Eutelsat Quantum, which was launched by the European Space Agency on July 30, is the world?s first commercial, fully reprogrammable satellite. It was developed under the ESA partnership project with the satellite operator Eutelsat.
Eutelsat Quantum is capable of responding to changing demands for data transmission and secure communications during its 15-year lifetime. This 3.5 tonne satellite consists of 8 communications beams. Each of these beams can be modified to change the area of coverage as well as the power of the signal it emits. This enables the satellite to provide mobile coverage for moving objects like aircraft and ships.