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SSTL Completes Small Geostationary Platform Build for EUTELSAT QUANTUM

11 Jan 2019, 21:39 UTC
SSTL Completes Small Geostationary Platform Build for EUTELSAT QUANTUM
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Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has completed the build of the platform for EUTELSAT QUANTUM, the world’s first geostationary telecommunications satellite that will be fully reconfigurable in orbit.The EUTELSAT QUANTUM satellite is being built under a public–private partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the satellite operator Eutelsat with Airbus as the prime contractor. On Wednesday, the satellite platform, which has been designed and manufactured by SSTL in Guildford, was on view to invited guests at a special event to mark the handover to Airbus who will complete the satellite assembly and testing in Toulouse. The EUTELSAT QUANTUM platform consists of a precision-engineered composite central thrust tube standing at 2.5 meters tall which houses a bipropellant chemical propulsion system that will enable the satellite to stay on station throughout its 15 year lifetime, and SSTL’s newly developed GEO momentum wheels and gyro which will maintain the satellite in a stable attitude and enable adjustments in the satellite’s orbital position. Sarah Parker, Managing Director of SSTL said “The completion of our work on the EUTELSAT QUANTUM satellite platform is an important milestone for SSTL as it represents our first venture into the global commercial telecoms satellite market. The design and ...

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