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Operators see software-defined satellite future approaching

Artist's rendition of the Eutelsat Quantum class satellite. Credit: Airbus Defence and Space

Flexible, re-configurable satellites have been seen as an elusive holy grail in the industry for years now, but the technology seems to be gaining traction finally among satellite manufacturers and operators for commercial use cases.

“If you look at the world today, what’s making the world go round is software,” said Jean-Luc Froeliger, Intelsat VP of satellite operations and engineering…

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