U-M alum expands new global communications network

By | October 16, 2020
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rendering of Swarm satellites in space
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U-M alum Sara Spangelo, co-founder and CEO of Swarm, is establishing the world’s lowest-cost global communications network for customers in remote locations by using breakthrough satellite and ground hardware technology.

In September, Swarm launched its first 12 commercial satellites from the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou, French Guiana. This set of 12 satellites joins Swarm’s existing nine experimental satellites. The company plans to reach its full constellation of 150 commercial satellites by 2021.

“This is a major milestone for Swarm as we now have our first commercial satellites in space,” says Spangelo. “We will begin supporting customers with data connectivity very soon, allowing them to expand their reach at an unprecedented scale.”