Orbital Science to build Yahsat 3, Arianespace to launch it
Rebecca Hawkes
| 11 September 2014
Abu Dhabi's Yahsat has selected the US company Orbital Science to design and build its third satellite, due for launch towards the end of 2016.

Arianespace will launch the satellite Al Yah 3, which will bring the UAE operator's Ka-band coverage to an additional 17 countries and 600 million users across Latin America and Africa.

"Having worked with Arianespace for the launch of Y1A and with Orbital's impressive track record of building more than 150 satellites that have amassed more than 1,000 years of in-orbit experience, both companies have proven their ability to meet and exceed our expectations for world-class connectivity in Africa and Brazil," said Jassem Bu Ataba Al Zaabi, chairman of Yahsat's board of directors.

Yahsat's first satellite Y1A, built by a consortium of EADS Astrium and Thales Alenia Space, was launched by Arianespace in April 2011.

Masood M Sharif Mahmood, CEO, Yahsat, added: "We will provide a 360 degree service platform to facilitate the distribution of broadband and connectivity services in our target markets."