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Startup Profile: Kepler Communications Aims to Build a Commercial Space Network to Keep Satellites in Touch

Eyeing the space boom, the company plans to launch a constellation of CubeSats

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Startup Profile: Kepler Communications Aims to Build a Commercial Space Network to Keep Satellites in Touch
Photo: Kepler Communications

img opener for Kepler profileE.T. Phone Home: Kepler Communications plans to deploy small satellites to help other satellites stay in contact with their operators on Earth.Photo: Kepler Communications

At the heart of the current wave of private space companies rests a single enabling technology: satellites. As these versatile vessels drop in price, there’s no shortage of ideas for new satellite-based products and services. But there’s a major stumbling block—as satellites orbit, they frequently lose contact with their owners. Any given satellite may fly over a ground station only once every few hours.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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