C-COM Satellite Systems and Kepler Communications Announce Successful Integration of LEO Support on C-COM FLY-981

OTTAWA and TORONTO, Canada, April 2, 2019 – C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. (TSXV: CMI), the world’s leading provider of commercial grade auto-acquire mobile satellite antenna systems, and Kepler Communications, a pioneering nano-satellite telecommunications company, announced today the successful integration of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite tracking capabilities to C-COM’s highly successful FLY-981.

This comes at the substantial completion of a development project that C-COM and Kepler have been collaborating on in recent months, with C-COM’s engineering team developing the necessary capabilities and Kepler providing access to their LEO satellites. During the store & forward tests, C-COM’s FLY-981 antenna was demonstrated to successfully acquire and track Kepler’s satellites on a repeatable basis and achieved data transfer speeds of 100Mbps down and 30Mbps up.

For C-COM, this represents the capability of adding Low Earth Orbit satellite communications as an additional service to existing and future customers of C-COM auto-acquire satellite dishes.  For Kepler, the addition of the FLY-981 as an approved satellite dish solution expands the potential users beyond maritime applications, to land-based applications such as natural resource exploration and extraction, remote research bases, and other activities where portability and reliability are key considerations.

The FLY-981 is the Ku-band version in the C-COM auto-acquire line-up.  A 98 cm satellite antenna system which is a highly portable, the FLY-981 can be assembled in 10 minutes by one person, without any tools, and is available with airline-checkable cases, making it the terminal of choice in various industries such as Oil & Gas Exploration, Military Communications, Disaster Management, and the Public Sector.

Kepler’s Global Data Service, currently enabled by Kepler’s first two satellites in orbit, is a high-capacity data communication service.  Covering every part of the globe, pole-to-pole, GDS allows the movement of Gigabytes of data to and from the user’s location at economical rates.  The store-and-forward nature of the solution makes it suitable for latent-tolerable data such as media vaults, information generated by operations such as drilling data for the oil and gas industry, and backhaul of data repositories. 

“For C-COM, this test with Kepler Communications LEO nano-satellites opens up new developing markets for our extensive worldwide reseller base,” said Leslie Klein, President and CEO of C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. “The store and forward data delivery services offered by Kepler’s LEO constellations using our iNetVu mobile antenna system’s Low Earth Orbit option will provide customers with a unique, cost-effective large data transfer capability,” Klein continued. 

“For Kepler, the addition of the C-COM FLY-981 as an approved satellite antenna solution expands the potential user base beyond maritime applications, to land-based mobile/transportable applications such as natural resource exploration and extraction, remote research bases, disaster management, defense, and many other vertical markets requiring high-capacity connectivity where portability and reliability are key considerations,” said Mina Mitry, CEO of Kepler Communications.

C-COM and Kepler will be continuing their collaboration on future projects that will increase the accessibility of LEO satellite communications, and in turn, increases the data services that users of C-COM’s satellite systems are able to utilize.



C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. is a pioneer and world leader in the design, development, and manufacture of mobile satellite-based antenna systems for the delivery of Broadband Internet to any location via Satellite. C-COM has developed a proprietary, one-button, auto-acquisition controller technology for rapid antenna pointing to a geostationary satellite with just the press of a button, enabling high-speed Internet connectivity where terrestrial markets are overloaded or simply don’t exist. The company has sold approximately 8,000 systems to customers in over 100 countries providing service to a wide range of vertical markets such as Oil & Gas Exploration, Military Communications, Disaster Management, SNG, Emergency Communications, Cellular Backhaul, Telemedicine, Mobile Banking, and others. The Company’s iNetVu® brand is synonymous with high quality, reliability and cost-effectiveness.


Kepler is a satellite telecommunications provider based in Canada, backed by Costanoa Ventures, IA Ventures and other leading investors. Kepler aims to build an in-space telecommunications network through an incremental deployment of products and technologies. For more information visit www.kepler.space and @KeplerComms

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