Launch will help expand its operations in Africa and mark Yahsat’s entry into Brazil
Abu Dhabi: Yahsat’s Al Yah 3 satellite is all set for launch during the early hours of Friday, as the UAE-based satellite company prepares to expand its operations into Africa as well as enter Brazil for the first time.
Part of a joint venture between Yahsat — owned by Mubadala Investment Company — and Orbital ATK, Al Yah 3 will be launched from Kourou, French Guinea at 2.20am.
The satellite will provide broadband services to 60 per cent of Africa’s population and to more than 95 per cent of Brazil’s population, highlighting the significance of Al Yah 3.
The manufacture of Al Yah 3, which is the first hybrid electric propulsion GEOStar-3 satellite to be completed by Orbital ATK, involved a project management team comprising Emirati engineers who have been based at Orbital ATK’s satellite manufacturing facility in Virginia, US.
Yahsat has already launched two satellites — Al Yah 1 in 2011 and Al Yah 2 in 2012 — with both satellites providing broadband and communication services to 140 countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, among others.
— With inputs from WAM