Yahsat has said that its Al Yah 3 satellite “continues to operate nominally and is in good health” following a launch anomaly more than a week ago.
This comes after the Al Yah 3 spacecraft was injected into an incorrect orbit by the Ariane 5 rocket following its launch from Kourou in French Guiana on January 25.
Once in place the satellite will expand Yahsat’s commercial Ka-band coverage to an additional 19 new markets in Africa, reaching 60% of the population. It will also provide coverage over Brazil.
Eutelsat has contracted capacity on the Yahsat’Al Yah 3 satellite for its African broadband service.
Yahsat said that Al Yah 3 is due to begin delivering commercial services this year.