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Yahsat to launch third satellite in 2016

Al Yah 3 satellite will extend operator's coverage in Africa and South America

Al Yah 3 will increase Yahsat's coverage in Africa and extend it to South America.
Al Yah 3 will increase Yahsat's coverage in Africa and extend it to South America.

UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat has revealed plans for its third satellite, which it plans to launch in 2016.

The Al Yah 3 satellite will be an all Ka-band high throughput satellite, which will extend the operator's footprint across Africa and into South America, allowing Yahsat to reach an additional 600 million people in 17 countries.

This third satellite places Yahsat as the world's eighth largest operator in terms of revenue

Homaid Al Shemmari, CEO of Aerospace and Engineering Services at Mubadala, said: "Yahsat is one of the UAE's great success stories. With the launch of Al Yah 3, we are well positioned to reach our goal of becoming a global leader in the provision of advanced satellite services. The launch of the company's third satellite within less than a decade of operation is a clear signal of the UAE aerospace industry's intentions for the future."

Al Yah 3 will create new career opportunities for UAE Nationals, through a new program developed for the Al Yah 3 project, which will  allow a select group of students to follow the end-to-end satellite manufacturing process. The students will gain hands-on experience, securing their careers in the industry and building capabilities which benefit the broader UAE technology and aerospace sector.

His Excellency Jassem Bu Ataba Al Zaabi, Chairman of Yahsat's Board of Directors, said: "The UAE is rapidly developing as a key player in the global satellite industry, becoming the region's hub for satellite innovation. With the support of our leadership, customers, partners and suppliers, Yahsat is the leading regional operator for the deployment of government satellite communication programs, as well as pioneering innovative commercial platforms. The next goal is to make our value proposition a global one."

Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Yahsat Chief Executive Officer said: "Al Yah 3 marks another milestone for Yahsat, expanding our footprint to new markets and reinforcing our vision to be the global partner of choice for reliable, innovative and affordable satellite solutions. The success of both Y1A and Y1B in providing government, NGO, consumer and corporate services has given us the drive to explore new growth avenues."

"Our success is in large part to the world-class international experts and Emirati professionals that work side by side to make Yahsat a truly multicultural company that encourages and drives our employees to meet and exceed challenges with confidence," added Mahmood.