Kepler Communications Announces Successful Launch of New GEN1 Satellites
Kepler Communications welcomed two new satellites into their constellation, the first of Kepler’s new GEN1 satellites. The two satellites, KEPLER-4 and KEPLER-5, were successfully launched via a Soyuz rocket at approximately 07:20EDT this morning. Once fully commissioned these satellites will greatly increase the capacity of Kepler’s Global Data Services offering and expand Kepler’s narrowband availability, paving the way for early customer trials of Kepler’s EverywhereIoT service.
The two satellites launched today are the first of Kepler’s new GEN1 platform. Built entirely at Kepler’s production facility in Toronto, the GEN1 platform represents an evolution beyond Kepler’s pathfinder satellites, with an increase in size to a 6U-XL BUS. The increased size accommodates many technology enhancements, including additional power and antenna capabilities that allows the support of both Ku and narrowband spectrum from a single satellite. This multi-spectrum support is achieved with Kepler’s proprietary Software Defined Radio (SDR) which has been proven onboard the three satellites already on orbit.
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Mina Mitry, CEO of Kepler Communications said of the GEN1 satellite launch, “This is a milestone event for Kepler marking the start of our aggressive launch campaign in the coming months. It is through the unrelenting work of our team that we are heading to orbit with the first satellites entirely produced in our facility. Our current rate of satellite production will allow our network to grow significantly in the coming months, and we look forward to putting the service in the hands of our customers.”
Kepler’s launch plans include an additional launch in 2020, currently scheduled for December, which will add additional GEN1 satellites to the Kepler constellation. As with today’s launch, these satellites will service the growing customer demand for Global Data Services and support EverywhereIoT demonstrations.
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Kepler’s CTO, Wen Cheng Chong, added “GEN1 for Kepler is built upon the foundation laid down by KIPP, CASE & TARS which served as our technology & service demonstration satellites. We worked together with the team from the Space Flight Laboratory here in Toronto, who has more than 20 year of flight heritage, to develop a new generation of satellites that can deliver a dramatic improvement on our Global Data Service.”
Today’s launch was part of the Exolaunch Wanderlust mission, previously announced by Kepler on August 18th, and is the latest step in Kepler’s incremental approach to technology and commercial development as the company continues on its mission to build the internet in space.
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