The Airbus-built EUTELSAT QUANTUM satellite was sent from Airbus Defense and Space facilities in Toulouse to Kourou, French Guiana, and was ready for launch with Ariane 5 at the end of July.
Offering very high customization and flexibility, the EUTELSAT QUANTUM satellite stands out as a revolutionary step for commercial satellites. The satellite has unprecedented capability in terms of coverage; highly flexible power can adapt the flexibility change to any orbital position.
Using a software-based design, EUTELSAT QUANTUM will be the first universal satellite to repeatedly adapt to business needs. Located at 48° East, it will offer extensive coverage across the MENA Region (Middle East and North Africa) and beyond, and will recognize any customer desired area as coverage during its lifetime in orbit.
“The technology we have developed and built for EUTELSAT QUANTUM is truly game-changing and paving the way for fully reconfigurable geotelecommunications satellites,” said François Gaullier, Head of Airbus Telecom Systems. Our experience in pioneering this revolutionary technology demonstrates the value of Eutelsat, ESA and Airbus' partnership bringing together the best to set a new standard in flexible connectivity.” said.
EUTELSAT QUANTUM was developed as part of an ESA Partnership Project with Airbus and Eutelsat
The very innovative multi-beam active antenna payload ELSA+ (Electronic Steerable Antenna+) designed and built by Airbus in the UK under the ESA Advanced programme, supported by the UK Space Agency for research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) and by Airbus in Spain. was development.
Bringing the industry together around large-scale programs to realize breakthroughs in cutting-edge technology, two features of this partnership are the unique payload designed and built by Airbus in the UK as part of ESA Advanced Research Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) and supported by the UK Space Agency, Spain. It was the development of the very innovative multi-beam active antenna payload ELSA+ (Electronic Steerable Antenna+) developed by Airbus in . This program positions Airbus in Spain as one of the leaders in Europe for active antennas and contributes to the next generation of antennas for future programmes.
This groundbreaking payload has been launched on Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd's (UK) new geosatellite platform
Satellite; It will provide on-the-go communication with dynamic beamforming and ship tracking capabilities optimized for the power and efficiency required by sea, air and land-based transportation. In addition, it will respond to demand wherever and whenever it is needed by providing dynamic traffic shaping and customer-oriented design of wide-area data networks. In addition, the Government will provide its users with secure control using the latest encryption technology as well as rapid response for public protection and disaster recovery.
The mass of the satellite at launch will be 3,5 tons and the design life will be 15 years.