MOSAiC: The Largest Year-Round Expedition to the North Pole
The largest expedition ever to the high north, which set sail last September, has reached the North Pole with its crew of hundreds of scientists looking to study one of the planet’s least understood region. The research will reveal the actual speed and nature of global climate change.
Knowing the Destination. Charting the Road.
We began Kepler in 2015 with a singular mission to build in-space telecommunications infrastructure. Like the railroads that helped settle the western frontier, we believe connectivity infrastructure is an intrinsic good that will be needed to expand humanity into space. As we set upon this Mission, there were early indicators suggesting this future was not so farfetched nor distant.
WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEBSITE!
We are thrilled to release our brand-new website where you can find all the information you need about our services, educational resources such as whitepapers, case studies and some cute video animations as well as the latest news about Kepler! The new site will continuously evolve as our business evolves, and we always welcome feedback from the community for how to improve.
Kepler contracts with Clyde Space to build third satellite, TARS, a 6U cubesat meant to demonstrate IoT narrowband services
Kepler has contracted leading UK small satellite manufacturer, ÅAC Clyde, for a 6U satellite bus in support of the machine-to-machine communications mission. This new platform, TARS, will be the third built by the company for Kepler's growing constellation, offering satellite communication services for Internet of Things (IoT) and data backhaul applications. The mission is part of the UK’s Satellite Applications Catapult In-Orbit Demonstration Mission 5.
Catapult to speed up the launch of Kepler's Global Data Service with a new satellite
Kepler has been awarded the 5th In-Orbit Demonstration Mission (IOD 5) by the Satellite Applications Catapult, a UK space innovation company, to develop its third and last demonstration satellite. This satellite will form a service demonstration for Kepler's Global Data Service, a pole-to-pole wideband satellite communications service, while also providing a demonstration platform for the company's IoT offering. The satellite is planned to launch in the latter half of 2019.
Nanosatellites & agile methodology
Innovation and an agile methodology are two of the guiding principles that drive the success of our research and development process at Kepler. These principles help us to maintain a high level of adaptation to the challenges of designing, building and launching satellites to space.
The Future of Connectivity at the Poles
A steady expansion of tourism, resource exploration, shipping, and scientific research within the Arctic and on Antarctica has increased the demand for reliable and affordable polar connectivity. Since fiber cables and cell towers are not an option, and GEO satellites fall behind in terms of service quality, availability, and competitive pricing, LEO nanosatellites might seem the best alternative to connect the Earth’s poles.
Baby Steps and Beacon Signals: The Importance of Getting Licensed for Space
Three hundred and sixty-five days Transforming KIPP from ink on a whiteboard to an orbital data hauler in the span of a single year required overcoming tremendous obstacles. With a team of a few more than a dozen, what we’ve lacked in experience we’ve made up for with a liberal dose of whatever else we could find.
A Shared Victory
There is no more gratifying glory than shared victory. Two weeks ago, we launched our first satellite to space and began testing telemetry and control of the spacecraft from our ground station in Markham, Ontario. That is a victory in itself! One that wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the support of Nextologies, who is hosting our much-needed Telemetry, Tracking and Control (TT&C) station. The successful rollout and commissioning of the ground station was crucial for establishing contact with our spacecraft right after launch.
After one year and two months of constant iteration on the Master Plan Part Un, we’re excited to announce that we’ve earned the backing of some incredibly talented people. Brad Gillespie and the team at IA Ventures led our oversubscribed 5M USD seed round. This allowed us to attract some really great investors namely, Techstars Ventures, Liquid 2 VC (NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana’s fund), SK Ventures, Zelkova Ventures, Plug & Play Ventures, V1 VC, Globalive Capital, and BDC.
Master Plan, Part Un
Inspired by Elon Musk’s recent post on Tesla's Master Plan, I felt it appropriate to try and map out what Kepler will look like over the next few years. But before I talk about our master plan, I think everyone needs a solid understanding of the why. That is why we’re building Kepler.