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Yahsat's Y1B off to a flying start

Y1B, Yahsat's second satellite was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on April 24 at 2:18 am Abu Dhabi time

Y1B was launched on April 24.
Y1B was launched on April 24.

Yahsat has announced that it has successfully launched its second satellite - Y1B, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch took place on April 24th at 2:18 am Abu Dhabi time.

Y1B has a 15-year design lifetime and is equipped with a commercial multi-beam Ka-band payload which can be used to provide government and commercial applications.

The satellite will also enable ‘YahClick', a new affordable satellite broadband service for the Middle East, Africa, and South West Asia. Yahsat has partnerships across 28 countries within the regional geography. These partners have been selected to ensure that the "YahClick" service will be reliably and effectively marketed, installed and supported for customers. Yahsat also wants to bring ‘YahClick' service to homes, schools and businesses throughout the region.

Commenting on the successful launch of Y1B, Jassem Mohamed Al Zaabi, Yahsat vice chairman, Mubadala ICT Director said: "The successful launch of Yahsat 's Y1B satellite reaffirms Abu Dhabi's commitment to growing and developing the ICT sector across the region. We believe technology has the ability to change the way we live and work - by pushing the boundaries of technological development we can enhance communities' lives."

Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani Yahsat CEO said "With the satellite in orbit, we are on track in our mission to connect communities around the region with reliable, affordable broadband services through our "YahClick" service. Communications is a vital factor for economic and social growth in today's world and we are very excited to be bringing this pioneering vision into reality."

Y1B weighs more than 6,000 kg and has a spacecraft power of 14kW.