starts launching in 2021.
New Glenn rocket is reported to have a large payload capacity that is expected to lower the cost of satellites deployment for Telesat. The deal is among the best recent wins for the Jeff Bezos headed rocket company. Blue Origin was granted $500 million by the U.S. Air Force in October last year to develop the New Glenn Rocket.
Besides such funding, Bezos has been heavily investing in Blue Origin and has been known to annually pour $1 billion of his Amazon stock in to the rocket venture. In September 2018, he said that annual investment in Blue origins will be further increased in 2019.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX is also racing to launch its own satellites and start beaming internet back to earth. Its network of satellites called Starlink will be launched from its Falcon 9 rocket. In March last year, SpaceX was granted approval by the Federal Communications Commission to use its satellite constellation to provide broadband services. SpaceX has been reported to say that it will be sending 4,425 satellites in to space, a process that will begin in 2019.