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Yahsat to launch second satellite on 24th April

Abu Dhabi comms company says Y1B is ready to be moved into final launch position

Yahsat launched its first satellite last year.
Yahsat launched its first satellite last year.

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) has said its second satellite is set to launch on 24th April.

Following the successful transportation from EADS Astrium facilities in Toulouse, France, to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, the Y1B has now been mounted onto its launch vehicle, Yahsat said in a statement.

The satellite is ready to be moved to its final position on land for its successful launch into space next week.

Set to launch on April 24, Yahsat's Y1B will go through a series of vigorous functional tests and launch rehearsals before the rocket is armed and moved into position for take-off.

The Y1B weighs more than 6,000kg, features a spacecraft power of 14kW and has a 15-year designed lifetime.

It is equipped with a commercial multi-beam payload in Ka-band, which will be used to provide a variety of government and commercial applications, including YahClick, a new reliable and affordable satellite broadband service.

The scheduled February launch of the Y1B satellite was postponed "due to reasons beyond its control", Yahsat said in a previous statement.

Yahsat's first satellite, Y1A, which is currently in geostationary orbit, was successfully launched in April 2011 by Arianespace.

It provides a number of strategic communications services for both governmental and commercial customers across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South West Asia.

Yahsat provides multipurpose satellite solutions for broadband, broadcast, military and communications use across the Middle East, Africa and South West Asia.

Based in Abu Dhabi, and wholly owned by Mubadala, Yahsat is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose satellite services.