Yahsat Y1A launch
The second Ariane 5 mission of 2011 has successfully launched the communications satellite Yahsat Y1A, designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space.
Yahsat Y1A is the first satellite built for Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), a pioneer in satellite solutions for the Middle East, Africa, South West Asia and Europe.
It is the first part of a fully integrated satellite communications system, comprising the two Y1A and Y1B satellites and ground segment, developed by an industrial team of Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space as co-prime contractors for a turnkey system contract led by Airbus Defence and Space.
The Yahsat system will provide a fully secure telecommunications infrastructure for the UAE military, as well as offering innovative solutions to commercial operators for broadcasting, internet trunking via satellite, corporate data networks and other technologically advanced services.
Airbus Defence and Space is also the industrial prime contractor for the Ariane 5 launch vehicle. Airbus Defence and Space delivers the fully assembled and tested launch vehicle to Arianespace, the commercial launch service provider. The company also supplies all the Ariane 5 stages, equipment bays, flight software and numerous sub-assemblies.
Flight 201 was a double launch, and also placed the communications satellite Intelsat New Dawn in orbit.
For the first time, the Ariane 5 ECA has launched more than 10 tonnes into geostationary orbit – a new record for the European rocket.