Qatar’s Es'hailSat launches its first satellite
Eutelsat and Es'hailSat satellite will serve MENA and Central Asia
France-based Eutelsat Communications and Qatar's Es'hailSat launched their first jointly owned satellite, Eutelsat 25B/Es'hail 1 from French Guiana on August 30.
The satellite, which will serve the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, was launched by an Ariane 5 rocket and is on course for geostationary orbit.
Eutelsat 25B/Es'hail 1's solar panels were deployed within four hours of separation from the launch vehicle and preparations are underway for the first of four firings of its apogee motor to complete its journey into orbit.
Eutelsat and Es'hailSat schedule to bring their jointly owned satellite into service at 25.5° East at the end of October.
Ali Ahmed Al-Kuwari, CEO of Es'hailSat, said: "The Es'hailSat programme plays an important strategic role as Qatar works to meet the rapidly growing communications needs in the region. [...] Qatar's first satellite will provide our strategic stakeholders and commercial customers with broadcasting independence, quality service and wide geographical coverage."
Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO, said: "[The] launch is a milestone marking a three-year journey since Eutelsat sealed a strategic alliance with Es'hailSat, our Qatari partner, to pursue a ground-breaking joint satellite programme.
Based on the SSL 1300 platform of Space Systems/Loral, Eutelsat 25B/Es'hail 1 is designed to serve broadcasters, businesses and public agencies in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia via capacity in the Ku and Ka-bands.
It will replace the Eutelsat 25C satellite at the key 25.5° East position to provide both superior geographic coverage and increased capacity to address dynamically expanding digital markets.
Following Eutelsat 25B/Es'hail 1's entry into service Eutelsat will redeploy its Eutelsat 25C to another location where it will pursue commercial service.