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Jul 13 2015

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Not sure this is new, but OK

All Set To Revolutionize The Telecoms Market… ESA, Eutelsat + Airbus Defence & Space Sign On For New Satellite Design.

For the first time, it will enable users to request the performance and flexibility they need in terms of coverage, bandwidth, power and frequency. The satellites developed under the Quantum umbrella will be cheaper and quicker to build compared to current methods by using generic subsystems and equipment, enabling larger-scale production and more efficient control of stock.

Quantum will also be able to completely transform in orbit. Once in space, the chameleon-like satellite can adapt to new commands in coverage, frequency band, power use and even change its orbital position. This will make it the first generation of universal satellites able to serve any region of the world and adjust to new business without the user needing to buy and launch an entirely new satellite. This ability to mirror or complement another satellite anywhere in geostationary orbit will transform fleet management and result in a significantly more efficient use of resources.

I’d be interested in how they intend to handle comms from the UHF spectrum to the X-band using the same comms payload. I suppose phased array antenna(e) *may* work, but they comes with gain and power trade-offs. I do like the idea, but the devil is in the details, as they say.

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