Eutelsat Quantum is a pioneering mission that will influence how telecom satellites are procured and manufactured in Europe. 

More flexibility, faster and cheaper

Eutelsat Quantum is a shift from custom-designed, one-off payloads to a more generic approach, resulting in:

  • Unprecedented in-orbit reconfigurability in coverage, frequency and power, allowing complete mission rehaul, including orbital position; and 
  • Paving the way for a paradigm shift in the building of telecommunications satellites.

A better solution

  • Agility in responding to changes in geographical or performance market demand, during satellite manufacturing or after launch, and addressing emerging business opportunities;
  • More efficient use of satellite resources and customised allocation of resources to time-variant requests.

A software-defined satellite

  • A suite of powerful operational software ensures that the payload resources are used as efficiently as possible;
  • The software tool predicts, operates and manages the on-board configuration and reconfiguration of the satellite.

A European industrial product

Its main characteristics:

  • Launch: Second half of 2019
  • Satellite launch mass: 3.5 tonnes
  • Lifetime: 15 years
  • Payload power: 5.5 kW
  • Payload mass: 450 kg

Eutelsat Quantum will be implemented under a public-private partnership between ESA and satellite operator Eutelsat, and developed by a core team, managed by Eutelsat: Airbus (UK) as the satellite and payload prime, SSTL (UK) for the provision of the platform, and Airbus (Spain), Space Engineering (Italy), Norspace (Norway) and Airbus (NL) along with other industrial companies from ESA Member States for the provision of innovative sub-systems.

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