It took two years of work for Toronto-based Kepler Communications to win FCC approval earlier this year to sell its Ku-band cubesat communications and data-relay services in the U.S., using up to 140 spacecraft in low Earth orbit (LEO). Kepler had just closed a $16 million Series A investment round and was set to launch a second demonstration satellite. But a dark cloud loomed. The week before the FCC met to approve Kepler’s constellation design, SpaceX submitted a request to ...

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