In November 2023, Kepler launched two optical Pathfinder satellites to test and validate the optical technology planned for our internet-ready LEO constellation, The Kepler Network. The SDA-compatible data relay network will build on flight heritage from our existing constellation of 21 RF satellites, improving on-orbit communications to give customers access to space-generated data in near-real-time.
[Breaking Defense] Optical communications, i.e. lasers, are the network pipes for the Internet of Space
Space-based comms are integral to our ability to connect to the internet, secure our communications, monitor our planet, and guide us on our roads and in our skies.