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Revolutionary satellite made of 'the stuff of science fiction' leaves UK

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Staff Writer | Thursday January 10, 2019 6:37AM ET
Britain   Up until now, telecommunications satellites were largely fixed

The first satellite capable of being completely reprogrammed after launch is leaving the UK for final assembly and testing in France.

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Up until now, telecommunications satellites were largely fixed, one off, custom machines designed for a specific use or market.

Commissioned by Eutelsat and built in Britain by Airbus and Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) in Portsmouth and Guildford, EUTELSAT QUANTUM will be able to adapt to new demands in coverage, bandwidth, power and frequency, enabling it to operate from any orbital slot depending on changing market conditions.


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