Akash Systems, Inc., a company focused on enabling smarter and lighter satellite systems, announced that it has raised $3.1 million and closed its seed round funding. The seed funding round was Led by Khosla Ventures and also included Social Capital, Data Collective, Ruvento Ventures, Sriram Krishnan, and Backstage Capital. The company plans to use the funding for further development of the next generation of small satellites and the components that power them.
Akash Co-founder, CEO and GaN-on-Diamond Inventor Felix Ejeckam stated, “We have the technology and innovation to look beyond current satellite systems in order to enable the design of small satellite (Cubesat) systems and subsystems in the very near future.”
Akash Uses GaN-on-Diamond Technology
The San Francisco-based company wants to transform the future of fast, affordable satellite communications utilizing gallium nitride (GaN)-on-Diamond technology. Akash says its patented GaN-on-Diamond science can enable smaller, lighter and higher performing satellites that will lead to lower launch costs, reduced cost-per-bit, more launch cycles, and will also result in increased communications access and throughput.
According to Akash, phase one of their plan begins with the use of the company’s GaN-on-Diamond MMIC Power Amplifiers that are already on the market. The company intends to move onto phase two of the project, which will consist of working with satellite system makers to design small satellite (Cubesat) systems and their transmitters by 2019.
“Technology is all around us, and the constant use of communication strains our satellite infrastructure more each year,” said Sven Strohband, a partner at Khosla Ventures. “Akash Systems is here to revolutionize satellite communications by creating high-performance components to get ahead of current satellite limitations such as heat generation and efficient cooling.”