Atlas 5 rocket launches Amazon’s first Kuiper satellites from Cape Canaveral

Update 3:02 p.m. EDT (1902 UTC): ULA claims a successful launch of the prototype satellites for Amazon’s Project Kuiper constellation. They added that their next launch will be the maiden flight of the Vulcan rocket.

The first of Amazon’s satellites for its Project Kuiper internet constellation are set to be launched today aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 rocket. The launch window opens at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 UTC) and lasts for two hours.

At 11:30 a.m. EDT (15:30 UTC), ULA entered the first of two planned 15-minute holds with the second set to occur at T-4 minutes. The launch team said it’s tracking no issues. Follow along for live launch coverage on YouTube and read up on the mission by clicking here.

Amazon purchased nine Atlas 5 launches for its internet constellation along with 38 flights aboard the forthcoming Vulcan rocket.