Recently, the European Space Agency (ESA) launched the world’s first commercial fully re-programmable satellite. Read the story to know more.
Crux of the Matter
The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the Eutelsat Quantum, the world’s first commercial fully re-programmable satellite.
It took off from French Guiana on board an Ariane 5 rocket and was placed in orbit some 36 minutes later. It was manufactured in collaboration with satellite operator Eutelsat and prime manufacturer Airbus.
Eutelsat Quantum is based on a software that will allow to change the communications needs in real-time, unlike conventional models that are designed and “hard-wired” on Earth and cannot be changed in orbit.
When a satellite is launched, demand and markets can change over time. A satellite that is not ‘fixed’ and can adapt to customers gives us better prospects.Elodie Viau, Agency’s Telecommunications and Applications Director
- The first satellite launched by NASA was Pioneer 1. The satellite was launched on October 10,1958.