Kepler Communications and Innovative Space Logistics (ISL) have finalized a deal to launch two satellites into heliosynchronous orbit next year, with the support of GK Launch Services. With the gradual launch of multiple batches of next-generation satellites, Kepler will eventually build LEO (Low-Earth Orbit) constellation for offering global data services.
A narrowband payload and a highly efficient Ku-band communications system will be incorporated in Kepler’s next-generation satellites for both low-energy consuming IoT connectivity and high-speed data transfers. Kepler’s Head of Launch & Satellite Programs, Jared Bottoms, stated that ISL has become an important cohort for the company. Kepler Communication is very eager to use ISL’s exclusive deployers and services, this time with GK launch services to deploy the primary next-generation satellites. In January 2018, Kepler and ISL joined forces for the company’s foremost mission, in which Kepler’s first satellite was effectually launched into orbit. Later that year, the company launched its second satellite as well.
Kepler has plans to deploy a constellation of 140 low-Earth orbit satellites from 2020 to 2023. However, to accomplish the desired plans, the company has to execute as per the organized schedule. Kepler is already operating two demonstration satellites, delivering high-speed data transfer service to its several early customers.
On a related note, Northrop Grumman has built a groundbreaking satellite that will dock with an aging satellite already orbiting over 22,000 Miles above Earth and is set to launch via a Proton rocket from Kazakhstan. The new spacecraft, while orbiting, will keep on grabbing the energy for propulsion with the help of solar-electric thrusters.
MEV 1, referred to as the first Mission Extension Vehicle, will hook up soon with an aged Intelsat communications satellite, which has been orbiting consistently from the last 18 Years. Once docked, the MEV 1 spacecraft would work as a portable propulsion engine for the Intelsat 901 satellite, which is running out of gas.