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N° 3–2018: Call for Media: Tour of the first ‘chameleon’ satellite

16 February 2018

Media are invited to a guided tour in the Portsmouth cleanrooms of Airbus in the company of ESA astronaut Tim Peake, on Monday 26 February to see Eutelsat Quantum, a pioneering mission in space telecommunications.

Eutelsat Quantum is the first commercial satellite to be fully reconfigurable in orbit. For the first time, users will be able to adapt the satellite’s coverage, bandwidth, power and frequency while it is in space, to match the changing requirements on Earth.

Eutelsat Quantum is a public–private partnership (PPP) between satellite operator Eutelsat, ESA and Airbus (GB), with strong financial backing from the UK. The satellite is being built in Guilford and Portsmouth, UK. Due for launch in 2019, it will soon leave the UK to continue assembly, integration and testing at Airbus in Toulouse.

Doors open at 12:00 GMT. At 13:30 GMT Airbus, UK Space Agency, Eutelsat and ESA senior representatives will provide a short introduction to the project and its global context. A guided tour of the cleanrooms will follow in the presence of Tim Peake. The event will end at 15:30 GMT after a question and answer session.

Please contact to register your interest in attending the event in person, or to interview ESA, UK Space Agency, Eutelsat or Airbus representatives by telephone.



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