Connecting All Things Everywhere
The Internet has connected humans across greater distances than ever before. The world is progressively shrinking, and the seven-member team at Kepler Communications figures to play a large part in increasing that connectivity.

Since its formation in 2015, Kepler Communications has raised $5.5 million towards the development of a global constellation of cube satellites that will connect any device on Earth, or in orbit. According to their website, “Put simply, we are building cell phone towers in space.”

At the helm of Kepler Communications is 27-year-old Mina Mitry. This is Mitry’s fourth startup, but the first that he’s co-founded, and the only to deal with space. “Our core vision is providing ubiquitous connectivity for the devices that gather the world’s information,” says Mitry.

Kepler is just one of many aerospace companies looking to take advantage of the increasing amount of data being stored on satellites and improve global accessibility to data, as well as the ability to share data.

Since their inception, the team at Kepler Communications has ordered two demo satellites from Clyde Space, a small-satellite specialist based in Scotland. They were also one of just 11 companies that notified the FCC prior to the November 15th deadline of plans to deploy constellations of communications satellites that will operate in the same bands that the U.S.-based company, OneWeb, intends to use for its 900-satellite constellation.

Kepler’s constellation will consist of up to 140 Ku-band nanosatellites in low-earth orbit. These satellites will establish an in-space telecommunications network for spaceborne assets. The company plans to launch its first two satellites later this year, and hopes to complete its constellation by 2022. Once their constellation is established, Mitry and his team want to tap into the lucrative ‘Internet of Things’ market. Their goal is to utilize their constellation of satellites to provide data backhaul for rapidly expanding collection of network-connected devices.

Mitry and his team have big aspirations, but they have also targeted short-term achievements that will help them realize their long-term vision. “The initial service will be strictly focused on terrestrial device data backhaul,” says Mitry.

Mitry continues to expand on his company’s vision by saying, “That will be our initial focus for the next few years, following which we will transition toward satellite-to-satellite data relay. The focus of the company in the near term will be devices that gather information on the ground, and in the long term, the devices that gather information from space.”

Mitry also went on to describe how his company can take advantage of its location. “When investors evaluate an investment opportunity, every one of our investors has been very sophisticated in understanding the implications of investing in a Canadian company.”

“They also understand the strategic advantages that you can gain from being a Canadian company, specifically in the space industry,” Mitry continues. “One example is access to more launch opportunities. U.S.-domiciled companies have regulations that prevent them from launching with a number of countries that have great launch capabilities.”

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Posted by: DSR
Monday, April 3, 2017
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