01 February 2022

Kinéis included in the French Tech Next40 program for the second year running!

Kinéis has once again been recognized as one of the 40 most promising French start-ups. In 2020, Kinéis raised an historic €100 million from French investors to finance its constellation of nanosatellites dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT). Since its first selection for the French Tech Next 40 program, Kinéis has continue to grow and has opened a subsidiary in Washington. Operators such as Orange, Deutsche Telekom and UnaBiz in Singapore rely on its expertise and experience to develop their global satellite-connectivity strategies. As for the development, Kinéis has passed major milestones in manufacturing the 25 nanosatellites to be launched into orbit by New Zealand’s Rocket Lab launch vehicle in 18 months’ time, and has begun to deploy its ground segment infrastructure.
Kinéis continues to emulate the dynamic French industrial nanosatellite sector by participating in research projects such as the RF Space Lab with Loft Orbital and Ternwaves, as well as in the Eurostars program at the European level.

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The young start-up based in Toulouse, which now has nearly 60 employees, has geared up to meet the expectations of its partners, notably CLS, CNES, Bpifrance, via the Sociétés de Projets Industriels (SPI) fund, financed by the Programme d’Investissements d’avenir (investment program for the future) and the European Investment Bank, Ifremer, Thalès, CELAD, BNP Paribas Développement and HEMERIA. The raison d’être for these partnerships is that satellite IoT provides a whole new opportunity to connect fixed and mobile objects around the globe. In sectors such as transport and logistics, networks, infrastructures and agriculture, satellites overcome the limited coverage and discontinuity of terrestrial networks. With seven satellites already in orbit and 25 more next year, Kinéis offers low-throughput, low-power connectivity, the interest and principle of which have been proven for several decades now.

Kinéis is also accelerating its development in the United States, with the opening of a subsidiary and the obtaining of local radio frequency licenses, which are highly prized by telecom operators.

Many new-generation terminals are already in use for multimodal transport, extensive agriculture, telemetry, earth-moving construction machinery or forest fire detection. Global satellite connectivity is the natural complement to traditional ground-based IoT networks. A single hybrid terminal receiving data on the same platform in the same format offers users a completely seamless combination. Its recent partnerships with terrestrial network operators such as Orange, Deutsche Telekom or UnaBiz in Singapore are a good sign for future large-scale deployments.

At the forefront of innovation, Kinéis’ highly reliable and continuous connectivity around the world actively contributes to major research and development projects. The RF Space Lab, an in-orbit radio frequency laboratory created with Loft Orbital and TernWaves as part of the national space plan, aims to facilitate access to Space through an agile and shared strategy. Kinéis’ satellite IoT is also involved in two European projects that are part of the Eurostars program.

The 25 nanosatellites of the future constellation are now being manufactured in preparation for their launch next year by Rocket Lab from New Zealand. Spread over five launches, the entire constellation will be deployed and the full operational service commissioned in just a few months. The ground infrastructure is following the same steady pace of development, with the first satellite dish already installed and strategic high-latitude sites secured. ANGELS, the first French industrial nanosatellite produced by the same technical team, has just seen its nominal operational life doubled, which bodes well for the constellation.