Y1B, Yahsat's second satellite, has arrived at 47.5 degrees East, it’s operation zone, which is roughly above the United Arab Emirates.
The satellite was launched on April 24 at 2.18am Abu Dhabi time by a Proton-M launch vehicle with a Briz-M booster from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The satellite is based on the Eurostar-3000 satellite platform and weighs more than six tonnes, and is also considered to be the biggest satellite ever built in Europe.
"We are proud to announce the successful launch of our second satellite Y1B," said Tareq Abdel Raheem Al Hosani, CEO of Yahsat. "Y1B will offer affordable, uninterrupted and high-speed satellite broadband Internet service for under-served communities across the region via our YahClick service. Now in its final position, controllers will spend the next several weeks testing every aspect of the satellite's functionality before its systems are activated for Y1B's duel commercial and civil missions."
Y1B is in a geo-stationary orbit and is scheduled to remain in continuous operation for at least 15 years, providing broadband satellite communication, Internet and corporate data transfer services to clients across the Middle East, Africa, and Southwest Asia.
Jassem Mohamed Al Zaabi, Yahsat's, Chairman of Yahsat also commented, "The successful launch of Y1B is a testament to Yahsat's strong vision and mission to becoming one of the region's leading satellite operations. Looking ahead our team will complete the final testing stage for Y1B to ensure we are able to roll out satellite broadband connectivity successfully across the region through our YahClick service."