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Kepler expands ‘Internet of Things’ to space

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.

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