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News Brief: Toronto-based Kepler Communications says its first Ku-band telecommunications satellite is in working order after a Jan. 19 launch from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The Kipp nanosatellite, which is about the size of a loaf of bread, was one of six spacecraft delivered to orbit by a Long March 11 rocket. It’s designed to demonstrate technologies for providing in-space connectivity between spacecraft — and potentially for networks of connected devices on Earth, also known as the Internet of Things. “As the need for connectivity increases, we increase our constellation in tandem,” Kepler CEO Mina Mitry said today in a news release. Kepler graduated from the Techstars Seattle startup incubator in 2016.

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