Quantum to be launched

Media are invited to a virtual press event on Tuesday, 13 July 2021, to learn more about the anticipated launch of Quantum. During this virtual press event, representatives of the media will have the opportunity to hear the latest news on the satellite and its launch, and will be able to ask questions.

On 27 July, Quantum will launch on board an Ariane 5 from the European Space Port in Kourou, French Guiana.

Quantum is a sophisticated commercial satellite that is capable of being reprogrammed after launch. It will be able to respond to changing demands on Earth during its 15-year lifetime, providing data, communications and entertainment exactly where and when it is wanted. Rather than broadcast to Earth with fixed beams, Quantum will let people choose where to point their beams. These can move in virtual real time to provide information to passengers on-board moving planes or ships. The beams can also be adjusted at the push of a button, so that more data is delivered when demand surges.

The satellite was developed under an ESA Partnership project with operator Eutelsat and satellite manufacturers Airbus as the prime manufacturer and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd for the platform.


Date: Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Time: 14:30-15:30 CEST


  • Josef Aschbacher, Director General, ESA
  • Paul Gidney, Head of Payload Products at Airbus Space UK
  • Frédéric Piro, Eutelsat Quantum Programme Manager, Eutelsat
  • Ben Stocker, Projects Director, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
  • Graham Turnock, Chief Executive, UK Space Agency
  • Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, ESA

The event will be moderated by Ninja Menning, Head of ESA’s Newsroom and Media Relations.

Media registration

Journalists are invited to register by Monday 12 July 2021 via https://blogs.esa.int/forms/esa-media-briefing-form/

Registered media will receive an email with details on how to join. The briefing will be in English.

This event will also be streamed for the public at esawebtv.esa.int , but only registered media will be able to ask questions.

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