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Yahsat: Al Yah 3 satellite ‘in good health’

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.

yahsatThe satellite operator said it is working closely with industry experts, including the satellite manufacturer Orbital ATK, in developing a “revised, optimal orbit raising strategy”.

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.