Yahsat, a leading global satellite operator based in the UAE, has announced that its third satellite, Al Yah 3, has successfully completed its in-orbit testing and is ready to support the launch of commercial services.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, congratulated the Emirati engineers and youths, who worked for the project.
The satellite will expand Yahsat’s Ka-band coverage to 19 additional markets across Africa covering 60 per cent of the population and marks Yahsat’s first entry into Brazil where 95 per cent of the population will have access to its satellite broadband services.
Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer at Yahsat, said: “Access to the Internet is a key facilitator of social and economic progress. Today, broadband connectivity is playing an important role in creating new opportunities and in accelerating innovation. We are excited by the opportunity Al Yah 3 brings in our ability to deliver reliable and affordable satellite broadband services to parts of the world that need it the most, building upon our previous achievements as pioneers of such services across Africa, the Middle East and south-west Asia.”
The successful mission is the culmination of a project, which has seen Al Yah 3 designed and built with Emirati engineers leading at every stage of the process in partnership with Orbital ATK. The engineers were critical in ensuring the successful end-to-end delivery of the satellite into orbit. More
By WAM khaleejtimes.com