Yahsat prepares for launch

Yahsat, the UAE's first nationally-owned satellite communications company, has every reason to exhibit at GULFCOMMS.

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By  Administrator Published  September 20, 2008

Yahsat, the UAE's first nationally-owned satellite communications company, has every reason to exhibit at GULFCOMMS.

The company, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, Abu Dhabi government's strategic investment and development vehicle, is due to launch its first satellite in 2010, and is therefore keen to make contacts and meet with potential partners and customers.

At GULFCOMMS, Yahsat intends to showcase its full range of services, including its satellite capabilities, applications and coverage areas for potential business partners. "This year we are going to make significant announcements at the event, announcements that will shape the future of satellite services in this region," the company said in a statment.

Yahsat partnered with the consortium of EADS Astrium, Thales and Alenia Space to build its hybrid satellite communications system. The first satellite, Yahsat 1A, is being built and will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2010. The second satellite, Yahsat 1B is scheduled for launch in the first half of 2011.

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