The antenna that will enable the full reconfiguration in orbit of a commercial telecommunications satellite is about to be integrated onto Quantum, a satellite which will change the way that satellite communication is performed.
Konnect, the first Spacebus Neo satellite built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor on behalf of operator Eutelsat, has completed its tests and is ready to be shipped to its launch site in French Guiana.
Within ESA’s Eurostar Neo Partnership Project, RUAG Space (Sweden) has developed and qualified an RF Centralized Power Supply Unit (RFCPSU), in order to supply a high number of RF equipment like LNA’s and Converters with power, without the need for secondary power conversion at each load.
The world space market is undergoing a deep transformation fuelled by the digitalisation of the economy and society. At the same time, many governments recognise the growing strategic importance of space.
Environmental testing at system level of complete spacecrafts requires several hundreds of sensors both for mechanical and thermal-vacuum testing. Wireless sensors provide a competitive solution to avoid buying, assembling, installing and in the end, withdrawing hundreds of cables.
The Quantum satellite – Europe’s reprogrammable telecommunications satellite – built through an ESA Partnership Project with its operator Eutelsat successfully completed thermal vacuum testing on 28 September.