History of Swarm

We built Swarm after hearing from hundreds of people who wanted connectivity but couldn’t access or afford it. By providing affordable satellite communications services to people and devices in remote regions, Swarm is making data accessible to everyone, everywhere on Earth.

Satellites & the IoT industry

Today, nearly 90% of the Earth’s surface does not have cell or WiFi connectivity. 75 billion IoT devices are expected to come online by 2025, many in areas without cell or WiFi infrastructure, leaving satellite connectivity as the only option. But the satellite data market traditionally suffers from costly data services, expensive and large hardware, and a painful customer experience. Swarm is disrupting the satellite communications industry with affordable, easy-to-use products.

How Swarm works

Our uniquely small satellites allow us to operate the world’s lowest cost two-way satellite communications network. With low prices, global coverage, and easy-to-use hardware, Swarm is able to deliver maximum value across a range of industries and use cases.

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Meet the founders

Based in Mountain View, California, Swarm’s team of scientists, engineers, and operators are building the world’s most affordable satellite network

Dr. Sara Spangelo

Co-founder and CEO

Dr. Sara Spangelo worked on small satellites and autonomous aircraft at the University of Michigan and was a lead systems engineer at both NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and Google X. Her expertise is in modeling and optimizing satellite constellations to maximize impact and business opportunities. Sara holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and in 2017 was a Top 32 Canadian astronaut candidate.

Dr. Ben Longmier

Co-founder and CTO

Dr. Ben Longmier was previously the Founder and CEO of Aether Industries (acquired by Apple in 2015). While at Apple, Ben led an Aerospace R&D effort for several company objectives. Prior to working at Apple, Ben was a tenure track Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan. Ben holds a PhD in Engineering Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA-JSC.

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