Kepler is reshaping the satellite communications industry by developing groundbreaking technology that provides real solutions for global gaps in connectivity.
Kepler's founding purpose is to build infrastructure for space-based connectivity. Our infrastructure will connect launch vehicles, space stations, habitats, and other satellites. We want to bring the Internet to space!
To do so, Kepler develops technologies and delivers services that solve real connectivity problems, today, enabling us to sustainably and incrementally reach this objective.
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We build, launch, and operate satellites that provide global connectivity.
We connect thousands of businesses and teams globally to help them do what they do best.
We come up with great ideas. We come up with a lot of bad ideas too. It's part of the innovation process.
We are on a mission to build the Internet in space. We believe this long-term goal is important for the next stage of human evolution and exploration. We want to provide real-time communications to other satellites, space stations, launch vehicles, habitats, and any other space-borne assets. We intend to do this though a constellation of data-relaying satellites that will act as in-space cell phone towers.
Kepler began with four students from the University of Toronto, where we spent a year hopping between empty libraries, coffee shops, and a 500 sq-ft apartment. Through a number of startup pitch competitions, including Start@UTIAS and UofT's The Hatchery, as well as some government sources, we were able to secure our first $75,000 in start-up capital. This allowed us to bring on our first full-time employee.
Kepler was then accepted into the Techstars Seattle accelerator, where the nine week intensive program introduced us to other startups, the local aerospace scene, and eager investors. It was through Techstars that Kepler was able to secure our 5.5M USD seed round of financing. After this, Kepler moved into its first office space and hired more employees. We also contracted Clyde Space to build our first two satellites, KIPP and CASE.
Early in 2017, Kepler outgrew our first office and made the move to a new site with triple the space. We doubled headcount and delivered our first satellite, KIPP, to be launched into space.
We saw the launch and successful commissioning of our first satellite, KIPP, in early 2018. The 3U CubeSat was able to demonstrate the highest data rate ever achieved in a nanosatellite. We also began establishing substantial strategic partnerships, including one to fund the development of our third satellite, TARS, for launch in 2019.