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Eutelsat announces successful launch of full software-defined satellite

Built by Airbus Defence and Space, Eutelsat QUANTUM’s in-orbit reprogrammable features are claimed to set a new standard in flexibility that the operator assures will enable users, notably in the government and mobility markets, to actively define and shape performance and reach thanks to its software-based design. Furthermore, Eutelsat said QUANTUM will supply services with what it called unprecedented in-orbit reconfigurability in coverage, frequency and power, allowing complete mission rehaul, at any orbital position. Initially, Eutelsat QUANTUM will be located at 48° East, and due to enter service during the fourth quarter of calendar 2021, will offer coverage of the MENA region and beyond.

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The craft was successfully launched into geostationary tTransfer orbit by Arianespace using an Ariane 5 rocket that lifted off from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, at 21:00 Universal Time on July 30. The separation occurred after a 37-minute flight and the spacecraft systems checkout was then successfully completed over a period of approximately three hours.

ESA and the UK Space Agency supported the development of the core technologies integrated into Eutelsat QUANTUM, within the framework of a public-private partnership between ESA, Eutelsat and Airbus Defence and Space.

In the satellite firm’s full year results, Eutelsat reported total revenues of €1.234 billion, down 3.5% on an annual basis, with operating income of €347.2 million, tumbling 29.2% compared with the previous financial year. Operating vertical revenues were €1.201 billion, down 5.9% annually. Of these, broadcast revenues continued their lower orbit, descending 5.6% compared with the last financial year to total €741 million. Rapid TV News

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