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Amazon’s Project Kuiper establishes a satellite hub and training initiative

Amazon is expanding its Project Kuiper satellite broadband network with the establishment of a logistics facility in Everett, Washington. In partnership with Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Amazon is creating a satellite technician certificate program to prepare students for careers in aerospace assembly and manufacturing. The program will help meet the changing needs of the area’s space and satellite sectors. Amazon’s goal with Project Kuiper is to build and launch more than 3,000 satellites to provide high-speed Internet access to millions of people worldwide. The company already employs more than 1,400 people at several locations, including a satellite factory in Kirkland and a research and development facility in Redmond, Washington.

The new logistics facility in Everett will play a critical role in supporting Project Kuiper by serving as the single delivery point for all externally purchased materials and supplies for the project. This hub, which will come fully online next month, will bring approximately 200 skilled technician jobs to the Everett region. The partnership with Lake Washington Institute of Technology will help create a pipeline of future satellite engineers to meet the needs of the region’s growing aerospace industry. Amazon is also incorporating the satellite certification paths into its Career Choice program, which provides education and skills training for warehouse workers.

Project Kuiper aims to establish a constellation of 3,232 satellites to provide high-speed internet access from low Earth orbit. While the project trails SpaceX’s Starlink network in satellite deployment, Amazon is making progress on launching its first production satellites in the coming months. The Lake Washington Institute of Technology program offers two certification tracks that target specialists in aerospace assembly and aerospace manufacturing. Students receive training in safety protocols, material handling, electrical systems and industry standard practices.

The partnership with Lake Washington Institute of Technology includes working with the Project Kuiper team to develop the program and courses. The program will also include guest lecturers from the Project Kuiper team, as well as the donation of 150 classroom resources. Classes for the certification tracks begin in July and are intended to be completed in two semesters. The hands-on laboratory training at the institute will equip students with the skills needed to work in the fast-growing space industry. The courses will cover a range of topics including emerging technologies and industry standard practices to prepare students for careers as satellite technicians.

Amazon’s investment in Project Kuiper not only strengthens the region’s reputation as a hub for aerospace innovation, but also creates valuable job opportunities for residents of Everett and the surrounding areas. The company plans to deploy enough satellites by the end of 2024 to begin offering demonstrations to early business customers. Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s satellite technician certificate program will help meet the demand for skilled technicians in the space and satellite sectors. With an emphasis on hands-on training and industry partnerships, the program aims to provide students with hands-on experience in aerospace assembly and manufacturing to support the growth of Project Kuiper and the aerospace industry as a whole.