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Y1B satellite launch delayed till April

Haseeb Haider
Filed on February 20, 2012
Y1B satellite launch delayed till April

ABU DHABI - Al Yah Satellite Communications Company or Yahsat, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, cited reasons ‘beyond its control,’ for not sending into space Y1B, satellite this month from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The satellite is now scheduled to be launched in April.

The delay has been the direct result of two failed launch attempts of the SES-4 satellite, which was originally due to launch in December 2011.

The rescheduled January launch date of the SES satellite was again cancelled due to technical problems with the satellite’s ILS Proton launch vehicle. Yahsat’s first satellite Y1A was successfully launched in April 2011.

Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani, Yahsat Chief Executive Officer, described it as ‘unfortunate’ but it is well-known that launch delays, and the ‘domino effect’ they often have on the subsequent launches, is a risk that the satellite industry must face.

“We are actively working with our partners to minimise the impact of the delay by using this time to optimise our planned post launch testing and associated services ... to minimise the delay in our commercial roll-out and are looking at ways we can begin these as early as possible,” he concluded.

Yahsat’s Y1B satellite, which weighs about six tonnes, will be launched into space by a Proton-M launch vehicle with a Briz-M booster. One of the core functions of Y1B will be to provide broadband satellite communication, Internet and corporate data transfer services across the Middle East, Africa, and South West Asia.

These Broadband services will use an extensive ground system provided by HNS and ViaSat, the status of which is “ready to go”, and waiting for the Y1B launch.

Abu Dhabi is building a space programme comprising two satellites providing military, government and commercial enterprises advance communications channels which are reliable and secured.

The integrated FSS system, which has been designed by an industrial team of EADS Astrium and Thales Alenia Space, will provide satellite communications services for both governmental and commercial customers across the Middle-East, Africa, Europe and South West Asia.

It will offer a wide portfolio of voice, data, video and internet connectivity solutions designed to accommodate the demand for emerging applications in the satellite industry including satellite broadband, HDTV and various other satellite services. Yahsat provides multipurpose satellite solutions for broadband, broadcast, military and Communications use across the Middle East, Africa and South West Asia.

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