Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, announced the successful launch of Es’hail-2 satellite on board a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA. Lift-off of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Es’hail-2 satellite took place at 23:46 Doha time. Es’hail-2 satellite separated from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket at 00:18 Doha time on 16 November and the solar panels were fully deployed about 2 hours after liftoff. The spacecraft is currently in its transfer orbit, and Es’hailSat expects to bring the satellite in to commercial service at 26°E orbital position by January 2019, upon completion of in Orbit Tests.
Ali Al Kuwari, President and CEO of Es’hailSat, said: “I want to dedicate the successful launch of our second satellite to the Emir of Qatar, H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and the Government and people of Qatar. These are exciting times for Es’hailSat and Qatar. Es’hail-2 is the first fully operated satellite for Qatar and is a symbol of Qatar’s commitment to free – secure – and independent communication.”
Built by Mitsubishi Electric Company (MELCO), based on their DS 2000 satellite bus, Es’hail-2 has a proven, modular platform with high power capability and flexibility for a broad range of applications. In addition to offering Ku-band capacity to support the growing 25.5⁰E / 26.0°E broadcast neighborhood, Es’hail-2 also features multi-transponder Ka-band capacity with sophisticated anti-jamming capabilities providing business and government sectors with secure communications across the MENA region. The spacecraft has a design life in excess of 16 years.