Kubos Corp. Announces $1.65 Funding Round

The company will use the funding to hire more engineers and expand its platform.


Denton-based Kubos Corp. announced Thursday that it has closed $1.65 million in new funding that will help it hire more employees and expand its platform. The round brings Kubos’ total funding to more than $2.4 million.

Included in this round is Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper of Draper Associates, as well as Draper Dragon, GGV Capital, Autochrome Ventures, and a previous investor, Entrenext Ventures.

Kubos provides an open source, integrated platform that is built to run on any satellite subsystem.


Co-founder and CEO Marshall Culpepper said the company will use the funding to hire engineers, sign additional manufacturer distribution deals, get involved in more traditional satellite missions, and expand the company’s platform.

Culpepper said the products are Kubos Hopper, a first-of-its kind cloud-based satellite hardware testing service, and the Kubos Major Tom, a new cloud-based mission operations and data analytics service.

The Kubos HopperHW. [ Photo: Courtesy of Kubos ]

Culpepper wrote in a blog about Kubos and the new funding round. 

“In the year that’s passed, KubOS RT and KubOS Linux have built an open source community of nearly 200 engineers, and are now being distributed by 3 nano-satellite manufacturers to new customers,” Culpepper wrote. “This should sound familiar to you, because it’s exactly the approach Microsoft used in the early PC industry, and Google used in the Mobile industry.”


Kubos founders Jesse Hamner, Marshall Culpepper, and Tyler Browder.  [ Photo: Courtesy of Kubos ]

“Think of us as the Microsoft of the satellite industry,” said Marshall Culpepper, Kubos co-founder in an interview on DigitalDallas.com. “When you buy a PC, it usually comes with Windows preinstalled. Our goal is to be the same thing for satellites. We’re looking to get our KubOS software preinstalled on every satellite that’s launched into orbit.” [ Photo: Courtesy of Kubos ]

The Kubos team in the clean room. [ Photo: Courtesy of Kubos ]

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