SpaceRyder Appoints Kepler Communications CEO Mina Mitry to Advisory Board

Mina Mitry joins SpaceRyde’s board of advisors and notes the importance of its on-demand space transportation service to the success of the development of the space economy. (Credit: SpaceRyde/Kepler Space)

Founder and CEO of Kepler Communications, Mina Mitry joins former SpaceX Vice President, Jeff Thornburg, as the newest member on SpaceRyde’s Board of Advisors.

TORONTO, Aug. 9, 2022 (SpaceRyder PR) — SpaceRyde, the world’s first rocket network providing on-demand cargo transportation from the Earth to the Moon and everywhere in between, announced today the addition of fellow Canadian space innovator and CEO of Kepler Communications, Mina Mitry, to the company’s Board of Advisors. Mitry will join SpaceRyde’s inaugural member; career space engineer leader and former Vice President of Propulsion Engineering at SpaceX, Jeff Thornburg on the board.


Kepler Communications Announces Testing of ÆTHER™ Network with Spire Global

TORONTO, December 16, 2021 (Kepler Communications PR) — Kepler Communications announced today the signing of a contract with Spire Global, Inc. (“Spire”) (NYSE: SPIR), a leading global provider of space-based data, analytics, and space services, to launch a test of Kepler’s ÆTHER network. This will serve as an initial test bed for Kepler’s ÆTHER service and will also help Spire evaluate how the technology can support its goal to collect accurate, timely and global data.

Announced at Satellite 2021, ÆTHER is the fulfilment of Kepler’s mission to enable the space economy by delivering the infrastructure for always-on, real-time connectivity to space-based assets. With ÆTHER, Kepler will solve one of the key challenges facing low earth orbit missions, which is limited connectivity with Earth, by relaying data through the ÆTHER network. Without an always-on, real-time communications link, operators must wait until the satellite is above a ground station to learn about the health of the asset, confirm satellite location, or identify anomalous behavior. In addition, the value of the data collected by satellites diminishes with time until it eventually reaches Earth. By providing an always on, real-time link to satellites, Kepler’s ÆTHER service delivers an important new service to the space community, while opening a new market for Kepler’s satellite technology.


Former Blue Origin Senior VP Stephen Bennett Joins Kepler Communications as COO

TORONTO, September 14, 2021 (Kepler Communications PR) — Space company Kepler Communications announced today that Stephen (Steve) Bennett will be joining the Kepler Team as Chief Operating Officer effective September 20th, to contribute his expertise to accelerating Kepler’s next phase of growth.

This key executive hire follows closely behind Kepler’s successful Series B round, announced in June 2021. At that time, Kepler announced that the funding would advance the company mission of delivering connectivity to other satellites and on-orbit assets, specifically identifying the start of Kepler’s GEN2 satellite program. The formation of a second international subsidiary, Kepler Communications US Inc, was also highlighted.


Kepler Communications Raises Oversubscribed $60M Series B for Satellite Communications Network

TORONTO, ONTARIO, June 9th, 2021 (Kepler Communications PR) — Space company Kepler Communications has raised an oversubscribed US$60M Series B to provide it with a capital injection for the continued scaling of its on-orbit satellite communications network.

This Series B fundraising round, was led by Tribe Capital, and includes participation from a host of new investors including Canaan Partners. Existing investors including IA Ventures, and Costanoa Ventures also participated signaling their strong conviction in the company’s progress and market opportunity. This brings the total funding raised to date by Kepler to over USD$90M.


Kepler Communications Announces Successful Launch of 8 New GEN1 Satellites

GEN1 satellite (Credit: Kepler Communications)

TORONTO, January 24th, 2021 (Kepler Communications PR) – Kepler Communications welcomed eight new satellites into their constellation today, further expanding the active constellation to 13 satellites in total. These eight satellites, KEPLER-8 through KEPLER-15, were successfully launched via SpaceX’s first dedicated SmallSat Rideshare Program mission at approximately 10:00 AM EDT this morning. Once fully operational within the constellation these will significantly increase the capacity of Kepler’s Global Data Services offering.