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Boeing HorizonX Leads Investment In SatCom Firm Isotropic Systems

By | January 16, 2019

John Finney, founder of Isotropic Systems. Photo: Isotropic Systems

Boeing on Wednesday said its HorizonX venture arm has invested in Isotropic Systems, a startup that is developing satellite user terminals for low-cost broadband connectivity.

London-based Isotropic said HorizonX led a $14 million Series A funding round that includes WMLSpace Angels and Space Capital.

Isotropic is developing satellite terminals that it says cost 70 to 95 percent less than conventional phased array and flat panels and that also support at least two independent satellite links and support high-throughput satellite bandwidth capacity.

“Isotropic’s solution allows for increased capabilities at reduced costs for satellite service providers,” Brian Schettler, managing director of Boeing HorizonX Ventures, said in a statement. “This investment accelerates the expansion of space-based connectivity services to the mass market and continues Boeing’s leadership in space innovation.”

Isotropic said the investment will speed the commercialization of its technology and allow it to explore new applications in adjacent markets. On its website, Isotropic touts a number of potential customers including commercial maritime, passenger aircraft, buses, consumers, river ferries, rail, mobile backhaul, and defense.

“Boeing’s investment provides our team access to Boeing experts, testing labs, and other valuable resources to fast-track the deployment of our terminal solutions and to leverage our intellectual property across other space-based and wireless connectivity applications,” John Finney, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Isotropic, said in a statement. “With Boeing, we aim to connect individuals and enterprises on a scale that has never been seen before.”

HorizonX typically makes small investments in startups and technology innovators to help them scale up in areas aligned with market trends in aerospace. The venture arm has also invested in other satellite and space-related firms, including MyriotaBridgeSat Inc., and Accion Systems. Last April, it also invested in United Kingdom-based Reaction Engines, which is developing hypersonic propulsion technology for aircraft and rockets.