FCC Blasts Startup for Launching Rogue Miniature SpaceBEE Satellites without Approval By Phil Baker March 13, 2018 chat 145 comments Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)'s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle blasts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh Friday, June 23, 2017. (AP Photo) A Silicon Valley startup is in big trouble with the FCC for launching four of its satellites without permission. Swarm Technology of Mountain View, Calif., has been developing its ultra-small satellites, called SpaceBEEs, designed to provide a network for the Internet of Things (IoT) devices in our homes and cars. The company was founded in 2016 by ex-Google engineer Sara Spangelo and another man who sold his company to Apple. The company and its activities have been in stealth mode until now, but in applications for grants, it claims that its worldwide network technologies offer a much lower cost solution with wide applications.