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July 8th, 2012

Thales Alenia Space + Yahsat... Hand Off Happening (Satellite)

Artistic concept illustration of Yahsat's Y1B satellite.
[SatNews] Astrium and Thales Alenia Space have successfully completed the in-orbit testing of the...

...Y1B satellite, conducted from the Yahsat control centre in Abu Dhabi (UAE). Yahsat CEO Tareq Abdulraheem Al Hosani said, “I am pleased with the work carried out by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space in the in-orbit delivery of our second satellite.” Y1B is now ready to provide operational communications services for commercial and governmental clients with its Ka-band multi-beam technology, Y1B offers state of the art secure communications and high throughput broadband solutions to its customers in the Middle East, Africa, South-West and Central Asia.

Astrium and Thales Alenia Space are co-prime contractors of the Yahsat Turn Key Contract. Y1A and Y1B satellites are built on Astrium Eurostar E3000 platforms with telecommunication payloads from Thales Alenia Space.

Yahsat provides multipurpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, military communications use across the Middle East, Africa and South West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, and wholly owned by Mubadala, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose satellite services. Yahsat’s first satellite Y1A was successfully launched in April 2011, and the second satellite Y1B in April of 2012.