The Quantum model is 3.5 tonne with eight communication beams, each of which can be modified to change its coverage area and the power of the telecommunications signal it emits.
This satellite will be part of the payload for an Ariane 5 rocket. The reason behind its production was to control it in orbit when it’s positioned. Unlike other satellites, which are ‘hard-wired to Earth, this is a revolutionary design for 15 long years of magnificent performance on the fingertips of the customers.
The Quantum can be programmed when orbiting in a fixed position 35,000 kilometers (22,000 miles) above the Earth. It can respond to data change and transmission during its 15 years lifetime.
The Quantum is to be operated by Paris-based Eutelsat, and the rocket will also deploy a conventional satellite for Brazil’s Embratel.
According to Eutelsat, using software made available to customers, these changes can be made “in a matter of minutes,” according to Eutelsat.
‘The satellite can be used to provide mobile coverage for moving objects such as aircraft or oceangoing vessels, or to provide coverage after a natural disaster or for one-off events.’
‘And at a time of growing concern over digital security — as well as the possible weaponising of space — Quantum is able to pinpoint the origin of signals “emitted with or without malicious intent” and take action to remedy the interference,’ as stated by Eutelsat.