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KIPP, CASE (Kepler 0, 1)

KIPP [Clyde Space]

Kepler Communications, a small satellite startup, is designing a constellation of CubeSats for Internet-of-Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M) and inter-satellite communications services.

Kepler’s goals are to provide a vastly improved IoT backhaul for customers on the ground, as well as real time access to satellites in the same orbit. In an interview with Via Satellite, Co-Founder and CTO Wen Cheng Chong said the fresh capital has given the company the means to start building out its system.

Kepler is starting with two 3U CubeSat operating in Ku-band and providing store and forward services, with the first to be launched in late 2017. The satellites ares named KIPP and CASE in honor of fictional robots from the movie 'Interstellar'.

The constellation would then expand to an initial size of 10 to 15 satellites in a polar orbit. With this fleet, the company would provide low data rate communications for various user terminals to the satellite, and a very large pipe to the gateway when over ground stations. For a late phase, the constellation might be increased to 120 satellites.

The 3U CubeSat feature deployable solar arrays, software defined radios (SDR) and high gain antennas. Clyde Space has been contracted to build the satellites.

Nation: Canada
Type / Application: Communication M2M/IoT
Operator: Kepler Communications
Contractors: Clyde Space
Equipment: SDR
Configuration: CubeSat (3U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Orbit: 528 km × 545 km, 97.54° (#1); 476 km × 499 km, 97.48° (#2)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
KIPP (Kepler 0) 2018-008D 19.01.2018 Jq LP-43/95B CZ-11 with Jilin-1 Shipin-07, Jilin-1 Shipin-08, TY 2, TY 6, Zhou Enlai
CASE (Kepler 1) 2018-096L 29.11.2018 Sr FLP PSLV-CA with HySIS, BlackSky 1, Flock-3r 1, ..., 16, Lemur-2 84, ..., 87, CICERO 8, Hiber 1, HSAT 1, Centauri 2, FACSAT 1, InnoSat 2, Reaktor Hello World, 3Cat 1


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