Yahsat has announced a partnership with Orbital Science Corporation, who will manufacture Al Yah 3, and Arianespace who will launch the new satellite into orbit from French Guiana in Q4 2016.
Commenting on the appointment of partners Orbital and Arianespace, His Excellency Jassem Bu Ataba Al Zaabi, chairman of Yahsat’s Board of Directors said: “After a rigorous selection process of over two years that included the majority of Yahsat international engineers, Yahsat has chosen two industry-leading organisations that will manufacture and launch our third satellite in late 2016. Having worked with Arianespace for the launch of Y1A, one of the world’s most advanced satellites currently in orbit, and with Orbital’s impressive track record of building over 150 satellites that have amassed over 1,000 years of in-orbit experience, both companies have proven their ability to meet and exceed our expectations for world class connectivity in Africa and Brazil.”
Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, chief executive officer at Yahsat said: “Looking ahead as development and launch plans progress, Yahsat will continue to explore ground partners and distributors across both Africa and Brazil. We will provide a 360 degree service platform to facilitate the distribution of broadband and connectivity services in our target markets. Part of this exercise is to ensure that Yahsat builds the right distribution and operational platforms within each of its markets.”
David W. Thompson, Orbital’s chairman and chief executive officer, commented: “We are honored to have been selected as Yahsat’s partner to design, build, test and deliver the Al Yah 3 satellite for launch in late 2016. Being a part of this program is very important to our team because it enables us to contribute to the development of the advanced technology industry in the UAE. We look forward to working with the Yahsat team on this high-throughput/light-weight GEOStar satellite.”
Arianespace CEO Stéphane Yvon Laurent, added: “On behalf of Arianespace, I feel honored of Yahsat’s renewed trust in Arianespace’s tailor-made launch solutions, after the successful launch in April 2011 of its first satellite, Yahsat-1A, by Ariane 5. Al Yah 3 launch contract marks the continuation of a long-term partnership between Yahsat and Arianespace in support of Yahsat’s growth as a global operator based in the Middle East. Being selected by Yahsat is also a true recognition of the quality and competitiveness of Arianespace’s offer. Besides, Al Yah 3 will be the 28th satellite manufactured by Orbital and launched by Arianespace: we are eager to work with Orbital again for mission integration and launch.”