Orbital ATK delivers Al Yah 3 satellite to launch site


The Al Yah 3 satellite.

The Al Yah 3 satellite.

Orbital ATK says that the Al Yah 3 satellite has arrived at its launch site in Kourou, French Guiana, for its upcoming launch with Arianespace in January 2018.

Al Yah 3, built for Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), is the first hybrid electric propulsion GEOStar-3 satellite to be completed by Orbital ATK.

Once launched it will help further Yahsat’s aspirations to develop a commercial inflight connectivity solution. “Get Connected’s” Steve Nichols tested a demonstration of its Ka-band solution, developed with du, Etihad Airways Engineering, Hughes Network Systems and Carlisle Interconnect at the Dubai Airshow last month.

The satellite was built at the company’s satellite manufacturing facility in Dulles, Virginia, and shipped to the launch site on November 28. Al Yah 3 will extend Yahsat’s commercial Ka-band coverage to an additional 600 million users across Africa and Brazil.

Orbital ATK says Al Yah 3 is an all Ka-band high-throughput and light-weight satellite that sets a new standard for affordability and payload flexibility in its class.

Amer Khouri, Vice President of the Commercial Satellite Business at Orbital ATK, said: “Today’s delivery highlights the teamwork and cooperation between Orbital ATK and Yahsat that brings us one step closer to advancing our customer’s goals.

“With the satellite now in Kourou, we look forward to working with both Yahsat and Arianespace to prepare for a successful launch in January.”

Marcus Vilaca, Chief Technology Officer at Yahsat, said: “Al Yah 3 is a significant milestone in realising our vision at Yahsat. Extending our affordable broadband services to 60% of the people in Africa and more than 95% in Brazil to bridge the digital divide and enable a more connected world is core to our strategy.

“We look forward to the successful launch of Al Yah 3 and thereafter furthering our ambitions via future missions to support more growth for YahClick, and for our other business lines such as commercial in-flight connectivity.”

Oribital ATK says the GEOStar-3 platform is the newest, highest power and most advanced platform in the flight-proven GEOStar product line. The spacecraft bus features an increase in both battery capacity and solar array power, enabling the GEOStar-3 to provide up to eight kilowatts of power to the payload.

The hybrid electric propulsion system provides the benefits of higher power and greater payload capability while maintaining cost-effective launches and a faster path to orbit than all electric systems.

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