3rd launched satellite completes orbit; commercial use in future?

Making the nation and the citizens proud, the 3rd satellite has successfully been launched and has completed its orbit.

On Wednesday, the third satellite launched by UAE-based global satellite operator Yahsat into space this year has completed its orbit testing and is now ready to start offering commercial services.

Yahsat, wholly owned by Abu Dhabi government-controlled Mubadala Investment Company, announced the successful completion of Al Yah 3’s testing mission, said the report. In January this year, the satellite was launched into orbit from French Guiana to expand Yahsat’s Ka-band coverage to 19 additional markets in Africa covering 60% of the population.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has commended the successful launch of Yahsat 3.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Shaikh Mohammad said: “This is yet another achievement for the Emirati youth and the UAE. The satellite Yahsat 3 was successfully launched with the participation and management of the UAE. Today, the UAE youth are reaching new heights and realizing new achievement and ambition. This is what Zayed wanted them to be”.

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“The UAE space project is rapidly moving forward thanks to the unlimited support and continuous follow-up by my brother Mohammad Bin Zayed. Our investments in the aerospace sector amount to Dh 20 billion. We have the largest space sector in the region and soon the first Arab probe will reach Mars. Thank you Mohammad Bin Zayed”, Shaikh Mohammad tweeted.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, also lauded the Yahsat team for their success and assured them of the country’s continuous support.

What is the Al Yah 3 satellite

Al Yah 3 satellite

Specifications: Spacecraft

Launch Mass: 3,790 kg (8,338 lb.)

Batteries: Li-Ion batteries

Mission Life: 15 years

Payload: Produces approximately 7.5 kilowatts of payload electrical power

Repeater: 53 operational user beams, 4 operational gateway beams

Antenna: 8 payload reflectors on deployable pallets

– The Ka-band spot beams provide two-way communications services to facilitate high-speed delivery of data to end-user applications such as broadband Internet and corporate networking as well as IP backhaul for telecommunications service providers.

Mission: Ka-band Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) Communications

Coverage: Africa and Brazil


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