The past few years has seen a tremendous increase in the number of satellite systems deployed to meet the need for exponentially growing bandwidth demands. Indeed, the advent of High-Throughput Satellites (HTS) have sought to address this need, but bandwidth improvements have been incremental, at best. With the form factor of traditional geostationary satellites limited largely by volumetric constraints of their launch vehicle, it remains dubious to anticipate disruptive changes to the Pareto frontier that exists between coverage area and throughput for these networks in the near future.
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.