The December 2022 issue of IEEE Spectrum is here!

Close bar

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

3 min read
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.

Keep Reading ↓Show less

This article is for IEEE members only. Join IEEE to access our full archive.

Join the world’s largest professional organization devoted to engineering and applied sciences and get access to all of Spectrum’s articles, podcasts, and special reports. Learn more →

If you're already an IEEE member, please sign in to continue reading.

Membership includes:

  • Get unlimited access to IEEE Spectrum content
  • Follow your favorite topics to create a personalized feed of IEEE Spectrum content
  • Save Spectrum articles to read later
  • Network with other technology professionals
  • Establish a professional profile
  • Create a group to share and collaborate on projects
  • Discover IEEE events and activities
  • Join and participate in discussions

Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

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

11 min read
Vertical
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.

Keep Reading ↓Show less
{"imageShortcodeIds":[]}