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Yahsat Y1A set for launch

The Y1A communications satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space for Yahsat is being readied for launch by Ariane 5 in French Guiana

Kourou, 28 March 2011 - The Yahsat Y1A satellite, which was designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space, has been fully fuelled and integrated with the Ariane 5 launch vehicle at the European spaceport in French Guiana.

Scheduled for launch on 30 March, 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.

The Y1A satellite, based on Airbus Defence and Space’s highly successful Eurostar E3000 platform, was integrated and tested by Airbus Defence and Space. When launched, Yahsat Y1A will be the 22nd Eurostar E3000 in orbit. Airbus Defence and Space’s Eurostar series has accumulated more than 380 years of successful in-obit operations.

Airbus Defence and Space is also the industrial prime contractor for the Ariane 5 launch vehicle that will place Yahsat Y1A in orbit. Thales Alenia Space, which is responsible for the Yahsat Space Segment, supplied the 11.6 kW communications payload operating in C, Ku and Ka bands and is procuring the launcher.


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 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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