Yahsat, a leading global satellite operator based in the UAE, is pleased to provide an update on the progress following the launch of the Al Yah 3 mission last week.
As previously reported, the Al Yah 3 spacecraft was injected into an incorrect orbit by the Ariane 5 rocket. The satellite continues to operate nominally and is in good health.
Yahsat is working closely with industry experts, including the satellite manufacturer Orbital ATK, in developing a revised, optimal orbit raising strategy to achieve the intended mission and as such has initiated the orbit raising maneuvers.
Al Yah 3, an all Ka-band satellite, and the first hybrid electric propulsion GEOStar-3™ satellite completed by Orbital ATK, was launched on an Ariane 5 rocket by Arianespace at 22:20 UTC January 25th 2018 from Kourou in French Guiana.
Al Yah 3 will join Al Yah 1 and Al Yah 2 in helping to empower millions of people across the Middle East, Africa, South West Asia and Brazil to access affordable Internet access via Yahsat’s high-speed satellite broadband service, YahClick. The service is designed to provide satellite broadband Internet to everyone, opening up new opportunities for every aspect of society from governments and enterprises to end users at home. Al Yah 3 will expand Yahsat’s commercial Ka-band coverage to an additional 19 new markets in Africa, reaching 60% of the population. Furthermore, Al Yah 3 will serve Brazil, covering over 95% of its population.
Al Yah 3 is due to begin delivering commercial services this year.