12:43:21 PM PDT - Wednesday, August 10th, 2022

Here’s what Swarm has been up to in the 10 months since being acquired by SpaceX  

By Editor - Fri Jul 29, 1:29 pm

It’s been nearly a year since satellite internet-of-things connectivity provider Swarm was acquired by SpaceX, and Swarm co-founder and CEO Sara Spangelo (now Senior Director of Satellite Engineering at SpaceX) is ready to talk about what Swarm’s been up to in that time. SpaceX is not known to be a super acquisitive company, so I was curious to hear about what it’s been like for Spangelo and for Swarm. Mostly, it’s been ten months of rapid acceleration, she says. One of Swarm’s biggest blockers in terms of speed of deployment and growing its network was the ability to actually launch its satellites, which themselves are tiny — the company says they’re “the smallest operational satellites in space,” at little more than the size of your average sandwich. Spangelo said that unlocking launch availability has been one of the biggest benefits of operating under the SpaceX umbrella so far. “Access to basically free launch is pretty exciting,” she told me in an interview.

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Here’s what Swarm has been up to in the 10 months since being acquired by SpaceX

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