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World-first chameleon satellite leaving native British shores

9 Jan 2019, 07:26 UTC
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The last component of British-built chameleon satellite, Eutelsat Quantum, is getting ready to leave home for good.

The final piece of equipment is part of the new SSTL platform; the chassis that provides a payload with structure, power and the ability to propel itself through space.

Representing a major first for the company, the platform weighs in at just over 1 tonne, which is an order of magnitude bigger than any other satellite they have built in the past.

The new technologies aboard – the home-grown structure, momentum wheels and gyros – contribute to the platform enabling SSTL to enter the global geostationary satellite market.

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