Kepler KIPP satellite (Source: Kepler Communications)

Kepler Communications certifies Kymeta antennas

Data mover/IoT services firm Kepler Communications announced it has successful demonstrated Kymeta antennas work with its Ku-band test satellites in orbit.  The Kymeta u7 flat-panel electronically steered antenna achieved download speeds of 15 Mbps and upload speeds of 5 Mbps in repeated trials.

Kepler currently has two nanosatellites in orbit providing global store-and-forward data movement of large amounts of information.  Several customers are paying for Kepler’s Global Data Service (GDS) to move bulk data in out of the polar regions.

Kepler has nearly doubled its headcount from 20 to 40 over the past 6 months, according to its June email newsletter, with “all hands on deck supporting various customer trials.”  The company expects to launch its third satellite by the end of the year and put up to another 15 satellites into orbit in 2020.  In three years, Kepler plans to offer in-space connectivity to provide real-time relay of data between satellites and ground stations. 

Doug Mohney

Doug Mohney, a principal at Cidera Analytics, has been working and writing about IT and satellite industries for over 20 years. His real world experience including stints at two start-ups, a commercial internet service provider that went public in 1997 for $150 million and a satellite internet broadband company. Follow him on Twitter at DougonTech or contact him at dmohney139 (at) gmail (dot) com.

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