World-first chameleon satellite leaving native British shores | 1/10/2019 | Staff
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The last component of British-built chameleon satellite, Eutelsat Quantum, is getting ready to leave home for good.

The final piece of equipment is part of the new SSTL platform; the chassis that provides a payload with structure, power and the ability to propel itself through space.

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Representing a major first for the company, the platform weighs in at just over 1 tonne, which is an order of magnitude bigger than any other satellite they have built in the past.

The new technologies aboard – the home-grown structure, momentum wheels and gyros – contribute to the platform enabling SSTL to enter the global geostationary satellite market.

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It will soon travel from SSTL Guildford to join the rest of the mission's technologies in Airbus France, where it will be mated with its ground-breaking payload.

Eutelsat Quantum is the first satellite capable of being completely reprogrammed after launch.

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It is nicknamed the 'chameleon' satellite because of its software-driven approach, meaning all manner of changes can be made to the mission while it is in orbit, like adjusting the satellite's coverage, frequency, power, and even orbital position.

It marks a shift from the traditional custom-designed, one-off payloads and is a first for all parties involved.

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The telecom satellite is developed under an ARTES public–private partnership between ESA and Eutelsat, who will operate the satellite and use its flexibility to respond to the ever-evolving market much more effectively.

Yohann Leroy, Eutelsat Deputy CEO and Chief Technical Officer, said: "Eutelsat Quantum is a world-first and reflects the culmination of many years of research and evaluation driven by Eutelsat, and supported by major partners such as the ESA, the UK Space Agency, and Airbus. It will bring unprecedented agility and flexibility to our customers in the government, mobility and data markets: innovation will not only come from the ability to adjust coverages in real time in...
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