One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is "How are your satellites different?" While it is important to distinguish between Kepler and the work of incumbents such as Iridium, Globalstar, or Inmarsat, I believe the better question is "Why now?". Here's why.
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.