27 Jun '16, 7pm

Startup Profile: Kepler Communications Aims to Build a Commercial Space Network to Keep Satellites in Touch

Startup Profile: Kepler Communications Aims to Build a Commercial Space Network to Keep Satellites in Touch

Photo: Kepler Communications E.T. Phone Home: Kepler Communications plans to deploy small satellites to help other satellites stay in contact with their operators on Earth. At the heart of the current wave of private space companies rests a single enabling technology: satellites. As these versatile vessels drop in price, there’s no shortage of ideas for new satellite-based products and services. But there’s a major stumbling block—as satellites orbit, they frequently lose contact with their owners. Any given satellite may fly over a ground station only once every few hours. That’s why Kepler Communications wants to build a grid of CubeSats (satellites roughly the size of a loaf of bread) to coordinate and relay messages sent by other satellites, acting as a service provider to fellow space startups. Kepler’s founders aim to place their first two satellites into orbit by th...

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