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QKDSat 1, 2

QKDSat 1 [QinetiQ]

QKDSat 1 and 2 (Quantum Key Distribution Satellite) are small low earth orbit communications satellites by the UK based Arqit Ltd. to provide delivery of quantum encryption keys.

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

The spacecrafts will each be launched aboard a LauncherOne rocket built by Virgin Orbit beginning in 2023 from Spaceport Cornwall (Newquay Airport).

Nation: UK
Type / Application: Communications
Operator: Arqit
Contractors: Qinetiq
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
QKDSat 1 - 2023 Nq RW12/30 LauncherOne
QKDSat 2 - 202x Nq RW12/30 LauncherOne

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