Launch of pioneering software-defined Eutelsat Quantum satellite slips a year, to late 2020

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Eutelsat’s Quantum, the first European software-defined satellite and the first geostationary-orbit platform from Airbus’s Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL), is not expected to launch before the second half of 2020 — a year behind where its schedule was as recently as May.

Eutelsat had been counting on Quantum to be in service in time to provide 13 million euros in revenue for Eutelsat’s current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

Paris-based Eutelsat, which in May had forecasted . . .

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