Case study: Satellite service

Es'hail 1 the first Qatari satellite shares capacity with Eutelsat
Es'hailsat 1 in orbit at 25.5-degrees East.
Es'hailsat 1 in orbit at 25.5-degrees East.

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Space Sytems /Loral created, and put into service Es’hail 1, the first Qatari satellite that shares capacity with Eutelsat

Before 2010, no Qataris had ever worked in the satellite operator sector, so there wasn’t a pool of experienced people that could be recruited to run Qatar’s inaugral satellite project.

Ali Al Kuwari, CEO, Es’hailSat said: “The quickest way for us to get into service with our first satellite was to partner with an established satellite operator who could help us with the procurement.

We partnered with the European satellite operator Eutelsat; our first satellite Es’hail 1 is like an apartment block with two apartments owned by different people but sharing the same location and the same physical structure. We call our part of the satellite Es’hail 1 and Eutelsat calls their slightly smaller part Eutelsat 25B.”

Es’hailSat and Eutelsat together selected SSL to build the satellite, a contract which SSL won in the face of stiff international competition, and while the satellite was being built we Es’hailSat were able to develop our own team of people.

John Celli, president of SSL said: “The launch and in-orbit testing of Es’hail 1, which shares a platform with Eutelsat, went according to plan. SSL and Arianespace have launched many satellites together, the team was very experienced with launch preparation of SSL satellites, and all activities were executed perfectly.”

Es’hail 1 successful launched on August 29 2013 and following a series of in-orbit tests and maneuvers, the satellite officially entered service on Qatar’s National Day, 18th December 2013.

Es’hail 1 will help to meet the rapidly growing communications needs in the region and is Es’hailSat’s first step toward becoming a centre of excellence in the region, developing a sustainable national satellite industry, and contributing to the success of the country’s 2030 vision.

The successful teamwork between SSL and Es’hailSat included the provision of an intensive two-year satellite engineering internship which helped train four engineers to become the country’s first satellite operator engineers. Under SSL’s guidance, they followed Es’hail 1 through design, manufacture, test and launch.

Es’hail 1 is already almost completely sold out, with Al Jazeera taking a significant part of the capacity for high definition versions of its premium sports (beIN) and news channels. Other types of capacity are also leased out to other Qatari stakeholders.

Es’hailSat, The Qatar Satellite Company was established in 2010. It is based in Doha, Qatar, the company will own and operate satellites to serve broadcasters, businesses and governments.

Es’hail 1 was successfully launched on 29th August 2013. Es’hail 2 is currently under development and will be located at the 26 degrees East TV broadcasting hotspot.

SSL has a long history of delivering satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the world.

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Summary

Objective
Qatar- based Es’hailSat, was looking for a satellite manufacturer to build its first satellite. It was also looking for an existing operator to partner with. Lastly it needed a partner who could train staff to manage satellite operations and be able to take Qatar’s satellite plans forward.

Solution
In collaboration with Eutelsat, Es’hailsat chose Space Systems/Loral to build its first satellite that could will be used for TV broadcasting, telecommunications and government communications. The successful teamwork between SSL and Es’hailSat included the provision of an intensive two-year satellite engineering internship which helped train four engineers to become the country’s first satellite operator engineers.

Results
Es’hail 1 was built by space Systems / Loral and launched by Arianespace on August 29. The satellite was put into service on December 18. Es’hail 1 is already almost completely sold out, with Al Jazeera taking a significant part of the capacity for high definition versions of its premium sports (beIN) and news channels. Other types of capacity are also leased out to other Qatari stakeholders.

In Practice
Es’hail 1 is a multi-mission satellite with eight Ku-band transponders which are used for TV broadcasting, and are enough to support around 80 standard definition TV channels.

The satellite also has another nine Ka-band transponders which are used for more specialised TV broadcasting and for telecommunications. The satellite is built on SSL’s 1300 platform, and has an estimated life of 15 years.

Es’hail 1’s capacity is almost completely sold out , and the operator is working on building Es’hail 2.

The teamwork between SSL and Es’hailSat included a two-year satellite engineering internship which helped train four engineers to become the country’s first satellite operator engineers.

Under SSL’s guidance, they followed Es’hail 1 through design, manufacture, test and launch.
The satellite operator’s second satellite is currently under development and will be located at 26-degrees East. This has cemented Qatar’s satellite dreams and its vision for 2030.

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