Kepler Communications is a private satellite telecommunications company that builds, launches and operates a network of satellites to provide in-space connectivity. The company develops next-generation satellite communications technologies and delivers global satellite data backhaul services for wideband and IoT applications. The company’s stated mission is to deliver affordable network connectivity across the globe via a growing network of small satellites.
The company’s infrastructure is aimed to connect launch vehicles, space stations, habitats, and other satellites. Kepler primarily serves the maritime, natural resources, research and exploration, defense, and shipping and logistics industries.
The company is based in Toronto, Ontario in Canada and was established in 2015. The company has successfully launched two 3U CubeSat technology demonstration satellites, the KIPP (Kepler-1), launched in January 2018 and the CASE (Kepler-2), launched in November 2018.
Both satellites are in Sun-Synchronous polar orbits. The company’s goal is to grow their constellation up to 140 spacecrafts, all located in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). Kepler’s third satellite, TARS (Kepler-3), was launched in September 2020.
The names KIPP, CASE, and TARS are taken from the fictitious US Marine Corps robots of the same name in the 2014 film “Interstellar.
The satellites have been built by ÅAC Clyde Space, a company based in Glasgow, Scotland that specializes in CubeSat and SmallSat production. The company plans to construct its own satellites.
The company was founded in 2015 by Mina Mitry, Samer Bishay, Jeffrey R Osborne, Mark Michael and Wen Cheng Chong
In September 2020 two new GEN1 satellites were added into Kepler’s constellation to increase the capacity of Kepler’s Global Data Services. The two satellites, Kepler-4 and Kepler-5, were successfully launched on a Soyuz 2 rocket, operated by GK Launch Services, from the launch site in Kazakhstan.
In June 2021 the company raised 60 million USD in a new round to help the company grow, including an expansion in the U.S. The equity round was led by Tribe Capital, which has previously invested in space companies Relativity and Momentus, with funding also coming from Addition Capital and Canaan Partners.
In December 2021, SmallSat operator Spire Global and Kepler agreed to test the company’s in-space communications network Ærther by using a Spire Global satellite. Spire will host Kepler’s ÆTHER product aboard an upcoming Spire Nano-satellite due to launch in the fourth quarter of 2022.
|Satellite||Mission||Launch Date||Launcher||Launch Provider|
|Kepler-1 (KIPP)||Jan 19th, 2018||Long March 11||CGWIC China|
|Kepler-2 (CASE)||HysIS||Nov 28th, 2018||PSLV||ISRO India|
|Kepler-3 (TARS)||SSMS||Sept 3rd, 2020||Vega||Arianespace FG|
|Kepler-4 (Antilles)||Sept 28th, 2020||Soyuz 2||GK Launch KZ|
|Kepler-5 (Amidala)||Sept 28th, 2020||Soyuz 2||GK Launch KZ|
|Kepler-6 (Rocinante)||Mar 22nd, 2021||Soyuz 2||GK Launch KZ|
|Kepler-7 (C3PO)||Mar 22nd, 2021||Soyuz 2||GK Launch KZ|
|Kepler-8 (Amarok)||Transporter-1||Jan 24th, 2021||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Kepler-9 (Artemis)||Transporter-1||Jan 24th, 2021||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Kepler-10 (Baby Yoda)||Transporter-1||Jan 24th, 2021||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Kepler-11 (Daneel)||Transporter-1||Jan 24th, 2021||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Kepler-12 (Boba)||Transporter-1||Jan 24th, 2021||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Kepler-13 (Lucky)||Transporter-1||Jan 24th, 2021||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Kepler-14 (Stella)||Transporter-1||Jan 24th, 2021||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Kepler-15 (Sudormrf)||Transporter-1||Jan 24th, 2021||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Kepler-16 (Astraeus)||Transporter-3||Jan 13th, 2022||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Kepler-17 (Karina)||Transporter-3||Jan 13th, 2022||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Kepler-18 (Blip-A)||Transporter-3||Jan 13th, 2022||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
|Kepler-19||Transporter-3||Jan 13th, 2022||Falcon 9||SpaceX USA|
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