(30 June 2021)
The Airbus built Eutelsat Quantum satellite has been
shipped from the Airbus Defence and Space facilities in Toulouse
to Kourou, French Guiana, ready for launch at the end of July on
an Ariane 5.
The Eutelsat Quantum satellite will supply services with
unprecedented in-orbit reconfigurability in coverage, frequency
and power, allowing complete mission rehaul, at any orbital
Using a software-based design, Eutelsat Quantum
will be the first universal satellite to repeatedly adjust to
business requirements. It will be located at 48° East, and will
offer extensive coverage of the MENA Region (Middle East & North
Africa) and beyond allowing it to cover any area requested by the
customer anytime during its life in orbit.
François Gaullier, Head of Telecom Systems at
Airbus, said, “The technology we have developed and built for
Eutelsat Quantum is truly game changing – paving the way to fully
reconfigurable geo telecommunications satellites. Our experience
in pioneering this revolutionary technology demonstrates the value
of partnerships – bringing together the best from Eutelsat, ESA
and Airbus to achieve a new standard in flexible connectivity.”
Eutelsat Quantum has been developed under an ESA
Partnership Project with Airbus and Eutelsat.
Two features of the partnership were the development of the
unique payload designed and built by Airbus in the UK under the
ESA programme of Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems
(ARTES) and supported by the UK Space Agency, and the very
innovative, multibeam active antenna payload ELSA+ (ELectronically
Steerable Antenna+) developed by Airbus in Spain.
The ground breaking payload is embarked on the
new geo satellite platform from Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
The satellite will provide communications on the
move with dynamic beam shaping and vessel-tracking capabilities,
optimised for power and throughput as required by maritime,
aeronautical and land-based transportation.
It will also enable bespoke design of wide-area
data networks and dynamic traffic shaping, responding to demand
where and when needed.
The mass of the satellite at launch is 3.5 tonnes
and its design lifetime is 15 years.
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