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  • Chameleon satellite withstands extreme temperatures

    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. 

  • EDRS-C successfully launched

    The second satellite to join the constellation that forms the European Data Relay System (EDRS) has been successfully launched.

  • Pioneer satellites launched

    The latest ESA Partnership Projects mission has launched two tiny supercomputing nanosatellites aboard a Soyuz rocket from Vostochny in Russia.

  • Reprogrammable satellite takes shape

    The payload and platform of the first European satellite that can be completely reprogrammed after launch have been successfully joined together.

  • Chameleon satellite enters antenna testing stage

    The first European satellite capable of being completely reprogrammed after launch, developed in an ESA Partnership Programme, has passed another important milestone. The communications module of Eutelsat Quantum has completed its baseline payload testing at Airbus in Toulouse. 

  • Heart of ELECTRA given green light

    A key element of the ‘Electra’ all-electric satellite’s propulsion management system has passed all tests with flying colours.

  • World-First chameleon satellite leaving native british shores

    The last component of British-built chameleon satellite, Eutelsat Quantum, is getting ready to leave home for good.

  • Indigo - Connecting Colombians to the world

    Indigo project announced by the Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) as honoree of the fourth Annual Better Satellite Awards for providing reliable, affordable broadband in rural Columbia. A pilot project between Colombian Internet Service Provider Anditel and INDIGO, part of ESA’s ARTES  Partner programme, is making great strides in connecting citizens in hard-to-reach rural communities in Colombia.  

  • Open Cosmos first Space Mission Provider in ARTES Pioneer partner programme

    Open Cosmos has joined the ARTES Pioneer partner programme to become the first ESA Space Mission Provider.

  • Sapion – Space Access Provider

    The ARTES project Sapion is a public private partnership, implemented under the ARTES Partner programme, between ESA and UK small satellite service provider Open Cosmos.