Technology Successful takeoff of the Ariane 5 rocket with the latest generation of European telecommunications satellites on board

Successful takeoff of the Ariane 5 rocket with the latest generation of European telecommunications satellites on board




It will allow its customers to reconfigure the satellite in real time, from its power to its spectrum, including its frequency.

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An Ariane 5 rocket took off on Friday July 30 from Kourou, in French Guiana with Eutelsat Quantum, the latest generation of European telecommunications satellites, on board. Ariane 5 must place the satellite in a geostationary transfer orbit, at an altitude of some 35,000 km. From this point fixed in relation to the ground, it will cover for 15 years a large geographical area ranging from West Africa to Asia.

Weighing 3.5 tonnes, this European telecommunications satellite was developed in a public-private partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA), Eutelsat and Airbus Defense and Space, which ensured the construction. It is the world’s first commercial satellite said “flexible”. It will allow Eutelsat’s customers to reconfigure the satellite in real time, from its power to its spectrum through its frequency.



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