Rob Spurrett Lacuna Space

Rob Spurrett



The coverage of The Things Network continues to grow impressively. But there likely will always be gaps in coverage between the cities and in remote places on the Earth. Lacuna Space is flying gateways on satellites to fill in the voids, enabling monitoring in remote locations or tracking of mobile ‘things’, no matter where they are.

We will describe the recent advances in satellite technology that have made this economically feasible, and also describe the technical challenges to be overcome, for example: establishing links over hundreds of kilometres and Doppler effects.

We will describe the results from experiments with our first satellite and also the trials that we will be performing later this year once the next three satellites are in-orbit.


About Rob

Rob is a space industry veteran, having worked on satellites and space technology for over thirty years. His original specialisation was thermo-fluid dynamics where he worked on satellite propulsion systems and rockets for hypersonic launch vehicles.

More recently he worked on many telecommunications satellite systems and also the space-based ship tracking system known as AIS. He co-founded Lacuna Space with Thomas Telkamp who brings a vast knowledge of Internet of Things technology and LoRa® devices as well as LoRaWAN® protocol™ in particular.

Lacuna’s first demonstration satellite launched earlier this year, and there are three more satellites that will follow before the end of the year.

Contact him at LinkedIn or @lacuna_space