Software-defined Satellite Enters Commercial Service

Eutelsat Quantum satellite (Credit: Airbus)

PARIS (ESA PR) — Europe’s first commercial satellite capable of being completely reprogrammed while in space is now in commercial use.

Satellite operator Eutelsat has sold six of its eight beams – used for data and mobile communications – to organisations including governments and other users. It is expected that the entire satellite capacity will be sold in the coming months.

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Software-defined OneSat Ready for Production

Called “OneSat”, the design was developed in an ESA Neosat Partnership Project with satellite manufacturer Airbus, which has now sold seven different OneSats to various commercial customers. The satellites will be used to revolutionise in-flight connectivity for passengers on board planes, as well as to bridge the digital divide by connecting communities in remote areas. (Credit: Airbus)

PARIS (ESA PR) — The latest type of telecommunication satellite that can respond from space to changing demands on Earth is about to start assembly of its electronic components.

The highly flexible satellite is setting a new paradigm for geostationary telecommunication satellites, by using off-the-shelf commercial components in the standardised physical hardware and using just software to configure bespoke missions.

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