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.
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.