The Ariane 5 launch vehicle successfully launched two satellites into a geostationary transfer orbit – the reprogrammable European Eutelsat Quantum and the Brazilian Star One D2. This was announced on Saturday, July 31, by the French operator Arianespace, confirming the withdrawal of the devices.
The report specifies that the launch of the rocket was reproduced from the Kourou cosmodrome, located in French Guiana on Saturday, 00:00 Moscow time. After about 30 minutes, two satellites were separated from the carrier and launched into orbit.
The European satellite is considered the world’s first reprogrammable commercial vehicle. The uniqueness of the model brings the functionality of communication satellites to a new level: now the devices will be able to coordinate with the tasks of operators through software control. The Eutelsat Quantum receiving antenna capabilities also allow the operator to re-tune the RF beams in the coverage area, allowing for flexibility in multimedia and broadcast services.
The technology complements a new generation of fully digital payloads that provide a high level of customization and flexibility.
Eutelsat Quantum is expected to operate for about 15 years. The satellite was developed by the European Space Agency, Eutelsat operator and Airbus Defense and Space.
The Brazilian satellite Star One D2 was produced by the United States company Maxar for the Brazilian operator Embratel. The apparatus is aimed at expanding access to broadband Internet and telecommunication services in selected regions of Central South America.
“The sixth launch of Arianespace in 2021 with Ariane 5 will put the satellite passengers into a geostationary transfer orbit. The launcher will carry a full payload of approximately 10,515 kg, ”reads the message posted on website French company.
Earlier, on July 10, it became known about the successful launch by China of a new sensing satellite Zhongzi-02, which entered orbit using a CZ-6 rocket from the Taiyuan cosmodrome, located in the Chinese province of Shanxi.