The world’s first commercial re-programmable Satellite Eutelsat Quantum has been launched for space. The satellite left French Guiana with an Ariana 5 rocket on July 30, 2021. The launch of this satellite would fulfill the aspirations of people for more flexible communications.
Posting a photo of the Eutelsat Quantum satellite on its official social media handle, the European Space Agency (ESA) said that it is the first commercial fully flexible software-defined satellite in the world”.
The satellite was placed in orbit around half an hour after its launch from French Guiana.
“Eutelsat Quantum, developed under an ESA partnership project with satellite operator Eutelsat and prime manufacturer Airbus, is the first commercial fully flexible software-defined satellite in the world,” the ESA said in an official release.
“Because it can be reprogrammed in orbit, it can respond to changing demands for data transmission and secure communications during its 15-year lifetime. Its beams can be redirected to move in almost real-time to provide information to passengers onboard moving ships or planes,” the space agency added.