UAE Al Yah 3 – Serving millions around the world

In the early hours of Friday morning, the UAE blasted Al Yah 3 into space from French Guiana, setting a new milestone to the country’s journey to space.

The launcher’s liftoff took place on January 25, 2018 at 7:20 pm (around 2.20 am UAE time). A few seconds after ignition of the upper stage, the second tracking station located in Natal, Brazil, did not acquire the launcher telemetry. This lack of telemetry lasted throughout the rest of powered flight.

Subsequently, both satellites were confirmed separated, acquired and they are on orbit. SES-14 and Al Yah 3 are communicating with their respective control centers.

Both missions are continuing.

The satellite will provide high-speed Internet in some of the world’s most poorest and rural areas, allowing tens of millions of people to send and receive communication.

The launcher’s liftoff took place on January 25, 2018 at 7:20 pm. A few seconds after ignition of the upper stage, the second tracking station located in Natal, Brazil, did not acquire the launcher telemetry. This lack of telemetry lasted throughout the rest of powered flight. Subsequently, both satellites were confirmed separated, acquired and they are on orbit. SES-14 and Al Yah 3 are communicating with their respective control centers. Both missions are continuing.

Al Yah 3 will reach 20 African nations, totalling a whopping 60 per cent of Africa’s population, and more than 90 per cent of Brazil’s population.

Dr Mohammed Al Ahbabi, director general of the UAE Space Agency, told Khaleej Times the satellite will offer communication to some of the world’s most isolated communities.

“Just imagine, a company here from the UAE will be serving people in the Amazon and providing broadband Internet; connecting people, schools and hospitals,” he said, on the sidelines of the iShuttle portal launch in January.

Dr Al Ahbabi said that the UAE space sector will help generate for the country, adding that it is a key and significant tool to any economy, which contributes to a knowledge-based economy.

The communications satellite that belongs to YahSat, is owned by Mubadala Investment Company, which also has satellites that serve the government, the military and the private sector.

YahSat has satellites that currently cover 140 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, as well as Asia.

The UAE Space Agency’s Twitter handle said: “The highly-anticipated day is here! Today we launch the #AlYah3, the third in @yashsatofficial fleet from Kourou in French Guiana.”

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