Toronto-based new satellite start-up Kepler Communications is seeking a launch provider to place up to 15 of its small mini-satellites into orbit by 2020. These 15 initial satellites are intended to expand to around 140 in order to provide a narrowband Internet of Things service in 2020.
The small satellites are designed to serve IoT and Machine-To-Machine communications.
Kepler has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to potential launch providers, with a response date of Septemebr 21st, and with a final selection to be made later this year.
Kepler says it is looking to launch its new fleet during the first 9 months of 2020.
Three satellites, which weigh just 12-15 kgs are already on order, and one is in orbit. AAC Microtec Clyde (of Uppsala Sweden and Glasgow, Scotland) is the satellite contractor, and their first craft was launched on a Chinese Long March rocket back in January. A second is due to be orbited later this year, and a third during 2019.