An advanced telecom satellite that can be totally repurposed while in area has actually introduced.
Developed under an ESA Partnership Project with satellite operator Eutelsat and prime producer Airbus, Eutelsat Quantum has actually originated a brand-new generation of satellites with the European area market.
The versatile software-defined satellite – which will be utilized by federal governments and in movement and information markets – was introduced on board an Ariane 5 on July 30, 2021, from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
It has actually given that reached geostationary orbit some 36 000 km above Earth, where the spacecraft systems checkout was effectively finished.
Because the satellite can be reprogrammed in orbit, it can react to altering needs throughout its life time.
Its beams can be rerouted to relocate nearly actual time to offer info to guests on board moving ships, airplanes, trucks, trucks and other land-based transportation. The beams likewise can be quickly gotten used to provide more information when need rises.
The satellite can identify and identify any rogue emissions, allowing it to react dynamically to unexpected disturbance or deliberate jamming.
The satellite will stay in geostationary orbit for its 15-year life expectancy, after which it will be securely positioned in a graveyard orbit far from Earth to prevent ending up being a threat to other satellites.
Eutelsat Quantum is a UK flagship job with the majority of the satellite established and produced by British market. Airbus is the prime professional and was accountable for constructing the satellite’s ingenious payload, while Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd produced the brand-new platform. The ingenious stage variety antenna was established by Airbus in Spain.
ESA Partnership Projects establish sustainable end-to-end systems, right approximately in-orbit recognition.
UK Science Minister Amanda Solloway stated: “By investing in ground-breaking international projects like this one, we are helping UK businesses transform science fiction into commercial advantage, resulting in jobs, growth, and innovation. This game-changing technology will ensure the UK continues to lead the world on telecommunications satellites and further bolster our growing space sector.”
Elodie Viau, ESA’s Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, stated: “I am proud to witness the successful launch of Eutelsat Quantum, which is the result of an ESA Partnership Project. ESA fosters innovation in the space industry in the UK and across Europe and Canada, enabling it to succeed in the highly competitive global telecommunications markets. Investing in space creates jobs and prosperity on Earth.”
Ben Stocker, Director of Projects at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), stated: “The EutelSat Quantum program provided numerous obstacles for SSTL to conquer throughout the advancement of the satellite system style, mechanical style, propulsion system and essential subsystems within the satellite platform.
“The skills and knowledge gained through successfully overcoming these challenges has enabled us to refine our engineering approach, especially for markets and applications where system reliability and availability are key requirements, and, with the continued support of the UK Space Agency and ESA, has put us in a very strong position to deliver our exciting upcoming pathfinder missions.”