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June 30, 2021

from the European Space Agency

Quantum was developed as part of an ESA partnership project and over its 15-year lifespan will be able to respond to changing demands on earth and provide data, communication and entertainment exactly where and when it is desired becomes.

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Instead of sending fixed rays to earth, Quantum lets people choose where to direct their rays. These can move in virtual real time to inform passengers on board of moving aircraft or ships. In addition, the beams can be adjusted at the push of a button, so that more data is delivered when there is peaks in demand.

The satellite was developed for the platform by ESA with the operator Eutelsat and the satellite manufacturer Airbus as the main manufacturer and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.

ESA partnership projects bundle European industry into large-scale programs and develop innovative top-quality solutions in partnership with private or public operators. They support end-to-end space systems from launch to validation in orbit. The trading partners then operate the system.

On June 29, the satellite made its last trip to Earth before launching into space. It was loaded onto an Antonov cargo plane and flown from Toulouse, France to Félix Eboué Airport in Cayenne, French Guiana, and then transported by road to the European spaceport.

Quantum will become a geostationary aboard an Ariane 5 this summer Start transfer orbit, from where it will move further into geostationary orbit about 36,000 kilometers above the earth.

François Gaullier, Head of Telecom Systems at Airbus, said: “The technology that we are developing and developing for Eutelsat Quantum is truly groundbreaking and paving the way for fully reconfigurable geostationary telecommunications satellites. Our experience as pioneers of this revolutionary technology shows the value of partnerships. « —We are bringing the best of Eutelsat, ESA and Airbus together to achieve a new standard for flexible connectivity. »

Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications at ESA, said, « Investing in space improves life on earth by creating quality jobs in the space industry and fostering new innovations while driving commercialization for a green and digital Europe. »

The Ariane -5 rocket is operated by Arianespace at the European spaceport. It is capable of moving payloads weighing more than 10 tons in geostationary transfer orbit and over 20 tons in low earth orbit. Its performance perfectly complements that of Europe’s light lift Launch vehicle Vega and Soyuz.

Europe’s next generation of the Ariane 6 rocket will someday be the Replace Ariane 5. It is available in two versions and will be able to complete a wide variety of missions in any orbit.

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