Redmond, Washington-based Kymeta, a spin-out from Intellectual Ventures, the giant patent holding company co-founded by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, has raised $50 million in Series C financing.

Kymeta, which aims to vastly improve satellite communications through new antenna technology, is backed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Lux Capital, Liberty Global, Osage University Partners and The Kresge Foundation.

The privately-held antenna technology company designs and manufactures satellite communication antennas and systems, claiming that it is pioneering the use of patented metamaterials technology that dynamically steers antenna beams with zero moving parts.

Kymeta was granted an exclusive license from Intellectual Ventures to leverage said technology to create and commercialize satellite user terminal products, which isn’t surprising given its origins.

mtenna11 Bill Gates backed antenna technology firm Kymeta raises $50m in Series C funding

This capability, Kymeta asserts, opens “numerous new opportunities in the satellite industry” to provide new broadband mobile services and highly-flexible portable and fixed services to a wide range of applications.

According to Josh Wolfe, managing partner at Lux Capital and a Kymeta board member,the company has entered into commercial development agreements with several of the satellite industry’s leading service providers over the past few months.

In addition to the big funding round, the company announced several promotions to its senior leadership team, including the appointment of Bob McCambridge as president and COO. Co-founder Dr. Nathan Kundtz was promoted to EVP and CTO, and John Schilling to EVP and CFO.

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