C-COM Satellite Systems and Kepler Communications, a pioneering nano-satellite telecommunications company, have announced the successful integration of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite tracking capabilities to C-COM’s highly successful FLY-981.
This comes at the substantial completion of a development project that C-COM and Kepler have been collaborating on in recent months, with C-COM’s engineering team developing the necessary capabilities and Kepler providing access to their LEO satellites. During the store & forward tests, C-COM's FLY-981 antenna was demonstrated to successfully acquire and track Kepler’s satellites on a repeatable basis and achieved data transfer speeds of 100Mbps down and 30Mbps up.
For C-COM, this represents the capability of adding Low Earth Orbit satellite communications as an additional service to existing and future customers of C-COM auto-acquire satellite dishes. For Kepler, the addition of the FLY-981 as an approved satellite dish solution expands the potential users beyond maritime applications, to land-based applications such as natural resource exploration and extraction, remote research bases, and other activities where portability and reliability are key considerations.
The FLY-981 is the Ku-band version in the C-COM auto-acquire line-up. A 98 cm satellite antenna system which is a highly portable, the FLY-981 can be assembled in 10 minutes by one person, without any tools, and is available with airline-checkable cases, making it the terminal of choice in various industries such as Oil & Gas Exploration, Military Communications, Disaster Management, and the Public Sector.
Kepler’s Global Data Service, currently enabled by Kepler’s first two satellites in orbit, is a high-capacity data communication service. Covering every part of the globe, pole-to-pole, GDS allows the movement of Gigabytes of data to and from the user’s location at economical rates. The store-and-forward nature of the solution makes it suitable for latent-tolerable data such as media vaults, information generated by operations such as drilling data for the oil and gas industry, and backhaul of data repositories.
“For C-COM, this test with Kepler Communications LEO nano-satellites opens up new developing markets for our extensive worldwide reseller base,” said Leslie Klein, President and CEO of C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. “The store and forward data delivery services offered by Kepler’s LEO constellations using our iNetVu mobile antenna system’s Low Earth Orbit option will provide customers with a unique, cost-effective large data transfer capability,” Klein continued.
“For Kepler, the addition of the C-COM FLY-981 as an approved satellite antenna solution expands the potential user base beyond maritime applications, to land-based mobile/transportable applications such as natural resource exploration and extraction, remote research bases, disaster management, defense, and many other vertical markets requiring high-capacity connectivity where portability and reliability are key considerations,” said Mina Mitry, CEO of Kepler Communications.
C-COM and Kepler will be continuing their collaboration on future projects that will increase the accessibility of LEO satellite communications, and in turn, increases the data services that users of C-COM’s satellite systems are able to utilize.