Yahsat satellite launched successfully
Y1A satellite takes off from European Space Centre
The UAE's first satellite, Y1A, has successfully taken off from French Guiana.
The Y1A satellite, owned and operated by Yahsat, was launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from the European Space Centre at 1.37am UAE time.
The satellite will now be maneuvered into position over the UAE, before beginning operation as a commercial and government communications satellite.
Jassem Mohamed Al Zaabi, CEO of Yahsat and executive director of Mubadala Information, Communications and Technology, the Abu Dhabi Government's strategic investment company which owns Yahsat commented: "I would like to express my pride and gratitude during this moment of achievement. This success is the direct result of the unwavering vision, dedication and hard work of our leadership, Mubadala, the UAE Armed Forces and the entire Yahsat team. As a result of this work, we have not only stepped into space, but taken a significant stride in driving economic diversification and progress with our partners across the UAE."
Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, chairman of Yahsat and chief operating officer of Mubadala Development Company, said: "The launch of Y1A is hugely important for Mubadala and Abu Dhabi. Satellite communications are an integral component in establishing the world-class information and communication infrastructure that will support the continued economic diversification of the Emirate. The successful launch of Y1A is a tremendous step forward in delivering an advanced technology and communications offering based here in Abu Dhabi."