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.
Kepler has contracted leading UK small satellite manufacturer, ÅAC Clyde, for a 6U satellite bus in support of the machine-to-machine communications mission. This new platform, TARS, will be the third built by the company for Kepler's growing constellation, offering satellite communication services for Internet of Things (IoT) and data backhaul applications. The mission is part of the UK’s Satellite Applications Catapult In-Orbit Demonstration Mission 5.