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Y1B satellite successfully launched

Dual satellite communications system

The Y1B communications satellite, designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space, has been launched on board a Proton rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

Y1B is the second satellite of the United Arab Emirates’ space communications programme for both commercial and governmental users.

Comprising two satellites (Y1A, launched in April 2011, and Y1B) and a ground segment, the Yahsat project is a complete commercial and military satellite communications system built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space for the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat). Based in the United Arab Emirates, Yahsat is a satellite communications operator and a pioneer in the field across the Middle East, Africa, South West Asia and Europe.

Y1B will deliver communications for both commercial and governmental usersY1B will deliver Ka-band communications for both commercial and governmental users. It will provide high-data rate internet services for public and private users in the Middle East, Africa and South West Asia with state-of-the-art Ka-band multi spot-beam technology, achieving cost-effective bandwidth supply. The governmental mission will bring a substantial increase in the total capacity available for the UAE secure communications over the Middle East, complementing the Y1A satellite.

The Yahsat system will offer innovative commercial solutions, including HDTV broadcasting, internet trunking via satellite, corporate data networks, and internet services for public and private users.

Like Y1A, Y1B was integrated by Airbus Defence and Space on a Eurostar E3000 platform. More than 50 Eurostar satellites have now been launched and have accumulated over 400 years of successful in-orbit operation.

Photo: Archive image © Roscosmos

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46th successful launch in a row of the Airbus Defence and Space-built Ariane 5

Kourou, 21 September 2011 – Ariane 5, the European launch vehicle developed and manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space, today successfully lifted-off from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

For François Auque, Airbus Defence and Space CEO, “This 46th consecutive success confirms the reliability of Airbus Defence and Space as a prime contractor for Ariane. Airbus Defence and Space’s particular expertise in cryogenic propulsion enables the launch vehicle to answer the customer requests on a very comprehensive range of missions.”

For this 204th flight, Ariane 5 placed 8,974 kilos into geostationary orbit.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services.

In 2010, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €5 billion and more than 15,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment, and Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.

AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.


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