A review of major events for Kepler in 2018.
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.
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 has been awarded the 5th In-Orbit Demonstration Mission (IOD 5) by the Satellite Applications Catapult, a UK space innovation company, to begin delivering narrowband connectivity to billions of Internet of Things (IoT) products next year - a need that still remains unsatisfied by terrestrial networks and existing satellite solutions. The partnership with the Catapult will allow Kepler to deliver our final prototype satellite before we begin launching our constellation of upwards of 140 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. TARS, our third satellite, will demonstrate the capacity and performance required to deliver narrowband services globally, while augmenting the high-capacity store-and-forward capabilities provided by our first satellites KIPP and CASE.
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.
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.
Master Plan Part Un in Action Kepler’s first satellite, KIPP, is now in orbit! Pushing forward step one of our top-secret master plan.
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.
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.