Amazon.com is purchasing as many as 83 rocket launches from three providers to deploy the majority of its planned Project Kuiper satellite constellation.
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The Russian missile test that shattered a dead satellite this week highlights a growing threat of space debris.
Inmarsat Group, the UK’s biggest satellite company, plans to launch a constellation of low-earth orbit spacecraft and set up 5G wireless networks, joining a new space race against the likes of Elon Musk.
Britain is betting that satellite operator OneWeb will help it boldly go into a post-Brexit era. But it faces formidable challenges to complete a working constellation and rebuild a collapsed venture.