SpaceX to Launch two Batches of Nanosatellites for Kepler Communications

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SpaceX to Launch two Batches of Nanosatellites for Kepler Communications

Kepler has selected SpaceX as launch partner to deliver a portion of its first Low-Earth Orbit (LEO Nanosatellites) satellite constellation into space. The satellite will be delivered with the reusable Falcon 9 launch vehicle. 400 kg of launch capacity were procured for the deployment of multiple satellites. These spacecraft incorporate a high-capacity Ku-band communications system as well as a narrowband payload, allowing high-speed data transfers and low-power direct-to-satellite IoT connectivity.

This is the first cooperation of the two companies for a LEO deployment – and it will also be a historical event as it marks Kepler’s first use of SpaceX’s new SmallSat Rideshare Program. It will see the launch of multiple small spacecraft into sun-synchronous orbit (SSO).

Kepler looks forward to working with SpaceX to fulfill part of our 2020 launch plans. With this agreement, we are deploying our next-generation constellation on schedule, which will let us serve the growing demand,

said Mina Mitry, CEO of Kepler Communications.

We chose SpaceX as a launch partner and support their SmallSat Rideshare Program which is certainly a one-of-its-kind, exceeding expectations in terms of pricing and accommodation.

SpaceX is honored Kepler chose our Falcon 9 rideshare program to launch a portion of its innovative nanosatellite constellation, which will help close global gaps in internet connectivity,

said Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

SpaceX is looking forward to delivering these important spacecraft to orbit for Kepler.

When the setup is complete, Kepler’s LEO satellite (Nanosatellites) constellation will consist of approximately 140 satellites. The deployment is planned in three phases within the next three years. The LEO constellation will grow to become a space data relay system that can serve other constellations with high-speed data backhaul capabilities.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Kepler

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