Yahsat all set to launch its 1st satellite
Abu Dhabi, March 3, 2011
Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, has scheduled the launch of Y1A, its first satellite, on March 30, around 3am UAE time.
This will be the first of two planned Yahsat satellite launches for this year, with Y1B due to launch in Q4 this year.
Yahsat has commissioned the launch of two satellites to create regionally focused capacity to manage the region’s expanding requirements for government, commercial and consumer satellite communication services.
Yahsat will support Abu Dhabi’s ambition to become a hub for media broadcasting and telecommunications services by allowing clients from Europe and South Asia to connect with customers across the entire coverage area.
Y1A will have a coverage footprint spanning the Middle East, Africa, and Southwest Asia.
“By expanding our satellite communication capabilities, we are supporting the development of an advanced information and communications infrastructure that will drive economic diversification and social progress across the whole region,” said Jassem Mohamed Al Zaabi, CEO of Yahsat and executive director of Mubadala Information, Communications and Technology.
Y1A, which has a projected product lifespan of more than 15 years, will deliver a range of Yahsat’s commercial and government satellite service offerings.
YahLive will provide Direct-to-Home (DTH) television capacity and services to more than two dozen countries across the coverage area. YahLink will support telecom services and communication links for applications such as corporate data networks, Internet trunking and GSM backhauling.
In addition to extending services to the civilian market, Abu Dhabi’s first satellite will also provide the first secure Ka band communications capacity (YahSecure) within the coverage area, enabling state-of-the-art infrastructure for military communications. Beyond the UAE, YahSecure will enable Yahsat’s service division, YahService, to provide support for governments in the areas of administration, defence and emergency management.
Yahsat has already identified a number of opportunities to provide services in commercial and military connectivity, including a 15-year agreement with the UAE Armed Forces to provide an integrated satellite communications network and control center.
Yahsat has partnered with a consortium composed of EADS Astrium and Thales Alenia Space to manufacture the Y1A multi-purpose satellite; and with Arianespace, the experienced international launch services provider, to project Y1A into orbit from its station in Kourou, French Guiana.
Control of the satellite will be managed by a team of trained UAE-national satellite controllers based out of the Yahsat control station in Al Falah, Abu Dhabi.-TradeArabia News Service