Yahsat, the UAE-based satellite operator, a wholly owned company of the Mubadala Development Company, has announced that it has completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) of its latest satellite, Al Yah 3.
Yahsat senior management joined the Yahsat team of engineers embedded at the Orbital ATK facilities, in Virginia, USA along with its partner Orbital ATK for this moment that represented the final stage before assembling all components of the satellite together.
The CDR is conducted during the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase, and completion of this indicates that all specifications and requirements have been captured into the overall final design of the satellite.
Emirati engineer, Adnan Al Muhairi, Al Yah 3 Satellite project manager, said: “It’s a great day for all of us. It has been a tremendous learning experience for me being based at the manufacturing facility in the USA. Having the opportunity to work hands on throughout this process, and to see how our hard work is paying off with the successful completion of this review just adds to my excitement about the upcoming launch. I am very proud to be contributing to the UAE’s next mission in to space.”
Once the new satellite is operational, Yahsat’s Ka-band coverage footprint will be significantly expanded, bringing high-speed, affordable satellite broadband services to the Brazilian and African consumer and enterprise markets, as well as economic, high data-rate backhaul links for ISPs and telecommunications operators.