Astrium and Thales Alenia Space, Europe’s leading space companies, have successfully completed the in-orbit testing of the Y1B satellite, conducted from the Yahsat control centre in Abu Dhabi (UAE). Y1B satellites, along with the preceding Y1A satellites, are built on Astrium Eurostar E3000 platforms with telecommunication payloads from Thales Alenia Space
Y1B is now ready to provide operational communications services for commercial and governmental clients with its Ka-band multi-beam technology. The satellite offers state of the art secure communications and high throughput broadband solutions to its customers in the Middle East, Africa, South-West and Central Asia.
Yahsat CEO Tareq Abdulraheem Al Hosani said: “I am pleased with the work carried out by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space in the in-orbit delivery of our second satellite.”
Astrium and Thales Alenia Space are co-prime contractors of the Yahsat Turn Key Contract. Yahsat provides multipurpose satellite solutions (government and commercial) for broadband, broadcast, military communications use across the Middle East, Africa and South West Asia. Based in Abu Dhabi, and wholly owned by Mubadala, it is the first company in the Middle East and Africa to offer multi-purpose satellite services.