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Arqit 1, 2

Arqit 1 [Arqit]

Arqit 1 and 2 are small low earth orbit communications satellites by the UK based Arqit Ltd. to provide delivery of quantum encryption keys. The actual name of the satellites has not been confirmed.

QinetiQ is the builder of the satellites. The satellites use optical communications system for the distribution of the quantum keys.

The spacecraft will each be launched aboard a LauncherOne rocket built by Virgin Orbit beginning in 2023.

Nation: UK
Type / Application: Communications
Operator: Arqit
Contractors: Qinetiq
Equipment:
Configuration:
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass:
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Arqir 1 - 2023 ? LauncherOne
Arqit 2 - 202x ? LauncherOne

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