Yahsat’s satellite hits final position

Y1A is undergoing final testing before activation

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Yahsat’s satellite hits final position Yahsat's satellite, the Y1A has successfully reached its final position and is undergoing final testing.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  May 8, 2011

Yahsat's recently launched satellite, the Y1A has successfully reached its destination at 52.5 degrees east, above the United Arab Emirates.

The Y1A satellite is now in orbit over a service area which includes Africa, Europe, the Middle East and South-West Asia.

"This is a very significant step as we move towards activating Yahsat's services for our customers across the coverage regions," said Jassem Mohamed Al Zaabi, CEO of Yahsat and executive director of Mubadala Information, Communications and Technology. "Our tests thus far have gone well and the satellite appears to be performing properly. It is safe to say the highest degree of risk is behind us and I am confident we will be prepared to activate our services shortly."

The satellite sits 35,786 km above earth in circular geostationary orbit. Now that the Y1A is in its final position, controllers will spend several weeks testing all the satellite's functions before it is activated for commercial and civil missions.

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