Telling satellites what to do is expensive, complicated, and can only be done a few times a day.

Infostellar Inc. is aiming to change that by getting satellite operators to share their antennae. By connecting dishes around the world to create a single network, everyone from meteorologists to farmers can link up with satellites anytime, anywhere without waiting for one to pass overhead.

The Tokyo-based startup, which is assembling a global platform of antennae, just won its first funding round of $7.3 million (¥803 million), led by Airbus SE's venture arm.