UbiquitiLink wins $5.2M boost for satellite network

UbiquitiLink’s system would allow users of mobile devices to connect using either ground-based or space-based networks. (UbiquitiLink Illustration)

Virginia-based UbiquitiLink says it has raised another $5.2 million in seed funding for a network that aims to provide satellite connectivity for standard mobile devices.

The latest investments from Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund and Blazar Ventures bring UbiquitiLink’s total funding to $12 million. UbiquitiLink says the added cash will accelerate development of the company’s commercial service with a series of five orbital test flights.

In an interview, UbiquitiLink co-founder and CEO Charles Miller said he expects the initial “killer app” will be text messaging.

“Our vision is that never again should somebody die because they have a phone in their pocket but they’re disconnected,” he told GeekWire. “You should always be connected if you want to be. That day will be here soon.”

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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