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Yahsat AL3 launch 27Jan2018The African and MENA TV market is breathing a sigh of relief after it was confirmed that UAE operator Yahsat's Al Yah 3 satellite is now operating ‘nominally’ following what has been described as a launch anomaly.

Al Yah 3 is the first hybrid electric propulsion GEOStar-3 satellite completed by Orbital ATK and was launched on an Ariane 5 rocket by Arianespace at 22:20 UTC on 25 January 2018 from Kourou in French Guiana.

Yahsat’s latest satellite
is designed to boost communication and video services across the Middle East, Africa and Brazil, and was launched by Arianespace from French Guiana. Its mission is to operate from the 20 degrees West neighbourhood, providing commercial Ka-band coverage to 60% of Africa's population and over 95% of Brazil's population, through direct-to-home (DTH) television, satellite services and broadband brands Yahlive, YahClick, YahService and YahLink.

According to a statement from leading operator Eutelsat, which has contracted capacity for its African Broadband service, the satellite’s mission experienced some challenges during the launch stages which resulted in the Al Yah 3 satellite being inserted into an orbit that differed from the flight plan. Thereafter, said Eutelsat, the satellite was successfully acquired by Yahsat and is now ‘healthy’ and operating ‘nominally’.

“We are pleased to know that the satellite is healthy, and that the necessary steps are being taken to ensure the original mission is fulfilled," commented Yahsat CEO Masood M. Sharif Mahmood. "I would like to thank our technology partner Orbital ATK and the Yahsat team in ensuring the Al Yah 3 objectives are met.”

Addded Frank Culbertson, President of Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group: “Based on data from initial communications, I can report that Al Yah 3 is in orbit, healthy and responding to commands from our mission operations team. We will continue to work closely with our customer, Yahsat, to meet their mission objectives and remain confident that we will deliver a fully operational satellite to the planned orbit."
A revised flight plan will be executed in order to achieve the operational orbit and fulfil the original mission.