YahSat 1b launch set for April 24
April 19, 2012 08.21 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Yahsat 1b is set to launch on April 24 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch was postponed twice; the original launch was scheduled last February.

An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the satellite. Yahsat 1B is owned bv the Al Yah Satellite Communications, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, the Abu Dhabi Governmentís strategic investment company.

The Y1B weighs more than 6,000 kg, features a spacecraft power of 14kW and has a 15-year designed lifetime. It is equipped with a commercial multi-beam payload in Ka-band, which will be used to provide a variety of government and commercial applications, including YahLive, the HD-only satellite DTH platform.