The group of 20 European companies made an agreement for the Eagle-1 satellite which is for three years of missions in low Earth orbit.
Eagle-1 satellites deliver secure networks to monitor communication and change the state of the photons, destroying the keys.
China launched a Micius satellite that is the world’s first quantum-enabled satellite in 2016.
The University of Science and Technology of China has developed a smaller satellite.
Virgin Orbit launched the first LEO satellites by British quantum technology encryption startup Arqit in 2023.
European teams including Austria, Belgium, Canada and the Czech Republic ESA have a public-private partnership with Arqit.
Under its Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) program, The Eagle-1 project is co-funded by ESA.