Skyfi’s smart satellite antennas to take on Google’s internet balloons, bags 3 million

Skyfi’s smart satellite antennas to take on Google’s internet balloons, bags 3 million

Skyfi has bagged $3 million in fund round headed by Jerusalam Venture Partners which is country’s most successful venture capital funds and stated to have signed letters of intent to sell antennas to global players like Spacecom and Lockheed Martin.

Israeli startup Skyfi look to outflank Facebook and Google in a race to offer global internet access by developing the first self correcting antennas which can turn mini satellites into powerful transmitters covering the globe.

Both Facebook and Google are working on their own ways to beam Internet access from sky to remote areas, Google with high flying balloons and Facebook with drone and larger combination, more complex satellites.

Skyfi on the other hand would be taking an orbating cluster of 60 miniatures, or Nano, satellites each related to size of shoe box to offer full coverage of earth, said Raz Itzhaki Tamir, veteran of Israeli aerospace industry who co-founded Skyfi.

The way he hopes to do it by making use of parachute like antennas in deploying once in space. The antenna can then mechanically adjust itself for imperfections in transmitter surface, allowing a stronger signal to pass and even alter its direction.

There are two major hurdles which have limited satellite operators for years. While the company says it has proof of concepts, the technology has yet to be proven in space.

New satellites will be launched into space in the coming decades and they shall be using technology from Israel.

“This type of solution will conquer the market, because it addresses some of the most serious and bothersome issues for satellite operators,” said David Pollack, Spacecom’s chief executive.